What is the difference between a public hot bath, SENTO and a hot spring, ONSEN?
Public baths use heated water. It’s not so different from taking a shower at home. Hot springs, however, use naturally heated water rising out from the Earth’s crust. Hot spring water is rich in minerals, so it’s said to be good for both the body and soul. Japan has many volcanoes. That’s why it has a lot of hot springs.
Our Requests When You Take a Hot Spring Bath
Please rehydrate before and after bathing, as bathing can deplete your body fluids.
Please refrain from drinking alcohol before bathing, as you may stumble or become dehydrated.
Please do not wear underwear or swimsuits when taking your bath.
Please don’t bring in food and drinks.
Please don’t rinse your body in the bathtub.
Please wash and remove the soap on your body well before entering the bathtub.
Please sit while using the shower. You might bother the people around you.
Please watch your step. You might fall if you run.
Please pour water on yourself three to five times before entering. It can prevent your blood pressure from spiking.
Please don’t jump or dive in the bathtub.
Please don’t put towels in the bathtub. This is to keep the bathtub clean.
Please don’t swim in the bathtub.
If you have long hair, please tie it up and make sure it doesn’t get in the bathtub.
Please don’t wash your clothes or underwear in the bathtub.
The bath is for relaxation, so please don’t be loud.
After your bath, please wipe your body before going to the dressing room.
Please enjoy ONSEN while observing proper etiquette.