Take a Relaxing Outdoor Bath at “Shibaseki Onsen”
Loved by both tourists and locals Shibaseki Onsen is a very unique onsen, located at the base of a mountain next to a river, with no other hot springs around. The only n…
Many of Japan’s hot springs and public baths have rules against tattooed people entering the bath. Although recently in Western culture, tattoos are very fashionable and popular, for many Japanese people tattoos are associated with the Yakuza, the name of the organized crime syndicate in Japan. These gangsters were traditionally covered in tattoos, and because of that tattoos are now seen as a sign of a criminal, meaning that there is discrimination against them.
For a Japanese person, if they go to an onsen and see people with full body tattoos, it may be hard for them to relax and enjoy the bath due to these preconceptions. Because the goal of the onsen is to relax both the mind and body, many onsens have banned tattoos in consideration for the many that feel uncomfortable around them.
However, it is a waste to come to Beppu, the onsen capital of Japan, and not go to an onsen! But do not worry, because even though Beppu is a small town, there are many onsens of all different types that do allow tattoos. There are approximately 100 onsens that tattooed guests may enter, so no one has to give up on entering an onsen in Japan.
It is useful to print out this brochure before coming to Japan, or save it to your phone. Here, we will list which Beppu Onsen allow tattoos, and don’t forget to check the links attached to each onsen’s name to see if you are interested in visiting!
In most private or family baths, tattoos are ok since you will not be seen in public. For more Information on these types of baths, please read ”For enjoying private onsen with more freedom with someone you love”
In addition, we have put together a map of the onsen that allow tattoos so you can check the location of all these onsen here.
Beppu’s charter motto is to “welcome visitors warmly,” and one of the ways they accomplish this is by making onsen more friendly for the tattoo-bearing foreigners that visit the city. Beppu is unique in that it has 100 options for these visitors to choose from, allowing them to enjoy onsen with everyone else!
Explore this “onsen town” to fully experience the myriad of Japanese onsen and immerse yourself in both water and culture.Please check the above map first to be sure you are entering a tattoo-OK onsen before you go!
If you answer some easy questions, the information of Onsens that suit
you the most will be sent by an email.
You can also ask local guides to show around, so feel free to take a test!