So another main attraction of this area is,
Lots of Onsen 温泉.
Hot springs, it is. Not for shy, faint-hearted individuals.
Why? Because you have to be NAKED in front of other people!
There are 8 areas with lots of small hot springs in them around Yudanaka.
There is a good introduction to Onsen etiquettes in Japan on TripAdvisor.
The first tip is
- You need a big towel (to dry your body after getting out of bath)
- A small towel (to wash your body
- A change of cloth
- Everything else you think you need after bath (like a body lotion and so on)
You normally find at Onsen premises
- Shampoo and Soap or Body Soap
- Sometimes a cheap razor
- A hair dryer
- You can hire a towel at most of the places too for like several hundred yen if you don’t have one with you
Once inside, basically,
- No Swimwear or clothing
- Wash your body first before you get in the hot water
- No small towel (called Tenugui 手拭い) in the water
- You also use that towel to wash/scrub your body
- NO ALCOHOL BEVERAGE inside Onsen
- You normally pay at the entrance or should find a ticket vending machine
- Normally a cold beverage vending machine
- If you are lucky, Beer vending machine (So nice to have one after getting in Onsen)
- Remember not to stay in hot water too long or you may pass out (I’m not kidding! I’ve seen this a few times myself!)
- No go when you are heavily intoxicated (or you could be putting yourself at risk of a serious harm to yourself)
It could be daunting for some to be naked in front of other people, but hey, it’s so nice particularly after a day’s skiing in winter!
One fact to share with you here: People are not actually paying attention to you as much as you think they do (Or at least inside Men’s Onsen…)
Good luck and hope you’ll enjoy your experience!
Onsen ga daisuki desu おんせんがだいすきです = I love hot springs!