17 Feb '13, 11pm

Tohoku, Japan’s onsen (hot spring) paradise

Tohoku, Japan’s onsen (hot spring) paradise

Japanese style bathing is very different from bathing, well, almost anywhere else. You don’t go into a public (or even private) bath dirty. First, you shower, scrubbing yourself clean. And only then do you slide yourself into the hot spring waters. In most onsen areas, you will find hotels that have private facilities open to guests as well as a public bath that townsfolk can patronize, for a small fee. Further, different hotels will offer guests a range of choices. Some will only have communal (but same sex) baths, while others will allow you to reserve a smaller bath for a half an hour or so. And the more luxurious ryokans (inns) and hotels will even have rooms and suites with their own private onsens. For onsen-beginners, and people that are a tad shy of strutting their stuff in front of strangers, finding a ryokan or hotel with private baths or baths you can reserve is...

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