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Mitsubishi Estate Finds Hot Spring in Tokyo’s Otemachi Area

Tokyo office workers and tourists looking to soothe their aching backs and shoulders in one of Japan’s famous hot springs will soon have an option beyond the stone-lined baths deep in the mountains.

Mitsubishi Estate Co., Japan’s biggest developer by market value, found a natural hot spring in the heart of Tokyo’s Otemachi financial district after digging 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) deep, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement yesterday. The developer conducted research and consulted specialists, and was told the chances of finding thermal water in the area was high, said Takahiko Yamazaki, a Tokyo-based spokesman at Mitsubishi Estate.