The rituals of Japanese onsens
The first time
I went to a Japanese onsen I really didn't know what to do. I hope
that my advice helps you to relax and enjoy some of the best onsens
in Japan - here in Niseko!
When you arrive
at the Onsen, take your shoes off at the entrance and put on the
slippers provided. Make your way to the changing room where you
should take all of your clothes off and put them in a basket provided.
If you have any valubles these can be safely kept in a small coin
Enter the main
bathroom. You should have a small towel with you - this is used
for cleaning yourself with - and can also be used as a modesty towel
to hide your bits with! In the main bathroom, take a little plastic
stool and bowl, and seat yourself in front of one of the sets of
taps/showers. Now, clean yourself from head to foot. After doing
this rinse off all of the soap - it is very important that you don't
get soap in the big bath.
cleaned yourself you can enter the big bath to relax. All onsens
are different, some having only one bath inside whilst others have
many different ones - most have saunas too. All onsens in the Niseko
area also have beautifully peaceful outdoor pools surrounded by
trees: the perfect place to relax.
entering the baths it is important that you don't disturb the water
too much - no diving or swimming allowed! Just sit back and enjoy
the view, whilst your body relaxes in the naturally heated volcanic