Hot springs (onsens) have long been associated with the Japanese culture. They have been soothing the Japanese body and soul for thousands of years. It was first used by injured warriors for its healing effect before it became an important component of cleanliness.
It is said that most people who visit an onsen become addicted to it! If you’re planning to have an onsen experience, here are some of the essential items you will be needing on your visit.
Depending on the place, you may be needing money in exchange for the goods and services in the area. Usually, if you stay in a ryokan, you can just enjoy the onsen for free. However, if you go to a public bathhouse, you will be required to pay a certain fee. Since you have to take off your clothes when using onsens, you need to store them inside a locker and using it is not free. Some may charge you 100 yen or 10 yen coins for your clothing and shoes.
Tenugui is a type of traditional towel in Japan which are typically small and used for a variety of reasons such as tying up your long hair, hiding your private places and washing your body. These are made of cotton which makes it easy to wash and dry. There are different colors and patterns to choose from if you try to purchase one.
Large towels are essential for you to dry up immediately when inside the changing room. You don’t want to be dripping everywhere, right? Ryokans will provide you this kind of amenity while public bathhouses don’t.
It would be best to bring along small containers which hold your shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Some places may offer these for free, but you can never be too sure!
For a more relaxed and comfortable feeling, it would be best to bring along new clothes to change into. Better bring light clothing to prevent the burden of heavy luggage.