If you're one for spas and jacuzzis, chances are you'll enjoy Japan's affinity for luxury. The Japanese are masters at creating grand experiences founded on philosophy and disciplined art forms. These well-defined trademarks of Japanese culture have evolved over centuries to form the modern Japan we know and enjoy today. One such experience that should not be missed is bathing at an onsen. Traditionally, bathhouses are public venues accessible to most townspeople and city dwellers, but modern tourism has designed it for ryokans and luxury hotels. The attraction of natural minerals and its benefits for the skin and overall health have made onsen very popular.
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We are going to Japan this coming Novemeber for 3 weeks from Tokyo and down to Hiroshima. My Q is: If we fo to natural hot spring, do we have to be naked? Or we wear appropriate swim wears? I've seen on TV that when people to go public bath house, they are naked - I personally dont like that, so if I wear swimmers, is that a problem? I really want to experience the natural hot spring, but if we go as a group of family members, being naked in front of each other is not part of our culture Modesty can be preserved by strategically holding the small onsen towel. For real hot springs outdoor or indoor , there is nothing to wear. You bring the small towel with you. However, the towel should never be put into the water directly.
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If you are traveling as a couple and want to bath in a Japanese hot spring together, here are our top picks for mixed-gender onsen close to Tokyo. Visiting an onsen , a Japanese hot spring, should absolutely be on your Japan bucket list. It is not only incredibly relaxing after a long day of walking or hiking , it is also apparently great for your health—plus many happen to be set among stunning scenery.
In fact I think the best time to be nude is when you have a lot of clothes on, and maybe a coat. So to strip off and bathe in front of a bunch of old Japanese dudes, not to mention a few of my fellow travellers with whom I shared miso soup earlier and would have to make small talk with for the next 10 days, filled me with the sort of apprehension that weirdly manifests in hearty bravado ie. It was great! You must have gone in afterwards. Man, how good were those…traditional Japanese baths, am I right? Enjoy a traditional onsen experience on an Intrepid trip to Japan! It may seem self explanatory, but there were a number of people on our trip, myself included to be frank, that expected to be allowed in wearing bathers. To clarify, that means naked, not screaming. The 60 year-old Japanese man gave my ill-considered ink no more than a friendly, if uncomprehending, smile.