There are a lot of fun activities to do in Japan’s winter. One of which is the famous Japanese public bath, also known as onsen.
My first experience was in 2008. I was still very shy about it, but as I tried it a few times, it became one of the things that I have to do whenever I am in Japan. However, my last visit to Japan took my public bath experience to another level.
I tried the unisex public bath.
Somewhere in between Mt Hakkoda and Aomori, lies Sukayu Onsen, one of the most popularly known unisex public bath in Japan. Local farmers who do not have much farming activities in the winter would spend their break in this onsen, resting and re-energizing themselves.
Japanese sees public bath as a very relaxing activity. Some are still very closed minded about this unisex hot spring, while most would go for it without hesitation. People from all ages enjoy this unisex hot spring from 8 AM to 9PM everyday. There is a separate bathroom for those who are shy, but I didn’t fly all the way to Japan to be shy.
I was quite nervous at first. There were a few rules that I had to follow to create a safe unisex bathing experience for the ladies. There was an invisible line I couldn’t cross in the pool. If anyone causes discomfort to one another, a big amount of fines would be given to them. I was very cautious about these rules, so I decided to stay on the corner of the pool all the time.
I wasn’t allowed to bring my camera in (duh), so I took this image of Sukayu Onsen from Google. You could probably spot some angry faces in the photo. I would be angry if somebody took a photo of me during shower time!
There isn’t much other things to do after the bath. You would be too lazy to do any other activities, hence you would enjoy a couple of drinks with friends and go to sleep. Trust me, no other sleep is better than the sleep after a Japanese hot bath.
I have written a lot about Japan, but I have not shared to you my overall experience. To do that, here’s a video of my Japan trip that MazzeUp edited for me. For more detailed explanation of Japan, hop on to my travel blog and read more about them. As of now, enjoy this video!