Another Japanese tradition: Konyoku

Chubu Tour Onsen 2019.08.07
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Ever heard of konyoku【混浴:こんよく】? It means bathing in a mixed-gender bath, open to anyone at all! Since public baths involve being naked, they're usually separate in Japan, but konyoku are a little different. Of course, some places allow you to wear towels or swimsuits, too.
Ryoko-Jin-Sanso: Kagoshima
  • One of the ways to enjoy private hot springs in Japan is to go the "Kashikiri" way.
    Kashikiri【貸切:かしきり】simply means having it all to yourself.

    This way, you can enjoy the hot springs with your family or partners in a quiet private environment.
  • This place in Kagoshima is one of the places you can do that. 
    By the way, have you been around Kyushu yet?
    Kyushu is another district with its own unique culture.

    〒899-6603 3865Takachiho, Makizonocho, Kirishima, Kagoshima, Japan
    Official Site
The Kitaonsen in Tochigi
  • Kita Onsen in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture is your next option.
    The big Tengu【天狗:てんぐ】mask stands out in the picture, doesn't it?
     
  • If you are a fan of Japanese TV seriese and Manga, you might have heard of "THERMAE ROMAE", a story about Roman people and Japanese baths.
    This place was used in the TV series. 
A bath attached to a shrine in Fukushima.
  • In Tadami, Fukushima is this bath that is attached to a shrine. It's even rare in Japan to see something like this.
     
Open in 1868, Kuronagi Onsen in Toyama
  • This Kuronagi onsen is located in the Kurobe area, also another place famous for Onsens.
    You can enjoy the onsen while nature surrounds you.
The Takaragawa Onsen in Gunma
  • If you mention the word "Konyoku" in Japan, most of the people will reply "Takaragawa".
    That's how famous this place is.
  • The widely open space, the trees surrounding. Such a nice place here.

    You won't be able to wear your swimmers but they have swimmer-like towels available for rent.
  • Once you entre the lodge you will see a photo of a lady playing with a bear in the bath.
    Apparently, there are bears around here... 😅
    🤔Hmmm

    Takaragawa Onsen
    1899 Fujiwara, Minakami, Tone-gun, Gunma 379-1721, Japan
    Official Website
Well, we've been through a few Konyoku onsens, did you find one that you like?

Interested in other onsens as well? Check out our other articles related to onsens and public baths.
Sento vs Onsen: the different types of baths in Japan
Dogo Onsen, one of the oldest baths, also known in Spirited Away, in Ehime prefecture.

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