Since Japanese people have a unique image of tattoos and people with them, many bathing facilities do not allow people with tattoos in their baths. However, here are some hot springs and bathhouses that do allow people with tattoos so you can have the best experience indulging in Japanese bathing culture here.
No.8 Hottarakashi no Onsen
As you can see from the picture, the open air bath is in a stunning place from where you can see Mt. Fuji. You can bathe there from 5 AM starting in March, so you can see the shining beauty of Mt. Fuji as the sun rises. This is a gentle onsen that doesn’t irritate the skin very much so people with sensitive skin can enjoy this bath too.
Address: 1669-18 Yatsubo, Yamanashi Website: hottarakashi-onsen.com(JP) Hotel: Booking here!!
No.7 Tsuru no Yu
This is a local sento that’s used by the locals as well. As you can see in the photo, on the wall is a huge mural of Japan’s sacred mountain, Mt. Fuji. It’s an old sento but it’s very nice and clean. This is one of the sento you should definitely visit while you’re in Tokyo.
Address: 7-4-16 Kita-Koiwa, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo Website: taito1010.com (JP) Hotel: Booking here!!
No.6 Nippori Saitoyu
This is a bathhouse called a “sento,” and unlike onsen, it doesn’t use naturally welling water from underground but is a facility that offers heated baths. This particular sento was renovated in recent years, and thanks to the addition of multiple baths you can enjoy a variety of them. This is one recommended way to enjoy Japanese bathing culture while in Tokyo.
Address: 6-59-2 Higashi-Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo Website: saito-yu.com/ (JP) Hotel: Booking here!!
No.5 Yamato no Yu
This onsen facility is surrounded by the quiet, Japanese rural landscape. Since it’s a little ways away from the town, you can spend some time here away from the hustle and bustle of people. On the sauna floor there’s a warm tile bed called the Radiant Bath, so please try it.
Address: 1630 Odake, Narita-shi, Chiba Website: www.yamatonoyu.com Hotel: Booking here!!
No.4 Sai no Kawahara Rotenburo
This dynamic open-air bath is so big it’s like a pool. Both the men and women’s baths combined make up an area of 500 squared meters. This bath is built so that when you enter it the water is pretty cool but the further you go the hotter it gets. Something nice about this onsen is that on your way to the bath you can see the hot spring river flowing alongside the road.
Address: 521 Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Website: sainokawara.com (JP) Hotel: Booking here!!
Sekizenkan is Japan’s oldest wooden hot springs inn. This building is full of history and atmosphere, so you’ll feel as though you traveled through time when you’re here. It’s famous for being one of the buildings that was used as inspiration for the famous Ghibli movie Spirited Away, so many Ghibli fans visit this inn.
Address: 4236 Shima, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Website: www.sekizenkan.co.jp Hotel: Booking here!!
No.2 Ikaho Ishidan no Yu
Ishidan no Yu is a bathhouse in one of Japan’s most famous onsen resorts, Ikaho Onsen. The bath has a retro look since it’s made from stone, and you can soak in the dark brown water called “kogane no yu.” The entrance fee is pretty cheap so you can easily visit.
Address: 36 Ikahomachi Ikaho, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma Website: www.asahi-net.or.jp/ (JP) Hotel: Booking here!!
No.1 Yawaragi no Sato Hoheikyo Onsen
The surprising thing about this onsen facility is that the water is brought up from underground in stairs that people can access so the water is very fresh with no need to cool or heat it. The open-air bath is surrounded by mountains so you can enjoy the changes of the natural scenery all year round. The attached restaurant is famous for its Indian curry, so please try it if you go.
Address: 608-2 Jozankei, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido Website: www.hoheikyo.co.jp/en/ Hotel: Booking here!!