Recent Posts

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.

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.

July 14, 2014

Shimizuyu Onsen: Bathing with Strangers

Drinking diluted apple vinegar, stretching out my feet on the foot massage tiles, enjoying the cool night breeze on a reclining chair. The Shimizuyu Onsen is definitely a place I will return to.

March 26, 2014

Take A Walk Around Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen is a picturesque town surrounded by beautiful mountains and hot flowing natural spring water. If you are looking for a traditional Japanese onsen experience then I highly recommend paying a visit.