Last Resort: The Struggle of Kira Onsen

Broadcasters' Eye

50m 00s
Broadcast on August 27, 2022 Available until August 27, 2023

Broadcasters' Eye showcases programs by commercial and cable television broadcasters in Japan.
About midway between Tokyo and Kyoto Prefecture, Nishio City's Kira Onsen, with scenic views of Mikawa Bay, has long been a popular hot spring resort town. But since the onset of the pandemic, overseas visitors and large tour groups vanished. Over the course of a year, we talk with the people of Kira Onsen as they struggle to rediscover the appeal of their hot spring town and attract new visitors in a bid for survival. This interview-style documentary offers a frank depiction of life in regional Japan.

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