What a disappointment to travel to Japan and be refused entry to an onsen because of a simple tattoo. Fortunately, some establishments are much more open-minded.
While the majority of onsen refuse entry to people with tattoos because of the negative image left by the yakuza, the government has recently been pushing bathhouses to differentiate between mafia and tourists and to accept foreigners.
While some put minimal effort into asking clients to cover up their tattoos, others accept them without prejudice. This is particularly the case for these 3 establishments.
The oldest inn in Shima is called Sekizenkan and has offered to enjoy its hot spring since the Genroku period (1688-1704).
In a most traditional setting, the spring water of Sekizenkan, rich in minerals, is known to have healing properties.
Hours : 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price: ¥ 1,000
Yamato no Yu (Chiba)
Yamato no Yu is a spa that opened in October 1998. Expecting to accommodate only 200 people per day, the establishment quickly had to resort to some expansion work in order to accommodate the 1,000 daily customers coming to enjoy of this hot spring during the holidays.
Hours : 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Price: ¥ 800 (week); ¥ 1,000 (weekend)
Hottarakashi Onsen (Yamanashi)
It is not because the number of establishments accepting tattooed people is still limited that they do not have the right to what is done best!
Hottarakashi Onsen, located in the city of Yamanashi, offers you to relax while enjoying a magnificent view of Mount Fuji. The region is also known for its starry sky.
2 pools are available, “Acchi-no-yu” and “Kocchi-no-yu”. It is to the latter that you will have to go to enjoy Mount Fuji. The other bath offers a view of the Kofu region and its mountains.
Hours : 1 hour before sunrise – 10 p.m. (in May it opens at 4 a.m.)
Price: ¥ 800