public bath (sento)

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What To Do and How To Correctly Behave in a Sento 銭湯

While Onsen 温泉 (literally hot source) exist for the pleasure of relaxation and the health benefits of bathing in nutrient-rich water, Sento 銭湯 (public bath) are local establishments mostly used for daily hygiene. Although Sento are less in the spotlight, they still are truly relaxing after a hard day of labor. Anyway, you can notice…

77 Luxury Hotels and Ryokans for a Relaxing Stay in Shizuoka This 2019

Shizuoka (静岡) is a beautiful prefecture in central Japan, boasting warm weather and home to the iconic tallest mountain in the country, Mt. Fuji (富士山). The southern peninsula, Izu (伊豆), is famous for its gorgeous beaches and hot spring resorts. Shizuoka is easily reachable from Tokyo (東京), and is popular among visitors for its breathtaking…

26 Hotels in Akasaka for a Comfortable and Relaxing Stay in Tokyo in 2019!

If you’re looking for both convenience and peace and quiet, Akasaka (赤坂) is one of the best places to stay in Tokyo (東京). While this business district is a little out of the main buzz of Tokyo, you can be sped into the bustling streets of Shibuya (渋谷), Shinjuku (新宿) and Asakusa (浅草) within no…

29 Hotels in Shinjuku That Will Make Your 2019 Trip to Tokyo Perfect!

Shinjuku (新宿) is one of Tokyo (東京)’s most visited districts thanks to its Tokyo-esque neon-lit streets brimming with bustling eating and drinking establishments, entertainment, and shopping opportunities. With its easy access to the rest of the city and shuttle bus services straight to and from Narita (成田) and Haneda (羽田) airports, Shinjuku is not only…

Check Out This Unique Bathhouse In Kyoto Combining Relaxation and Live Music!

Have you ever thought of combining a sauna with live music? It may sound weird, but it is actually possible at “Sauna no Umeyu,” a well established public bathhouse located in Kyoto City. It’s definitely not your typical old-fashioned pubic bath as it allows people to enjoy live events in its traditional space. Most of…

Why Do Japanese People Love Taking a Bath at Night Before Going to Bed?

Japan is a place where certain customs and rituals might seem unusual to a Westerner’s eye. One of these is the fact that many Japanese people love to take a bath at night before they sleep, rather than in the morning before they head outside. Have you ever wondered why? Public Bathing jp.fotolia.com/ As you…

Celebrate Japanese Bathhouse Culture With This Silent Disco Event in Tokyo!

Have you ever seen a sento (銭湯), or public bathhouse before? Sentos used to be common among people who lived in small housing facilities that didn’t have private baths. Recently, the number of sentos has been decreasing as most Japanese residences already have bathrooms and shower rooms. Public bathhouses, therefore, are often either shut down…

Shimizuyu Onsen: An Affordable Oasis in Downtown Tokyo

Located in Central Tokyo, just fifteen minutes from Shinjuku, Shimizuyu offers an onsen experience at a fraction of the usual price. Here, baths use kuroyu (black water) tapped from natural sources below the city. This inky coloured water is common across Tokyo’s bath houses but at Shimizuyu bathers also have the chance to dip into…

Relax in a Sento: Japanese Public Bath

Have you tried using the public baths in Japan? How was your experience? If not, would you like to try soaking in the open air and relaxing atmosphere? Sento: Bath culture in Japan engawanavi.com/ Japan has sento or bathhouses, but these bathhouses are decreasing by the number since the 20th century since more and more…