Many travelers ask us what the etiquette is surrounding bathing in a hot spring or onsen in Japan. Let us show you how it works with videos! Our Japanese English-speaking guide explains the most important Japanese bathing rules.
Hot Spring Bathing Etiquette in Japan (part 1)
Japan has plenty of these onsen areas, and many of them come with great views of the mountains, snow, or the ocean. Additionally, bathing in an onsen gives you great health benefits. If you make a trip to Japan, it would be a waste not to make use of its awesome hot springs!
Bathing Etiquette in Japan (part 2)
In the Japanese bath area, an area separated from the toilet, the bath sinks halfway into the floor. Because the bathwater is only used for soaking (not for washing), all members of the family take turns using it.
Bathing Etiquette in Japan (part 3)
Our Japanese English-speaking guide explains some of the rules you need to obey if you use Japanese hot spring baths.