Welcome to Japan Baths

We love public bathing in Japan! This somewhat bumped and bruised part of the Japanese culture is nowhere near obsolete. It allows us foreigners to experience Japanese society in a unique way. Will you bathe with us?

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Funaoka Onsen

Funaoka Onsen

Funaoka Onsen is one of the most iconic bath houses in Kyoto. For over a hundred years locals and travellers have soaked their weary bodies and sought relaxation here.

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Gengabashi Onsen

Built in 1937 for the grand sum of ¥80,000, a steal even in those days. As a cheeky wordplay the entrance is decorated with two small replicas of the Statue of Liberty.

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Gengabashi Onsen
Akebono-yu

Akebono-yu

Public baths in Tokyo are different from those in other parts of the country. Akebono-yu in Adachi-ku is the panultimate example of the unique Tokyo bath house style.

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Understand

Learn about the how, the what and the why of Japanese public bathing.

Bathing etiquette

What should you do and not do in a Japanese public bath.

Glossary

Wonder what a bandai is? Learn bath house related Japanese.

FAQ

Answers to a good number of questions on bathing in Japan.