What is An Onsen
Onsen or Japanese Hot springs are a staple of Japanese Travel and Life. Japan has thousands of onsens throughout the country and they are must do when you come to Japan.
Hakuba is renowned for it’s outdoor onsen (rotenburo) and there are several natural onsen that can be accessed during the summer hiking season on Hakuba`s many mountain ridges. Japanese Onsen have therapeutic properties and there is no better way to relax after a day in Japan’s Northern alps.
While in Hakuba take a trip to one of the many onsen or stop by the foot onsen (ashiyu) and relax sore muscles after a day in the mountains.
How To Take an Onsen
- 1. Completely Undress in The Changing Room
- An Onsen is a bath, and you are expected to get naked. Don’t be shy every bather will be naked and Japanses people find it normal. As most onsen and public baths are equipped with soap and shampoo, all you have to bring is a small towel and a washcloth.
- 2. Rinse Before Getting in The Bath
- Rinse your body with hot water from the onsen, before you get in. Some people wash with soap before they get in the onsen. Remove the sweat and dirt from your body (keep the onsen clean).
- 3. Soak in The Bath
- Get in the tub slowly, taking care not to splash. Relax in the tub and enjoy the experience. If you spend too much time in the bath, you could experience heat exhaustion.
- 4. Wash Your Body and Hair
- When you finish in the tub wash and rinse. When you are finished the washing bowl and stool should be returned to where they originally were.
- 5. Final Soak and Dry
- final soak and you are done. Don’t rinse to ensure your skin benefits from the minerals in the onsen water. Make sure to dry at the exit door to limit water in the changing room.