Read through and understand the Japanese bathing etiquette before you step into a hot spring bath. Make the most of the hot springs, an integral part of Japanese culture!
This is intended to exclude Japanese gangsters known as yakuza, who are closely associated with tattoos historically, in the Japanese culture. Many Japanese people, especially the elderly, have a strong, anti-yakuza sentiment, and your fellow bathers might feel intimidated by a full back tattoo.
As an etiquette, you shall not soak in a bath with your clothes on, and towels are also not allowed inside the actual bath in order to keep the water clean. Take off all of your clothes and put them in a locker.
Be sure to tie your hair up for long or medium length hair, to prevent it from touching the water when bathing. This will help keep the cleanliness of the water.
Eating and drinking are not allowed in the bath room. Shampoo and soap are provided inside.
Scrubbing down your body in the washing area before a soak, will help allow everyone to enjoy bathing in clean thermal water.
Make sure to rinse the soap off well, after washing your body.
Take your towel with you to the bathtub after rinsing off so that others may use the washing area. You may leave the towel close to the bath.
Do not jump into the water or splash fellow bathers.
Never let your towel touch the water. Leave your towel on your head or on the rim of the bathtub.
Wash your body and hair in the washing area away from the water to keep the thermal water as clean as possible.
Bathrooms are for relaxing of your body and mind, not for laundry.
Sleeping in the sauna and hot stone spa at a high temperature may cause dehydration and serious health problems.
Wiping yourself off with the towel you brought in to the bathing area, will prevent the dressing room from getting soaked.
Indulge in a relaxing experience at Heiwajima Natural Hot Springs!