Tattoo-Friendly Onsen and Sento in Japan

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Most tourists with inked body will definitely face a hard time to find a tattoo-friendly onsen and sento in Japan. Most onsen centres will not allow people with tattoos to soak in their bath. This is because they need to keep the water clean and sacred for other users.

Since Japan receives many tourists each year, some of the onsens decided to provide a special bath for people with tattoos so they can experience the magical water of onsen. There are a few types of onsen in Japan that you should know. Firstly, onsen is the natural hot spring and if it is an open-air bath, people called it as Rotenburo. On the other hand, sento is similar to onsen except it is just heated water and doesn’t come from natural sources.

We are going to list down some of the tattoo-friendly onsen and sento that you can go to absorb all the good minerals.


Hoheikyo Onsen

Located an hour away from the busy city of Sapporo, lies one of the largest size hot spring baths in Japan. Able to fit around 200 people simultaneously, the onsen was awarded as the Best Hot Spring Day Trips and Spa in 2013. Hoheikyo Onsen is regarded as hot spring for beautiful skin because the water helps to smoothen your skin.

Image Source: Jozenkei Onsen Tourist Association.

Other than that, you can enjoy dipping in their three open-air hot spring baths all day and night. The water can treat diseases like fatigue, haemorrhoid and neuralgia. The onsen also provides spa and massage facilities for guests to relieve their muscle pain. The price range is from ¥1,000 to ¥6,000 per session.

You can enjoy eating Indian food such as naan, curry and chicken tandoori here which are quite popular among visitors. Other restaurants available here are the Japanese that serves soba noodle and BBQ meals.

Image Source: Jozenkei Onsen Tourist Association.

Hoheikyo Onsen

Address: 608-2 Jozankei, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 061-2301, Japan

Contact Number: +81 11-598-2410

Operating Hours: 10:00AM-10:30PM

Admission Fees: ¥1000 (Adults aged 13 and over), ¥500 (Children aged 12 and below), Free (Infants)

Website: http://www.hoheikyo.co.jp/en/


Zao Onsen Dairotenburo

This beautiful hot spring bath is called Zao Onsen Dairotenburo. Circled by nothing but trees, this onsen has a very high level of acid in the water which means it can easily remove dead skin cells and improve the skin conditions.

Image Source: Wattention.

People will usually come here after skiing at a few nearby ski resorts. Their main feature is definitely the outdoor hot spring bath. Please take note that there are no other facilities in this onsen besides coin lockers and towels rental.

Zao Onsen Dairotenburo

Address: Arashiki-853-3 Zao onsen, Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture 990-2301, Japan

Contact Number: +81 23-694-9417

Operating Hours: 6:30AM-6: 00PM

Admission Fees: ¥550 (Adults aged 13 and above), ¥300 (Children aged 12 and below)

Closest Bus Station: Zao Onsen Bus Terminal

Website: http://www.jupeer-zao.com/roten/


Yamato no Yu

Overlooking the view of the countryside of Japan, Yamato no Yu is easily assessable from Narita Airport. Yamato no Yu consists of several modern outdoor, indoor and private baths as well as a sauna with a special feature called Radiant Bath. The Radiant Bath helps to sustain your body temperature by relaxing on a chaise made from tiles. The private baths price range from ¥2,800 – ¥8,500.

Outdoor Bath.

Image Source: Tsunagu Japan.

Apart from hot spring baths, enjoy Japanese cuisine, swimming pool and spa for services like chiropractic, body therapy, facial and more. Moreover, children under the age of six are strictly prohibited from entering the place. Make a reservation if you need to use the spa facility and the private baths.

Main Indoor Bath.

Image Source: Yamato no Yu Official Website.

Yamato no Yu

Address: 1630 Otake, Narita 286-0841, Chiba Prefecture

Operating Hours: 10:00AM-10:00PM

Admission Fees: ¥800 (Weekdays), ¥1,000 (Weekends & Holidays), ¥300 (Children aged 6 to 12 with guardian)

Contact Number: 0476-28-8111

Closest Train Station: Shimosa-Manzaki Station

Website: http://www.yamatonoyu.com/eng/


Hisamatsu Onsen

Known for their black water hot spring, this sento in Tokyo has established its business since 1955. The black water is known as Bijin no Yu (hot spring of beauty) because it can make your skin softer after soaking in the water.

Image Source: Ota City Sento.

Besides that, there is a resting hall where you can order drinks and food. Every fourth Saturday of each month, they will organize a storytelling event called Rakugo Onsen at the resting hall. If you would like to indulge in the Japanese culture, try and go to this event to see what it is about.

Hisamatsu Onsen

Address: 3-31-16 Ikegami, Ota 146-0082, Tokyo Prefecture

Operating Hours: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Admission Fees: ¥460 (Adult aged 12 and above), ¥180 (Children aged 6 to 11), ¥80 (Children aged 6 and below)

Contact Number: 03-3751-0119

Closest Train Station: Tokyu-Ikegami Line Ikegami Station

Website: http://www.hisamatsu-onsen.com/


Hottarakashi no Onsen

Best known for their amazing views of Mount Fuji and the night view of the city, Hottarakashi no Onsen will sink all your troubles away once you immersed in their bath. Located in a mountainous area of Yamanashi, this place contains two main baths which are Kocchi no Yu and Acchi no Yu.

Kocchi no Yu offers the guests with the view of Fuji-san, meanwhile, Acchi no Yu is rank as one of Japan’s best night view.

Kocchi no Yu.

Image Source: Fuji-san Prefecture.

Acchi no Yu.

Image Source: Japanistry.

Although this is one of the popular onsens in the area, they didn’t provide many amenities except for a gift shop where you can buy Yamanashi’s best wines and other gifts.

Hottarakashi no Onsen

Address: 1669-18 Yatsubo, Yamanashi 405-0036, Yamanashi Prefecture

Operating Hours: 6:00AM-10:00PM

Admission Fees: ¥800 (Adults aged 13 and above), ¥400 (Children aged 12 and below)

Contact Number: +81 553-23-1526

Closest Train Station: Yamanashi station

Website: http://www.hottarakashi-onsen.com/


Hoshino Resort KAI Kaga

A traditional ryokan in Ishikawa offers you with their best skin rejuvenating effects hot spring baths. KAI is the symbol of luxury where they incorporate both classic and modern Japanese craftsmanship in most of their ryokans.

Image Source: Hoshino Resorts Magazine.

Most of their rooms provide a private hot spring bath, where you can simply dip in any time of the day. For communal baths, guests will be pampered with their signature aromatic tea later at the Yuagari Lounge.

Image Source: Hoshino Resorts Magazine.

Enjoy the Kaiseki cuisine at the restaurant, massage facility (make a reservation) and don’t forget to check out the resort’s teahouse at their three main gardens to enjoy green tea and light snacks.

Hoshino Resort KAI Kaga

Address: 18-47 Yamashiro onsen, Kaga, Ishikawa, 922-0242, Japan

Contact Number: +81-50-3786-1144

Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/en/kaga/#top


Dogo Onsen Honkan

Built during the Meiji Period in 1894, Dogo Onsen Honkan boasts three magnificent public hot spring facilities for both individual and families. Their hot spring water is regarded as very special because the water will not be reheated and added. Thus, the effects will be more genuine.

The first building presents four different packages where you can choose whether to bathe in Kami no Yu or Tama no Yu. Kami no Yu is bigger than Tama no Yu and it is very crowded.

Image Source: Dogo Onsen Honkan Official Website.

The second building is Asuka no Yu. The baths are painted with murals that depict Mt. Ishizuchi and the Seto Inland Sea.

Image Source: Dogo Onsen Honkan Official Website.

Lastly, Tsubaki no Yu was constructed with mostly granite and the price is cheaper than other baths.

Image Source: Dogo Onsen Honkan Official Website.

Dogo Onsen Honkan

Address: 5-6 Dōgo Yunomachi, Matsuyama, Ehime 790-0842

Operating Hours: 6:00AM-10:00PM

Contact Number: +81 89-921-5141

Admission Fees to Tama-no-Yu: ¥1,250 to ¥1,550 (Adults aged 12 and above), ¥620 to ¥770 (Children aged 11 and below)

Admission Fees to Kami no Yu: ¥410 to ¥840 (Adults aged 12 and above), ¥160 to ¥420 (Children aged 11 and below)

Closest Train Station: Dogo Onsen Station

Website: https://dogo.jp/en/

 

Dogo Onsen Asuka no Yu

Address: 19-22 Dōgo Yunomachi, Matsuyama, Ehime 790-0842

Operating Hours: 7:00AM-11:00PM

Contact Number: 089-932-1126

Admission Fees: ¥600 to ¥1,650 (Adults aged 12 and above), ¥300 to ¥800 (Children aged 11 and below)

 

Dogo Onsen Tsubaki no Yu

Address: 19-22 Dōgo Yunomachi, Matsuyama, Ehime 790-0842

Operating Hours: 6:30AM-11:00PM

Contact Number: 089-932-1126

Admission Fees: ¥400 (Adults aged 12 and above), ¥150 (Children aged 11 and below)

 

There are plenty of tattoo-friendly onsen and sento in Japan now, you can browse them at https://tattoo-friendly.jp/.

 

JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
A fun-loving group of editorial team on the mission to introduce Japanese culture and lifestyle to the masses.

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