Japanese style spa
Japanese people love hot spring so much, which called “Onsen” in Japanese, for a long time. Because we have a lot of volcanoes, we also have a lot of hot spring areas. Every region of the country has hot springs and resort towns.
Onsen are treasured for quite a few reasons. For health, the minerals of Onsen are known for their healing qualities. What’s more, Onsen are often found away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in remote mountainside areas where people can rejuvenate by taking pleasure in nature and outdoor activities. Needless to say, Onsen incredibly popular destinations for Japanese travelers.
There are a lot of types of hot springs, distinguished by the minerals or chemicals dissolved in the water. Different minerals provide different health benefits, and all hot springs have a relaxing effect on your body and mind. It is also said to be effective injuries and diseases.
There are a lot of outdoor bath, called Rotenburo. You can get relaxed in the open air.
How to use Onsen
How to Bathe
First off, I introduce the essence of the bathing routine, which is as below for both hot spring and public baths.
- Take off clothes in change room
- Rinse or wash body
- Soak in bath
- Relax and enjoy!
Of course, we take a bath naked. It is Japanese traditional culture of Japan, everyone goes into a bath together nakedly. Don’t be shameful.
Let’s enjoy together Onsen Bath!
Wash before entering!
All guests are expected to wash their bodies and rinse themselves thoroughly before taking a bath. Washing areas are equipped with stools, wooden buckets, and toiletries such as soap and shampoo. Entering the Onsen while still dirty or with traces of soap on the body is socially unacceptable.
No running. No swimming.
You should walk slowly inside the bathroom because the floor may be very slippery. And you never swim even though the bathtub is too big. The major purpose of taking Onsen is not to swim but to rest and relax.
No washing inside the bathtub.
There is a space provided for washing as well as a bathtub and shower. You have to wash your body and hair at the washing space. You shouldn’t wash your body inside the bathtub and put towel inside the bathtub so that you maintain the hot water clean. You are not the only person to use the bath water in the tub.
Wipe your body before entering locker room
To keep the locker room dry and clean, you should wipe yourself lightly with your wash-towel before going backing to locker room. After wiping your body completely with your bath-towel in the locker room, you could wear “YUKATA”, bathing clothing.