Public Bath

In past times, when many houses in Japan were not equipped with private bathtubs yet, public baths (sento) provided people with a place to wash themselves and meet neighbors.

Nowadays, as most households have an own bath, the number of traditional sento has been decreasing. On the other hand, new types of public baths and bath complexes, which feature a range of different pools, saunas, fitness centers, etc. have been emerging.

In hot spring resorts, public baths are usually provided with hot spring water, while normal water is used elsewhere.

Natural hot springs (onsen) 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 many types of hot springs, distinguished by the minerals dissolved in the water. Different minerals provide different health benefits, and all hot springs are supposed to have a relaxing effect on your body and mind.

Hot spring baths come in many varieties, indoors and outdoors, gender separated and mixed, developed and undeveloped. Many hot spring baths belong to a ryokan, while others are public bath houses. An overnight stay at a hot spring ryokan is a highly recommended experience to any visitor of Japan.

With the exception of some new-type bath complexes, public baths are separated into a section for women and men, and no swimming suits are worn.


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