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How to Onsen in 15 Steps

Onsen Life in Japan FAQ

Foreigners in Japan are always trying to figure out the onsen experience (or, once they figure it out, going as often as possible). I’ve been with some experienced onsen-foreigners and some first-timers, and the one thing I’ve discovered is that no one forgets their first onsen experience.

A good experience means they keep going again and again, a truly awful experience can scare people from ever going again. I think the most important thing, though, is information. In fact, each “onsen horror story” had one common element: a lack of information.

So I wanted to write a quick “Things you should know before you go to a Japanese onsen” mixed with a little bit of a “How to onsen” post.

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