Posted by: Ayu
Hi there! This is Ayu from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
Have you been to Japanese Onsen (hot spring)?
As you may already know, you can't ware anything like bathing suit in most public onsens.
Some of you may hesitate to be naked in front of someone you don't know.
Today, I'm going to introduce very unique style onsen near my hometown in Kyushu.
It is WILD ONSEN.
Now it it more facilitated than it was before, but I'm sure it still looks very wild to you.
It is in Amagase area in Oita prefecture.
After getting off the train at Amagase station, please walk along the river for 5-10 minutes.
If you find this sign and stairs, go down...
And you'll find it!
It's completely open!
You can be seen from the building on the back!
There is small space for taking off your clothes. (behind the bamboo curtain on the right)
After you walk out of it, you need to forget your sense of shame and just relax!
It costs only 100 yen to have this unique experience.
Put 100 yen coin in the red farebox on the left when you use.
In this area, there are 5 similar wild onsens along the river.
They all have long history and loved by locals very much.
However, they are all MIXED onsen.
If you prefer normal onsen (men/women separate), there's my favorite place in the same area.
It is called "Bara no Yu", which means "Bath of Rose".
It is quite typical Japanese hot spring.
You'll find a lot of fake rose decorations inside, and real roses in their garden outside.
If you're still hesitating to take a bath with someone, they also have some private bath.
It costs extra, but you'll be more relaxed in private space.
Once you come to Japan, enjoy Japanese onsen in different ways and find your favorite!
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Posted by: Ayu (February 10, 2017 7:41 PM)