When we recommend sun-soaked, warm-weather destinations - say, on the beach or in the jungle – the daily temperature usually tops off at 90 F. Anything above this is just unpleasant. Some places, however, are worth seeking out even though they're so blistering hot you'll have to prepare yourself to be uncomfortable. For these 10 worthy hot spots – with average temperatures well over 100 F – bring lots of water, sunscreen, a good hat, and, if you can help it, have a room with air conditioning.
The city of Beppu in southern Japan is home to countless onsen, natural hot springs used for bathing. Locals claim the springs are cure-alls for maladies ranging from skin conditions to digestive problems to neurological disorders. We can't vouch for any of the medical claims, but there's no denying a good, hot soak feels pretty good. Beppu also has eight boiling pools lovingly referred to as jigoku (hells), and as their name indicates, they're much too hot to enter, with temperatures topping 200 F in some places.
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