Otawara Spice Festival & Foot Onsen! Let's Be Hot! - 大田原唐辛子フェスタ&足湯!

Today I traveled to the northern Tochigi city of Otawara for their annual spice festival. In Japan, hot spice or 唐辛子(togarashi) is made from peppers. Japanese food is normally not spicy at all, but occasionally somebody adventurous will add some spice into their meal. 
Otawara Spice Festival
Lots of spicy food to try out!

What is special about his festival, however, are their tacos! Japan is not really skilled at creating great Mexican cuisine, however these come close enough. I will say that the tacos last year were better, and had varying degrees of spiciness. There was even a taco eating contest!
Otawara Tacos
Mmm...tacos!
The best taco slogan ever!
The best taco slogan ever!
After some tacos and a gelato to cool off the spiciness, I then headed to Nasushiobara to a foot onsen (or hot spring). 
Foot Hot Spring in Nasushiobara

Unlike regular hot springs where you bathe your entire body, this was just to soak your tired feet and relieve some stress.

Foot Hot Spring in Nasushiobara

Foot Hot Spring in Nasushiobara

The water temperature was quite hot, enough to turn your skin red. There were also stones of varying size to massage your feet and hit certain pressure points to relieve various ailments such as motion sickness & digestion.

Foot Hot Spring in Nasushiobara
Step right in!
The weather was rainy and a bit cold all day, so warming myself inside with spicy tacos, and outside with a hot spring, were quite relaxing and enjoyable.

Shea

Otawara Spice Festival & Foot Onsen! Let's Be Hot! - 大田原唐辛子フェスタ&足湯! Otawara Spice Festival & Foot Onsen! Let's Be Hot! - 大田原唐辛子フェスタ&足湯! Reviewed by Shea Roberts on 9:23 PM Rating: 5
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