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Where to find mixed gender onsen in Japan

Mixed-gender bathing has a long and rich history in Japan, but it is also difficult to find English information on many of them because they are rather traditional. Fortunately, GaijinPot Travel and GaijinPot Blog have guides and listings of where to find a natural hot spring where men and women can bathe together.

Some places are mystical hot springs outside in caves or rivers, others are simply private baths you can rent out, which are certainly not your traditional mixed-gender onsen but do offer a more intimate onsen experience.

A common problem foreigners run into while in Japan is not knowing the endless cultural rules and taboos. If you stick your chopsticks into a bowl of rice you will see natives faces go white and the longer you stay here, the more you learn about these types of rules the hard way.

In particular, I have had many questions and concerns about konyoku onsen, or mixed-gender hot spring, bathing etiquette. Please read this Guide to Mixed Gender Onsen in Japanbefore going to any of the locations listed.

Listings by Region

  • These are listed form northern Japan to southern Japan, introducing a collection of our GaijinPot Blog articles.
  • They amount to more than 60 mixed-gender onsen and other places where men and women can bathe together in Japan.

Hokkaido

Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is a popular travel destination for thrill seekers and foodies alike. The annual average of over 500 centimeters of snow makes the island a haven for skiers and snowboarders, while specialties such as fresh seafood and Sapporo-style tangy miso ramen bring hungry visitors from around the world. Whether youre the adventurous type or the hungry type — or somewhere in between — spend some of your downtimes at one of Hokkaidos konyoku onsen, or mixed-gender hot spring.

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