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How Many of These 5 Facts About Japanese Hot Springs Do You Know?

Have you ever experienced bathing in a hot spring or onsen (温泉) in Japan? In the summer of 2016, I took my European husband to an onsen ryokan (温泉旅館), a Japanese-style hotel with hot springs. Apparently, his expectations were hugely betrayed in many ways. He had heard about onsen many times before but imagined something…

Feeling Shy? Here Are 3 Ways to Enjoy a Traditional Onsen in Private

Experiencing a traditional onsen (温泉) in Japan has always posed a problem for me. It’s not the hot water nor the price that worries me, but the obligation to get completely naked before jumping in. That handkerchief-sized, piece of cloth handed to you before entering? That’s intended for a little forehead dab while bathing, not…