Onsen (Hot Springs)

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Ink and Onsen: How to Enjoy Hot Springs If You Have Tattoos

A guide to experiencing Japan's hot springs - even when you're inked.

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Pressing Pause on The Tokyo Rush with Two Days in Tottori

My brief escape to healing hot springs, deserts and mountains.

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Yudanaka: The Heavenly Onsen Town Next to Hell Valley

Close to the Snow Monkey Park, foreigner-friendly Yudanaka Onsen in Nagano makes for a great day or overnight hot spring trip.

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7 Onsen in Chugoku Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Soak in the nature and history of one of Japan’s oldest traditions — with ladies and gentlemen alike!

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9 Onsen in Shikoku Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Enjoy an intimate bathing experience in one — or more — of Shikoku’s many natural hot springs.

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10 Onsen in Chubu Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

No trip to the Chubu region is complete without a visit to one of Japan’s most traditional attractions — a mixed-gender hot spring!

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9 Onsen in Tohoku Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Take a trip to the Tohoku region, down a road less traveled, where the most beautiful mixed baths wait to be discovered.

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9 Onsen in Hokkaido Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Hokkaido is an island blessed with an abundance of natural goodies like seafood, snow sports — and skinny dipping with friends!

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3 Unforgettable Ryokan and Onsen Experiences from Japan Expert Rob Goss

Take an expert’s guided journey into three of the most beautiful and unforgettable experiences you can find at Japan’s inns and hot springs.

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A Quick Guide To Mixed-Gender Bathing In Japan

Learn the art of and where to find one of Japan’s oldest traditions that's quickly fading away.

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9 Onsen in Kyushu Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

While Kyushu is famous for some unique cuisine and craftsmanship, it’s also known for its abundance of ancient "au naturel" soaking in spots!

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9 Onsen in Kansai Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Complete your Kansai trip with a traditional touch: bathing in a mixed gender onsen!

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