Along with visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, spending time at a Japanese onsen public bath, hot spring was a popular recommendation when I asked for advice on Twitter and Facebook before my trip. I quickly discovered through this feedback that the Japanese traditionally do not wear bathing suits when using the onsens. Finding this out in advance gave me time to mentally prepare for my first public bathing experience. While Couchsurfing in Tokyo , I met an Australian who had spent time snowboarding in the northern mountains, and he talked fondly of his visits to the onsens, painting a picture of hanging out in the hot springs as snow gently fell from the sky, and having snowball fights. Onsens are everywhere. However, Tokyo seemed too urban an environment for the experience, and while Nagano had a better feel, my day trip to see the snow monkeys there was so rushed I decided to hold off. As in the United States, early February is still the middle of winter in Japan, and the temps in Kyoto during my stay were hovering around the freezing mark, if not colder at night. I asked for an onsen recommendation at my hostel and was given a map as usual, because whenever you ask for directions in Japan, you're also given a map. I picked my second afternoon in Kyoto to take a break from sightseeing and delve into the Japanese tradition of public bathing.
Getting to Noboribetsu
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Japan has many ancient festivals. Without context, some can seem extremely wacky. John Daub is the creator and producer of Only in Japan. The Noboribetsu Onsen hot spring Festival takes place annually on February 3rd and 4th. I have to be honest with you here, when I saw the images and videos about this event, it looked absolutely ridiculous! Are you getting the picture yet? The town is built on the west side of the volcano and smells of sulfur gas, a lingering rotten-egg smell that you do get used to after a few minutes. If you enjoy your holiday here, the smell will register with you as one of relaxation. The ground is soft and dangerous, so stick to the wooden walkwalk that goes to the center.
Dear visitor, if you know the answer to this question, please post it. Thank you! Note that this thread has not been updated in a long time, and its content might not be up-to-date anymore. Do males have to be naked in mixed onsens? I heard you have to go naked in the mixed onsen if you're male, is this true? Thank you, Jack by Jack guest. Re: Do males have to be naked in mixed onsens? The ones where you see women wrapped around in big bath towels as they soak in the water is just for decency on TV. While walking around people likely hold their small towel in front of them. Actually a lot of mixed onsen end up nearly male only.
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