Onsen are Japanese bath houses heated by natural hot springs. Onsen and hot springs are everywhere in Japan – the positive that goes with having so many earthquakes. Japanese Onsens are more than just a way to relax once a week – they are a way of life. They come with a unique set of customs and etiquette that need to be followed. So, to help you avoid being that guy who burns himself diving into the girl’s Onsen in your board shorts, here is a list of Onsen Dos and Don’ts. Wash Your Johnsen Before You Onsen! | Unofficial Networks

Wash Your Johnsen Before You Onsen!

Washing the potatoes. Zach paley photo.

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Spraying the Onsen. Zach Paley photo.

Spraying the Onsen. Zach Paley photo.

Onsen are Japanese bath houses heated by natural hot springs. Onsen and hot springs are everywhere in Japan – the positive that goes with having so many earthquakes. Japanese Onsen are more than just a way to relax once a week – they are a way of life.  They come with a unique set of customs and etiquette that need to be followed. So, to help you avoid being that guy who burns himself diving into the girl’s Onsen in your board shorts, here is a list of Onsen Dos and Don’ts.

 

Washing the potatoes. Zach paley photo.

Washing the potatoes. Zach Paley photo.

1. Get Nekkid. No bathing suits allowed. Yeah, copious amounts of man ass can get a little weird – deal with it. This IS Unofficial after all, are you really that surprised?

 

Onsen through steamed doors. Zach Paley photo.

Onsen through steamed doors. Zach Paley photo.

2. Wash your Johnsen before you Onsen. Before you jump in the main pool, grab one of those little stools and scrub it down. When you’re in a tub with a bunch of dudes, it’s definitely reassuring to know that they had a shower first.

 

Considering our reader demographic here, the blue door is for you.

Considering our reader demographic here, the blue door is for you.

3. Blue is for boys and pink (or red) is for girls. Think baby blankets. Onsens are strictly divided by gender. You may not be able to understand Kanji; but unless you are color blind, you have no excuse to mess this one up.

 

Onsen and snow. Zach Paley photo.

Onsen and snow. Zach Paley photo.

4. Sorry bro, no tats allowed. In Japan, only people involved with the Yakuza (organized crime) have tattoos. So, people with tattoos aren’t allowed in Onsens.

 

Outside an Onsen. Zach Paley photo.

Kurashi Onsen. Zach Paley photo.

5. Onsens are HOT! Around 113 degrees. So dip a toe before you cannonball – this isn’t the Jackson Hole Inn.

 

Zach Paley photo.

Zach Paley photo.

6. Don’t poach. Yeah, its an essential part of ski bum life, but in this strict rule-abiding country, you WILL be the asshole American.

Waterfall and snow reflections. Zach Paley photo.

Waterfall and snow reflections. Zach Paley photo.

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