Hakone is famous for it`s hot springs, better known as onsen in Japanese. There are hundreds of wonderful places to choose from. You might know that being tatooed in Japan has been historically frowned upon because of the association with organized crime (although this is slowly changing). Most people have no problem with tattoos, but many Japanese establishments are conservative when it comes to their business practices.
If you have some ink…awesome. There are still ways to enjoy the incredible hot springs of Japan if you are tattoed. Here are three options for people with some art on their body.
Public Day Use Hot Springs
Hakone is sometimes visitied as a day trip from Tokyo. There are a number of establishments that cater to these people and just a few that allow people with tattoos. One beautiful outdoor option is Tenzan located in Hakone Yumoto. The outdoor hot springs, sauna, and beautiful surroundings make this one of the best onsen regardless of you are inked or not. There are no strict rules, but we ask that you don`t have a full body tattoo and are not part of a large group of super tatted people. The main goal here is to make everyone comfortable and keep harmony so everyone can enjoy the hot springs of Hakone.
Private Day Use Hot Springs
There are also small private hot springs you can rent on an hourly basis that give you the opportunity to enjoy the onsen without thinking about anyone else. One of the most popular options is Hakone Yuryo, hidden in the mountains of Hakone, but easy to get to. Hakone Yuryo is just a short walk from the Tonosawa Station on the Hakone Tozan Mountain Train line. There is even a free shuttle bus from Hakone Yumoto Station. We suggest you call ahead to make a reservation.
Private Hot Spring at your Accommodation
There are more than 100 types of accomodation in the Hakone area welcoming visitors for centuries. Most of these places have hot springs for their guests and some even have private hot spring available for rent for an extra fee. Contact your front desk to see what time slots are open. An extra fee of about ¥2000 is not too much to have your own private space for an hour or two.
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