No towel, no problem. Catch this traditional Japanese experience of a mixed-gender host spring bath before it slips away With Japan being a highly volcanic island, the Japanese have harnessed and perfected the art of onsen , or hot springs , for centuries. Today, mixed-gender onsen, or konyoku, are hard to find, with places like Tokyo having bans on such establishments.
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There are many types of hot springs to enjoy. The conventional hot spring is a hot water bath. Depending on the spring, different minerals are dissolved in the water, giving it different health benefits, colors and smells. Many hot springs contain sulfur and have an according odor. Hot spring water baths come indoors, outdoors and in many different sizes.
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One of the best things about travel in Japan is the onsen experience hot spring. There are many hot springs all over the world, but nowhere like Japan is it such a part of their culture. Imagine yourself in the mountains immersing yourself in steaming hot water taking in the views, or in a historical building in the centre of a city relaxing in the natural mineral waters. However the best properties are just the feeling of bathing in nice hot water, in a cool environment.
Travelling is about embracing new experiences. In Japan that can mean leaving your clothes, along with your comfort zone, in a neat pile far behind. Japanese onsens, or communal hot springs, adhere to ancient traditions which include bathing naked.