Things to know about Public Bath
A Japanese bath is different from a Western style bathtub. All of the household bathrooms, public baths in town, public baths associated with hotels, and hot springs in the ryokan are separated from the toilet, making it a room where you can relax in the bathtub. General bathing time is night. Those who are accustomed to morning shower may be perplexed, but you can clean your sweat in the summer and be warm in the bathtub well in winter, so the exhaustion of the trip will be healed. Above all, the big bath of hot spring accommodation is comfortable, and it is also a place to relax for enjoying communication with other travelers. Let's introduce how to use such a public bath here.
First, take off your clothes in the dressing room and take a face towel (a rectangular towel smaller than the bath towel) into the bathing area.
There is a bathtub with hot water and a washing area, and only enter the bathtub after washing your body clean. Because hot water in the bathtub is used together by other people, do not fill it with bubbles or pull out the stopper and drain the hot water after use. In a bathhouse without a shower, store the cold water and hot water in a wooden bucket or basin and wash your body and hair. Be careful not to splash water around when washing your body. Rinse the chairs and wooden bucket lightly after use for the next person and put them back in place.
When going to a bathtub, it is unsanitary if the hair enters inside, so people with long hair put their hair together with rubber band, etc. Let's not put towels in the bathtub. Placing a wet towel on the head also helps to prevent you from getting dizzy when you are in hot water for a long time. In the case of hot springs, hot water gushes forth steadily, but diluting it with cold water just because it is hot is bad manners. Also, it is forbidden to wear a bathing suit and swim, even if the bathtub is large.
After bathing, wipe your body before leaving the bathroom, put your clothes on in the dressing room, and dry your hair. In the case of a hot spring inn, you should wear a yukata. There are also many accommodation facilities that have after-bath places with good views in sightseeing spots. There are also cases where you can relax while feeling nature in a wood terrace or a Japanese style room or receive services such as massage chair and drink. Because you will sweat a lot during bathing, it is recommended that you drink 1-2 cups of tea or mineral water. You can get comfortable sleep by taking a bath one hour before going to bed and refraining from taking a bath right immediately eating or drinking.
Although tattoos are very popular Western countries, there are many public baths in Japan that traditionally ban people with tattoos. In recent years, the number of facilities that allow tattoos with conditions such as hiding them with stickers is increasing, but please check the rule beforehand if a person with tattoos wants to use it.