Beginner’s Guide to Onsen in Japan

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One of the best parts of Japan’s winter traditions is going to an onsen (hot spring). Submerging yourself in hot water warms your cold bones like nothing else, leaving you relaxed and ready for bed when you step out of the changing rooms. Going to an onsen for the first time isn’t easy for everyone, though. Not only do you need to get naked in front of strangers (or worse, your own family), but the many customs and rules can be scary for first-timers. Read on to learn more about what to expect on your first dip in the onsen. A brief history of onsenJapan is incredibly mountainous; of those man…

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