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Onsen (Hot Springs)

Tattoo friendly onsen in Kansai
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10 Tattoo-Friendly Onsen in Kansai

Got tattoos? Worry not. Here is a list of tattoo-friendly onsen in Kansai that will allow you and your ink to enjoy their baths

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How to Visit Onsen With Tattoos in Japan in 2024

A guide to experiencing Japan's hot spring—even when you're inked.

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What is the Difference Between Sento and Onsen?

Both are traditional bathhouses, but they provide different experiences. Here’s a basic guide to sento and onsen—plus a word on their relationships with tattoos.

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10 Winter Onsen Trips From Tokyo

Looking for a charming getaway to warm up this winter? These scenic hot springs are just a short trip away from Tokyo.

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Beginner’s Guide to Onsen in Japan

Japan’s hot springs are warm and welcoming. But how do you use them? Here's everything you need to know.

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8 Winter Towns in Japan that Feel Like the North Pole

Christmas markets, buckets of snow and Arctic-like ice floes are on our wish list to Santa for winter experiences in Japan.

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Guide to Skiing and Snowboarding in Japan

Shred world-class powder in the Japanese mountains. Japow!

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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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8 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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8 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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