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Foot Bath Cafes
Ashiyu are footbaths found in some public spaces, such as near train stations or in parks. Filled with hot spring water, you can soak just your bare feet while remaining dressed.
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Onsen for the reserved
The Onsen is an institution in Japan but it can be intimidating for visitors unaccustomed to bathing naked in public. We've gathered a list of five hot springs where a bathing suit is accepted.
Five hot spring towns near Tokyo
Great for revitalising weary travelers, hot springs, found throughout Japan, are very popular with the Japanese for their invigorating properties.
Where to find a public bath in Tokyo
For an authentic experience take a plunge into Japanese life, by visiting and relaxing in a public bath (sento) during your stay in Tokyo.
Ofuro Cafe Utatane
Going to the onsen with a tattoo in Tokyo
In Japan tattooing "irezumi" has been considered an art of highest skill, it has most often been reserved for a very marginal population: that of the yakuza, the Japanese underwor
For a poetic moment in the countryside, enter the doors of the Japanese spa Takaragawa Onsen.
Slip into white and milky waters that can reach 80 ° C near Tokyo? This is possible in Manza Onsen, 200 km from the capital.
Utsukushi no yu
Practical and modern, Utsukushi no yu sento is also an up-market gym located a few meters from Takaido Station.
A small bathhouse in the Ginza district, Komparu-yu offers an honest, relaxing experience.
A neighborhood onsen that was founded in the Edo period (1603-1868), the Jakotsu-Yu (蛇 骨湯) in Asakusa has kept its simplicity and its clientele. Have a nice dip.
Asakusa Kannon Onsen
Asakusa Kannon Onsen, a discreet place of ablution, near Sensoji, has preserved the atmosphere of the Japanese public establishments of the postwar period.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari
An onsen recreating the atmosphere of Edo Japan. Plunge into the past with yukata.
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