An onsen is a term for hot springs in the Japanese language, though the term is often used describe the bathing facilities and inns around a hot springs town. A volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen scattered along its length and breadth. Onsen were traditionally used as public bathing places. Onsen come in many types and shapes, including outdoor rotenburo and indoor baths. Onsen are a central feature of Japanese tourism often found out in the countryside but there a number of popular establishments still found within major cities. They are a major tourist attraction drawing Japanese couples, families or company groups who want to get away from the hectic life of the city to relax. Japanese often talk of the virtues of "naked communion".