DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO BE NAKED IF YOU WANT TO TRY JAPANESE HOT SPRINGS???
Just in case you aren’t familiar with “ONSEN“..
ONSEN is a Japanese hot spring that has a lot of minerals in it and based on what I’ve heard, its good for your skin and for your health. Maybe it is one of the reasons why Japanese women tend to live longer and have that youthful & glowing skin.
As a Filipino or for me, to be naked in front of other people is not common at all. Although I’ve already heard a lot of things about ONSEN from my Japanese students before, I guess it is quite different when you.. yourself.. will experience it.
Yesterday was something I’ve never done ever since I existed. And I will never forget it for the rest of my life. Am I even exaggerating? Hahaha maybe yes (?)
It was my first time to immerse my body in a Japanese hot spring. It sounds cool and easy, isn’t it? Guess what? After I went out from Sauna, it took me 15 minutes to finalize my decision if I really wanted to give it a shot or just go back home (lol) because the idea of being naked in front of other people kept bothering me. When I finally entered the ladies room (yes, hot springs are mostly separated into two and of course I have to go to females’ lol) , I must admit that my body was shaking and I was literally full of shock to be surrounded by beautiful Japanese women who didn’t care about being naked. I couldn’t help myself not to glance(LMFAO). It seemed like they were very comfortable.
HOW DID I CONQUER MY FEAR?
I FAKED MY CONFIDENCE. I talked to myself for 15 minutes. I told my self that I only live once and If I wouldn’t try it now, then when?
DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO BE NAKED IF YOU WANT TO TRY JAPANESE HOT SPRINGS?
The answer is, YES. However, you can bring a small towel. It helped me to cover my lower part (If you know what I mean) and I supposed it was allowed because some Japanese women did the same thing.
Japanese hot springs have different colors like black, green, red, brown, and sometimes it could be just clear . It depends on the area.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It is less than 500 yen or 240 pesos in PHP.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
Aside from removing all of your clothes, there are some things that you have to know:
- YOU MUST TAKE A SHOWER FIRST. (If you want to bring your own toiletries, it’s possible but I think it’s unnecessary because they provide inside the shower room).
- YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING YOUR SMARTPHONE OR ANY CAMERAS. (NO SELFIES LOL)
- NO FOOD/BEVERAGES
- MAKE YOURSELF DRY BEFORE ENTERING THE LOCKER ROOM
- NO TATTOO
DID I ENJOY IT? AND WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I’d definitely recommend it. The experience was priceless. It was very relaxing and I felt like my skin became smoother afterwards.
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