Letting it all hang out: Your Guide to Tokyo Onsen

By Emma, Australia, October 2011

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Bathhouses play an essential role in Japanese culture and are used extensively to wash, relax and socialize. No mere bathhouse can call itself an onsen (hot spring), however. Only baths containing water from a natural spring that gushes or is pumped at more than 25°C can lay claim to this title.

Unsurprisingly then, onsen in Tokyo are a bit a thin on the ground. Instead you’ll find plenty of sento (public baths), a cheaper city alternative to an onsen that uses tap water in its baths.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Tokyo Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Tokyo.

Photo courtesy of Ken Lee via Flickr.

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