Western visitors range from shy to excited about Japanese nude baths

Western visitors range from shy to excited about Japanese nude baths 1
Western visitors range from shy to excited about Japanese nude baths 1

Lying in a neck-high hot tub in the town of Kinosaki, Paul Ewart (from Sydney, Australia) looked at the scenery outside.

Paul Ewart once bathed nude in a sauna in Northern Europe, but was still unfamiliar with the communal bathing culture when he arrived in Japan.

Everything made Paul feel relaxed, except for one disturbing thing: he was bathing naked next to people who were also naked.

`Welcome to the world of Japan, where you take a dip to relieve stress but that also means leaving your clothes outside,` Paul said.

During his days in Japan, Paul learned that bathing naked in a hot tub was not just a pastime, but a way of life.

Right at the bathroom door, he saw a sign clearly stating two separate paths for men and women.

Western visitors range from shy to excited about Japanese nude baths

The beauty of Kinosaki captivated Paul.

Contrary to initial worries, almost no one paid attention to Paul.

Kinosaki town is about 2.5 hours away from Kyoto.

Kinosaki also attracts male tourists because of its ancient beauty, surrounding a river with weeping willows and many mountain ranges.

Things to keep in mind when going to an onsen bath in Japan: You must bathe completely nude, you are not allowed to wear clothes in this area, even a bikini.

After flying to Kyoto, visitors can get to Kinosaki by taxi, bus or train.

Visitors can apply for a Japanese visa in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with a visa fee of 650,000 VND.

Tugo Travel sends VnExpress readers a promotion code of 100,000 VND (TUGO_VNE100k) when booking a tour.

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