Soaking in it is one of the most deeply-rooted tradition and a popular way to pass time and relax in Japan. However, as with anything traditional in Japan, going to an Onsen does come with its own set of etiquette which might not be clear to foreigners like us. Having been to a few Onsens in Japan, this post passes on all the knowledge I have on experiencing one like a local, and hopefully eases any anxiety you might have about going to onsen!
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Fudo no Yu was a community bath, meaning anyone was free to use it, and until last year it was left unsupervised. It was also one of a dwindling number of onsen in the Kanto region that allow traditional mixed bathing, known in Japanese as konyoku. Although Fudo no Yu ended up reopening a couple of months later, any opportunity for licentiousness has been strictly curtailed.
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