public bath (sento)

Get the most out of your stay: traditional Japanese inns

The best season for travelling and taking a vacation is coming! Next time, if you are planning to travel to Japan, you might want to experience something unique. It is not only about traveling for fun, but also about having precious original experiences or having solid cultural knowledge about the destination. If you go to…

Otsukaresama, soothe those aching muscles in a relaxing onsen!

Japanese culture has a certain level of comfort with being naked. Some festivals like the naked man festival shows how comfortable the people can be with nakedness. I think their nakedness has more to do with comfort than it does with sexuality. There is a childlike modesty they have about the naked body. Onsens and…

Onsen, an experience not to be missed!

What is Onsen? Onsen is the Japanese term for hot springs. “on” means warm and “sen” means spring. They are numerous and highly popular across Japan. Every region of the country has its share of hot springs and resort towns, which come with them. There are over 3,000 onsens in Japan, many of which can…

The General Rules to Know Before Visiting an Onsen

Public bathing is normal in Japan and there are many Onsens for having a dip.The Japanese are very proud of their bathing tradition, but there are some instances where foreigners might experience difficulties in enjoying the Onsens. Some Onsens strictly prohibit the entry of foreigners while others welcome them as long as one would stick…

Travelling in Japan on a Budget: Stay and Transportation Tips

If you are planning to travel to another country, maybe you do think about how much it would cost before anything else. Where to find a cheaper hostel? What is a good way to go to the east of Japan from western Japan? I think these are the two biggest concerns for many. So I’d…

Public bath culture in Japan

Bathing is a time-old tradition in Japan. Japanese people enjoy going to the public bathhouses, which are called sento. The first sentos appeared in Japan in 15th century. Despite the fact that there is a bathroom in every house, the habit of going to the sento is still very popular among the people. The number…