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Top 5 Onsen Sento in Tokyo



10. January. 2019

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Depending on your home culture, Japan’s custom of public bathing can take a little getting used to. Aside from the main requirement of taking it all off in front of a group of strangers, there are a couple of rules that Japanese people know intuitively and on which your local bathhouse likely won’t budge (e.g. yes, you have to scrub yourself before getting in a communal tub; no, your modesty towel can’t touch the bath water). Even the names of the establishments themselves can be confusing: “onsen” refers to a facility using naturally-hot thermal water, whereas sento are basically giant boiler-heated bathtubs. But don’t let the logistics keep you away: once initiated, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without the near-miraculous ritual of onsen and sento. For some of our favourite Tokyo locations, check out the list below.

Top 5 Onsen Sento in Tokyo


  • Spa LaQua
  • Thermae-yu
  • Jakotsuyu
  • Saya No Yudokoro Onsen
  • Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

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