The Joy of the Onsen

When I went to Japan I had the opportunity to enjoy an onsen.  This is a public bath, or a bath you take with others.  I was able to do this with a Japanese friend and it was very relaxing!

If you don’t know about an onsen then I will let you know now!

You must shower first, on what is basically a floor.  The floor is designed like a shower, but you must sit.  You have a stool to sit on and wash from there.  After, you can go into the bath.  A bath in Japan is for soaking and relaxing.  So no dirty bodies please! You can’t wear a towel or any article of clothing.  Basically you must be quite comfortable with bathing with others.  This seems rather odd for many Americans, but the Japanese are a group centered society.  They see it as normal and are quite respectful. So don’t worry too much about being a naked foreigner.

*warning, the onsen is extremely hot spring water.  It has minerals and again, super hot, even more so than a hot tub!  When I soaked in the bath with my friend I could only do 10 minutes maybe.  LOL

After that you take a quick shower to wash off the minerals of the bath.  Then you dry in the dressing room and sleep like a baby that’s just been fed. HA

When I visited my other friend I had the opportunity to try the onsen again.  Unfortunately my little red friend decided to visit me. DARN!

The onsen I couldn’t go to was located in a nice resort town in Hokkaido.  I have the following pictures to show the town and all its relaxing glory.  I will love to travel to this place again and enjoy the onsen with others.

As you can tell I have no inhibitions. How do they say, “When in Japan, do as the Japanese do!”

Advertisements

What's on you mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s