100 Tattoo-allowed Hot Springs in Beppu, Japan
Many of Japan’s hot springs and public baths have rules against tattooed people entering. Although recently in Western culture, tattoos are very fashionable and popular, for many …
For people who like hot-springs and have tattoos, this article may be familiar to you. In Japan, Japanese tattoos have an image of criminal forces for a long time. So, many hot spring facilities in Japan prohibit people with tattoos from bathing since many Japanese cannot relax if they people with full tattoos on their back. Onsen facilities are considering this concern when they make these rules. Please refer this article (100 Tattoo-allowed Hot Springs in Beppu, Japan) for further information.
Here are some accounts from people with tattoos from their experiences:
“When I came to Japan for the first time in Osaka, I was so disappointed when I saw a big sign said NO tattoo at the entrance…”
“I could not relax at all since many Japanese people stared at me…it made me tired..”
“It was sad that after one man saw my tattoo and try not getting close to his child and me.. even I did not do any bad things to them..”
In this article, we interviewed Saki and Phuong, two people who have tattoos, love hot springs, and live in the Onsen capital city, Beppu. The above episodes are their experiences.
*Using bath towel is usually not permitted. This is just for photo shooting.
Saki, our first interviewee, loves traveling so much that he got a world map tattoo on his back. He has already traveled to over 30 countries and is planning to mark the countries he visits on his map after he reaches 40 countries. Hot springs are essential for him. when he learns of a nice hot spring, he makes that the destination on his next trip and goes there. He knows how much hot spring makes his whole body relaxed. Especially taking a hot spring after sports or exercising, it melts away his tension and eases muscle stiffness. For people who walk a lot during their trip, hot springs will be magical to restore your energy. Your tiredness will fly away! That’s why I love Onsen.
His favorite Beppu Onsen is “Yuya Ebisuya” and ”Hyotan Onsen”. These hot springs facilities have various hot springs such as open-air bath called Rotenburo. Usually, a public onsen is gender separated, but if I go with my girlfriend, we can choose a private Onsen too and go together.
Whenever go to a hot spring, I need to check whether tattoos are allowed or not. However, Private Onsen (called Kazokuburo, family bath, Kashikiri buro or private hot spring) can be enjoyed without worrying about it. It will be your private space, so feel free to go. There are many kinds of private onsen in Beppu, so we can choose one according to our mood of the day. I can not find any words to express how much I can relax in a hot spring without any hesitation. The Perspective Private outdoor bath “Tenku – Yubo bath” of Seikaiso was the last time I went and it was a great view of a sky and ocean with the sunny day.
Our second interviewee, Phuong values families, dreams, friends and love. In order to go back to these core values at any time, she put a tattoo on her back with the four words and a compass.
Phuong, who is full of love for many activities, always has to choose between going to a hot spring, shopping, or to hang out with her friends. Her top three favorite tattoo-friendly hot spring are “Beppu Onsen Hoyoland“, “Hyotan onsen,” and “Kitahama Onsen THERMAS“.
She told me her memorable hot spring experience at “Beppu Onsen Hoyoland“.
When I enjoyed a very unique mud onsen with my friends, one lady like my grandmother talked to me and taught us a secret spot, “Here’s mud is better, it’s clean and smooth!”
Although I did not understand Japanese, she tried to tell us by using a gesture with her big smile, so we enjoyed the muddy, unique hot spring together. Thanks to this gentle grandma, she made our onsen experience so memorable.
Beppu people are friendly and many people do not mention my tattoo. Instead, they mention the correct manners and teach me how to take an Onsen and give me greetings. Since there are many various hot springs in Beppu, I choose where to go at the moment, such as “Kitahama onsen THERMAS,” which has an open-air bath is perfect on sunny days and “Hyotan Onsen” with lots of variety in inside baths, is good on rainy days. That’s why I love and keep enjoying hot spring here.
Beppu, which is said to be a capital city of hot springs in Japan, is where Saki and Phong live. There are over 100 hot springs that are okay even if you have tattoos. There is a Tattoo friendly hot spring map in this article(100 Tattoo-allowed Hot Springs in Beppu, Japan).
We are glad if many people enjoy hot springs like them, relax and have a wonderful time with a family, friends, couple, locals, or by yourself, even if you have tattoos or not.
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You can check the Onsen 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!