Bathing the Japanese Way

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Enjoying a bath in the Onsen or hot spring is a unique cultural experience. It may be intimidating for first timers but once you get used to it, the bath becomes an addiction - it is healthful, rejuvinating, and leaves one refreshed, relaxed, and clean. Onsen waters have healing qualities that range from skin conditions to cancer. Our onsen water comes from Hotaru Onsen and it relieves tension, muscular pain, joint pain, shoulder aches, fatigue, chronic digestive system conditions and skin inflammation.

Here are some tips for making your first bath a rewarding one:

Entrance

DSC08262You will find these “noren” curtains at the entrance to the communal bath - blue for male and red for female. Take off your shoes or slippers at the step before the change room. Our Hotel switch baths at midnight, 1:00 ~ 2:00 a.m. The bath that is for men in the evening may be for women the next morning. Be sure to confirm the correct one before entering.

Change Room

DSC08264Take off your clothes in the change room and put them in the locker. Remove your jewelries, accessories, and watches as these can be discolored by the minerals in the water. Do not bring valuables in the onsen. A chair, hair dryers and other amenities are provided. You can cover yourself with the small modesty towel while walking between the change room and bath for privacy.

Bath

The washing area and the bathing area are separate. Wash your body at the washing area, outside the bath. Sit on the stools when you are washing. If you are standing, water can easily splash onto the people nearby or into the bath.
english_img05Our Hotel supplies shampoo and conditioner, liquid body soap, facial wash and a file to remove dead skin on heels. After you are thoroughly washed, enter the bathing area slowly to allow your body to adjust to the temperature. Sometimes people do a quick rinse, then soak for a little while, and then do a thorough washing, returning to the bath again after they are clean.
Watch your body temperature and try not to get to hot. Feel free to get in and out of the bath many times. Sitting on the side with only your feet in is OK. Don’t soak too long.
If you feel ill, stand up slowly and get out of the bath. Standing up too quickly can cause you to faint. Fainting in the bath is dangerous and there are many injuries reported throughout Japan every year because of this, especially for first timers who soak for too long. You may bath no more than three times a day.
DSC08267Tidy up your washing space after you finish. Rinse your stool and washbowl and please return your washbowl and stool to where you got it from.
We don't recommend that you rinse off after the bath but if you have sensitive skin it is best to rinse. To obtain the full effect of the minerals in the water, use the yukata after your bath. The yukata cloth keeps your body moist and your body absorbs the mineral moisture. Drink something after your bath to rehydrate.

Few DON’Ts to follow:
No swimming suits are allowed.
Don't swim in the bath.
Don't wash clothes in the washing area or bath.
No smoking in bathing area.
Do not put your head under the water in the bath.
Do not put soap or shampoo in the bath.
Set your towel on your head or the side of the bath.
If your towel accidentally falls into the bath, wring it out outside the bath.
Do not drink too much alcohol or eat too much before entering the bath.
Observe and watch the people around you if you’re not sure what to do.

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