Onsen

An onsen, which means hot spring in the Japanese language, is a bathing facility typically located around a hot spring, popular with Japanese locals and tourists.

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There are indoor and outdoor onsens, many are part of a ryokan or traditional Japanese inn.

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Traditionally, men and women bathed together at the onsen, but separate bathing is now more common in the modern days.

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Everyone must wash their bodies and rinse themselves thoroughly before entering the hot water.

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Bathing stations, such as the one pictured below, are equipped with stools, faucets, wooden buckets, and toiletries such as soap and shampoo.

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All the pictures in this blog post are from a ryokan in Nikko.  Let’s go onsen!

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