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July 11, 2018

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.

the warm waters of the Kotan Onsen open-air bath. Teshikaga, Hokkaido.
June 6, 2018

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!

May 3, 2018

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.

May 1, 2018

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.

April 5, 2018

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!

December 26, 2017

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!

November 2, 2017

7 Onsen in Kanto Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

No towel, no problem. Catch this traditional Japanese experience of a mixed-gender host spring bath before it slips away…

Tattoos and onsen in Japan.
January 25, 2017

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.

March 16, 2016

A Visit To A Tranquil Tattoo Friendly Onsen Just Outside Tokyo

Kashiwaya Ryokan offers a foreigner-friendly yet authentic onsen experience within toe-dipping distance of central Tokyo.

February 12, 2016

Soak Up A Traditional Way Of Urban Life

Sento, or communal public bathhouses, offer a similar experience to onsen in the heart of the city—though the former is a distinctly urban experience.

November 20, 2015

Go Onsen Hopping in Beppu

Beppu is famous for its hot springs, and the city offers everything from traditional onsen to sand baths.

December 30, 2014

Soaking in the culture at the Kusatsu Onsen

Stepping into one of its many nearby ryokan is almost like stepping back in time at the Kusatsu Onsen.

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