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We personally called onsen all around Japan trying to find some tattoo friendly ones. There were places we were lucky, others we weren't, but we were able to make a base. With that, below is a list of hot springs in different regions in Japan that allow foreigners (and some even Japanese) with tattoos.
We were able to find tattoo friendly hot springs in Aomori, Yamagata, Miyagi, and Fukushima.
Kanto consists of Tochigi, Gunma, Ibaraki, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Tokyo.
Within there we found onsens and sentos in Tochigi, Gunma, and Tokyo.
KANSAI & CHUBU (TOKAI)
We tried calling onsen and spas in Osaka and Hiroshima, like the largest onsen complex in Western Japan Minoo Onsen Spa Garden (箕面温泉スパーガーデン), but have yet to have any luck finding some that allow tattoos even if they were covered.
So while we continue to search, combining both Kansai and Chubu/Tokai regions,
we were able to find 3 hot springs in 3 different places, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Gifu.
It was surprisingly difficult finding tattoo friendly hot springs in Kyushu. However, since Beppu in Oita Prefecture is basically "hot spring heaven" with more than 2,000 onsens, we decided to focus more on Beppu and found two very famous hot springs close to Beppu Station. Both places don't have "no tattoos" signs so you will not have to worry about bringing something to cover your tattoo(s) up.
There are still so many Japanese hot springs to discover, and we plan on continuing our search of tattoo-friendly hot springs in Japan. It is also our dream to not only find these places but to actually go there. If you have any experiences at either a tattoo friendly or un-friendly place, we would love to hear about it. Don't get us wrong, respect Japanese culture and understand that many people find tattoos unacceptable. However, with so many people around the world coming to Japan with tattoos, we included, wanting to experience Japan to the fullest, we feel it is somewhat "mottainai" (a waste). We have been turned away or kicked out of hot springs before and the feeling is awful. So in order to allow EVERYONE to feel welcome and comfortable, we are dedicated to putting out accurate information for those with tattoos that want to experience Japan's lovely hot springs too. So keep an eye out for our next article that will include more tattoo friendly onsen!