While centuries ago Americans were studying the possibility of accepting mixed bathing in the sea. The Japanese have long had a tradition of bathing together in a hot spring called onsen. People of all ages, women and men without their clothes, took a shower regardless of nudity in a controversial place called a mixed onsen.
The Japanese have never been able to repair the nakedness of others while they are enjoying the delicious waters of a hot spring. Even if he had a pervert in place, he couldn’t look too much at a woman’s body covered by water, nor could he touch her because of the large number of people present at the onsen site.
Mixed baths are called konyokuburo (混浴風呂) and are more organized than you think. Currently the thermal baths are already full of rules, imagine the mixed? Today, women who visit a mixed onsen usually cover themselves with a towel to avoid perverted eyes.
What happened to the mixed bath in onsen?
Indecent cases have always happened, especially when few people were present in the onsen. Gradually the rules ended up being broken and more bad people frequented the places. It was with the influence of the West that the Japanese ended up forbidding the creation of mixed baths.
It was after the Meiji restoration in 1868, the Japanese authorities began to gradually wipe out the large amount of mixed onsen that existed in Japan. All of this to present a good image to Westerners who saw Japan as an indecent and immoral place. Several criticisms were raised by foreign historians.
The history of Westerners and the ban on mixed bathing in Japan is long. The big discussion ended with Japan banning the emergence of new mixed onsen. The existing ones ended up separating the baths by sex, those who wished to maintain the tradition ended up not lasting long because of the behavior of the bathers.
Is there still a mixed bath in Japan?
There are still places that allow couples to bathe in a private onsen. There are also public baths that allow both sex with bathing suits. The traditional mixed onsen that allows bathing without clothes, ends up asking women to use a towel and that everyone present behaves on the spot.
The existence of a mixed onsen in Japan is somewhat complicated, because if something happens on the spot the responsibility falls on the owner. For this and other reasons the traditional mixed baths end up ceasing to exist more and more.
Fortunately, some rural areas and mountains allow local residents to enjoy the traditional mixed bath at the thermal baths. Some of these locations are natural and do not usually charge for access to avoid problems with the law. Most of the Japanese who attend these secret mixed baths are residents of the elderly.
The mixed baths in Japan are actually in remote locations. Few foreigners usually access these places. In addition to men and women, monkeys and deer can bathe together with you on the mountain.
If you want to find a mixed bath, we recommend accessing the website secret-japan.com. On the website you will find the name, location and details of the mixed onsen. There are about 82 mixed baths on the list. You should research details about it to find out if they allow foreigners to enter or if the bath is without clothes.
Some Onsen that allows Mixed Bath
We recommend that you consult the locations listed on the website or other search facilities. It may be that some have certain restrictions, or are private or onsen mixed with clothing. We also recommend 7 onsen to know in Japan.
- Amagiso (Shizuoka);
- Awanoyu (Nagano);
- Fujiyoshi (Shizuoka);
- Kurogane Onsen (Yamanashi);
- Lamp no Yado (Ishikawa);
- Oyadani no Yu (Ishikawa);
- Tsubame Onsen (Niigata);
- Yarimikan (Gifu);
- Aidomari Onsen (Hokkaido);
- Hot Spring Lodge Daiichi (Hokkaido);
- Fukiage Onsen Recreation Facility Shirogane (Hokkaido);
- Kotan Onsen (Hokkaido);
- Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen (Hokkaido);
- Shikaribetsu Gorge Shikanoyu (Hokkaido);
- Iwaobetsu Onsen (Hokkaido);
- Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen (Kagoshima);
- Myoken Ishiharaso (Kagoshima);
- Hozantei (Kumamoto);
- Oku no Yu (Kumamoto);
- Hage no Yu (Kumamoto);
- Fukumotoya Kabeyu (Oita);
- Hoyo Land (Oita);
- Beppu Beach Sandbath (Oita);
- Aoni Onsen (Aomori);
- Numajiri Onsen (Fukushima);
- Sukayu (Aomori);
- Tae no Yu (Akita);
- Todoroki Ryokan (Miyagi);
- Saiunsou (Iwate);
- Tsuru no Yu (Akita);
- Ubayu Onsen (Yamagata);
- Arima Grand Hotel (Kobe);
- Kitanoya Hotel (Kyoto);
- Kaisyu (Wakayama);
- Kawayu Onsen (Wakayama);
- Kazurabashi Hotel (Tokushima);
- Iya Onsen Hotel (Tokushima);
- Kamitoku Onsen (Ehime);
- Onsen Yurara (Ehime);
- Seapa Makoto (Ehime);
- Kikunoya (Shiga);
- Rurikei Onsen (Kyoto);
- Ryujin Onsen (Wakayama);
- Spa World (Osaka);
- Tsuboyu Onsen (Wakayama);
- Asuka no Yu (Ehime);
- Hoshi no Oka Onsen (Ehime);
- Yumoto Yachio (Kagawa);
- Semi Onsen (Iwate);
- Akashiya (Tottori);
- Chorakuen (Shimane);
- Megahira Hot Spring (Hiroshima);
- Misasa Onsen Ryokan (Tottori);
- Togo Yu-asis Ryuhokaku (Tottori);
- Yubara Onsen Sunayu (Okayama);
- Yunogou Bishunkaku Onsen (Okayama);
You who live in Japan, have you tried to go in a mixed bath? What was your experience? We appreciate comments and shares. We also recommend reading: