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First Onsen Experience in Japan

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Onsen etiquette can be confusing for a foreigner visiting for the first time, and there are many small rules and customs that even many Japanese people aren’t quite clear on.

There aren’t usually any written instructions around the baths, as it's expected that everyone will already know the basic customs surrounding communal bathing. This means that things people who have grown up in Japan take for granted, such as putting your shoes in a locker when you arrive or knowing which towels to use for what, can be hard to figure out for first-timers, and your supposedly relaxing spa break can become a little bit stressful.

Check out the video above to see how Rocketnews24's Japan Wish competition winner Ashley navigated her first ever trip to an onsen and see if she found it relaxing … or stressful!

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