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
Opening Hours: Open from 2:o0 p.m to 11:30 p.m ※Closed on Friday
Entrance Fee: Adult(Over 12)：460 Yen Child：180 Yen Pre School Child：80 Yen
Home Page: http://www.saito-yu.com
Tsuru no Yu (Tokyo Edogawa-Ku)
Tsuru no Yu
Address: 7-4-16, Kita Koiwa, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81-3-3658-5378 Opening Hours: Open from 3:o0 p.m to 11:45 p.m ※Closed on Wednesday
Entrance Fee: Adult：460 Yen Child (Middle School age)：400 Yen Child (Primary school age)：180 Yen Young Child：80 Yen
Home Page: http://www.oyunofuji1010.com/gallery/2015/06/post-33.php
Fuku no Yu (Saitama Prefecture)
Fuku No Yu
Address: 5-19-10, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0011
Opening Hours: Weekdays: Open from 12:o0 p.m to 12:00 a.m Weekends and holidays: Open from 9:o0 a.m to 12:00 a.m
Entrance Fee: Adult: 410 Yen Child (Middle School Age): 180 Yen Young child (pre school): 70 Yen
Home Page: http://tokyosento.com/review/8393/
The RYOKAN TOKYO YUGAWARA(Kanagawa Yugawara)
THE RYOKAN TOKYO YUGAWARA
Address: 742, Miyakami, Yugawaramachi, Ashigara-shi, Kanagawa 259-0314
Opening Hours: 24 hours ※Fixed holiday: 7 days a week
Entrance Fee: Adult: Adult (12 and over)：540 Yen Child (Under 12)：270 Yen
Home Page: http://theryokan.jp/yugawara/en/
Yamato no Yu (Chiba Narita-shi)
Yamato no Yu
Address: 1630 Otake Narita-shi, Chiba 288-0841
Tel: +81-476-28-8111 Opening Hours: Open from 10:o0 a.m to 10:00 p.m ※Fixed holiday: 7 days a week
Entrance Fee: Adult: Weekday: 800 yen/Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 1,000 yen Child (if accompanied by parents): ¥ 300
Home Page: http://www.yamatonoyu.com
Kagoiwa Onsen Ryokan (Tochigi Nikko City)
Kagoiwa Onsen Ryokan
Address: 51 Kotoku, Nikko city, Tochigi 321-2523
Opening Hours: Open from 9:o0 a.m to 8:00 p.m ※Last entry is 7 p.m ※Fixed holiday: 7 days a week
Entrance Fee: Adult: 500 yen Child: 300 yen
Home Page: https: //www.kagoiwaonsen.jp
Ikaho Onsen Ishidan no Yu (Gunma)
Ikaho Onsen Ishidan no Yu
Address: 36 Ikaho, Ikaho-cho, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma Prefecture 377-0102
Opening Hours: April - October: Open from 9:o0 a.m to 9:00 p.m November - March: Open from 9:o0 a.m to 8:30 p.m ※Closed on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month (open if this day falls on a public holiday)
Entrance Fee: Adult: 400 yen Child: 200 yen
Home Page: http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ue3t-cb/spa/isidannoyu/isidannoyu.htm
It is also possible to search online for other Onsen spots where tattoos are permitted.
We certainly recommend you to try one out, but don’t forget to check the opening hours and access routes before travelling!