Have you ever been to a Japanese hot spring? It is often said that the warm baths provide various health benefits.
However, there are certain rules and etiquette in Onsen, one of which is that in many places, tattoos are forbidden, which can be problematic for some foreign tourists.
The reason behind this has some roots in history, where tattoos were associated with unruly members of society, and with crime. This image still persists to this day, which often means that tattoo wearers can have a hard time finding an Onsen which will permit them to enter.
However, what is a tattoo wearer to do if they wish to enter an Onsen?
Below we provide the details of seven Onsen that allow tattoo wearers to enter freely.
Saito-Yu (Tokyo / Nippori)
Address: 6-59-2, Higashi Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo 116-0014
Tsuru no Yu (Tokyo / Edogawa-Ku)
Tsuru no Yu
Address: 7-4-16, Kita Koiwa, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Fuku no Yu (Saitama / Kawaguchi)
Fuku No Yu
Address: 5-19-10, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0011
The RYOKAN TOKYO YUGAWARA (Kanagawa / Yugawara)
THE RYOKAN TOKYO YUGAWARA
Address: 742, Miyakami, Yugawaramachi, Ashigara-shi, Kanagawa 259-0314
Yamato no Yu (Chiba / Narita City)
Yamato no Yu
Address: 1630 Otake Narita-shi, Chiba 288-0841
Kagoiwa Onsen Ryokan (Tochigi / Nikko City)
Kagoiwa Onsen Ryokan
Address: 51 Kotoku, Nikko city, Tochigi 321-2523
Ikaho Onsen Ishidan no Yu (Gunma / Shibukawa City)
Ikaho Onsen Ishidan no Yu
Address: 36 Ikaho, Ikaho-cho, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma Prefecture 377-0102
We certainly recommend you to try one out, but don’t forget to check the opening hours and access routes before travelling!
If you are interested in Onsen that allow bathing suits, feel free to check out this article!