Rules for visiting a Hot Spring in Japan – Onsen bathing etiquette

Onsen, or Hot Spring, and bathing houses have their own set of rules as they are public bathing places. If you are going to Japan and are planning on going to a public bathhouse make sure you know the basic rules, as to where to take off your clothes, when and where to wash, and what to do with your towel. Here are some of the basic bathing etiquette when visiting an onsen in Japan.

There are not many tourists who do not enjoy the experience of onsen and bathhouses. Onsen are great for relaxing, so make sure not to talk too loudly. Just pretend you are in a library.

Bathing etiquette

1. Almost everywhere in Japan there are rules about shoes, be it entering someone’s house, or a fitting room. So make sure you take off yours and put on slippers that are offered somewhere near the entrance (don’t take your clothes off just yet!).

2. When you enter a place where you find a lot of baskets placed around, this is usually where you can undress. You put your clothes, accessories and bath towel in the basket and you are ready to enter the bathing area. (To avoid awkward moments make sure you enter the right area: 女 indicates female and 男 indicated male.)

3. You may take a small towel with you to the bathing area to cover your private zones. Make sure not to put the towel into the water when entering the bath. You can place it on top of your head or on the side of the bath.

4. Make sure to wash before entering the water, as the bath is not meant for washing yourself. You can wash yourself at the basins lining the walls. Take place on the stool, facing the wall with faucet, and use the bucket to wash your body with warm water (and soap if you want, but make sure no soap gets into the bath). Don’t forget to put up your hair if you do not want to wash it beforehand.

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5. Then enter the bath. If it is too hot try to enter slowly and try to move as little as possible. Just pretend to be in a sauna.

6. After soaking for a while, you can go back to scrub your body some more as your pores are more open at this point. Old dirt also had the chance to soak loose for a bit and is now easier to remove. Also make sure to tidy your space after using it.

7. When it get too hot you can cool of by using the basins on walls (or, if there is one, enter the icy cold bath) just to get into the hot one again. On your last bath, don’t wash off the minerals of the spring water. Just dry yourself (still in the bathing area), put on your bathrobe, enjoy some (strawberry) milk from the vending machine and get ready for bed.

Beware: Make sure to test the bath before entering them fully. In bigger bathhouses there are hot as well as cold, or even electric baths. The electric ones are well marked with pictures, but you won’t feel it as soon as your feet touch the water. The current comes from a rubber mat on the walls in the bath, the closer you get to the mat the stronger the current gets.

Most baths at ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn’s) offer free soap, razor blades and toothbrushes, but if you enter a bathhouse (such as a sento) you may have to bring your own stuff.

I hope to have helped a bit. Happy bathing!

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Have you ever been to a Hot Spring in Japan before?

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An afternoon in Eindhoven – Onder de Leidingstraat: A great place to lunch!

We had a meet up at a friend’s house for a housewarming party! After a tour through the house and building we went to get some lunch.

We went to this super cute biological restaurant that serve the most amazing sandwiches! This is definitely on of my favorite places to lunch in Eindhoven: Onder de Leidingstraat. (Their breakfast menu looked very good too, so I will definitely have to come back!)

There are a lot of vegetarian and vegan options (which for me is perfect, because I don’t really like meat all that much). They have lots of amazing sandwiches and tasty salads.

I ordered the humus sandwich with fresh orange juice (the best kind of orange juice!). The sandwich was absolutely amazing! With paprika and zucchini slices, humus and arugula on spelt bread.

My friends were also very happy with their food! (The corn soup with coconut milk was so good!) For the sandwiches, you can choose between three different types of bread, ranging from light to dark.

The sorano ham sandwich was really good as well, with olive tappenade and pine nuts. And the salads are served with a nice slice of bread.

The interior is very cute and laid-back, with some real hipster vibes. A great hot spot to get some work done!

It is only a 10 minute walk from the train station and city-center, or you can take the bus and get off at the Strijp S bus stop.

There is also a small shop, which is part of the restaurant, with all kinds of biological products, and products that are used in making the dishes.

(There were also many different kinds of Tony’s Chocolonely flavours, so I just had to take a chocolate bar with me: white chocolate, with walnut and carrot, so good!)

If you are doing some shopping in Eindhoven, or you are in the neighborhood, I definitely recommend you checking out this place, as the food is nice and healthy, amazingly good and not that expensive either!

What is your favorite restaurant in Eindhoven?

Nominated!

I have been nominated for my first award by thesparklingsuitcase! Thank you so much! She has a super nice lifestyle blog, so make sure to check her out! I am so sorry for the late response by the way.. (-∧-;)

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1. Share the link of the blogger who have shown love to you by nominated you.

2. List the rules.

3. Answer the 3 questions.

4. In the spirit of sharing love with our blogging family, nominate 15 bloggers for this award.

5. Ask them 3 new questions.

My nominees are:

  1. peverilblog.wordpress.com
  2. byfrancoiseblog.com
  3. lfbsite.wordpress.com
  4. overcastblog.co
  5. levenmetlotte.com
  6. happinessisapieceofcake.com
  7. levenmetlotte.com
  8. aspiringoriginator.wordpress.com
  9. remyfoolblog.com
  10. japanoblong.com
  11. plantbasedweb.wordpress.com
  12. saishruthik.wordpress.com
  13. cookingandcrumble.wordpress.com
  14. thediaryofamuslimgirl.com
  15. overcastblog.com

My answers to the three questions: 

1. Which moment would you like to relive if you can travel back in time?

I would love to go back to when I lived in Matsumoto. It became my second home and miss it a lot. So I would love to relive one day of doing groceries at the supermarket, taking the bike and ride that oh-so-dangerous road up the hill to school just one last time. Oh! And not to forget the miso-ramen and korokke from the school canteen, yes please!

2. What you had always been scolded for?

Spending too much time on the computer during summer and school days. When I was in middle school anime and games were my life, which my mom was not too happy about since my grades dropped to an all time low. In the end I only got to watch anime on the weekends (though sometimes I would go online to watch an episode whenever she was out for groceries.) ‘Whoops, my hand slipped!’ *clicks play*

3. Describe your thoughts about the new generation youth.

I am very envious of the new generation. They get to grow up with the internet, smartphones and the new Nintendo switch. With the use of internet kids can learn things way quicker than I ever could. I remember buying those Christopher Hart books on how to draw manga which were pretty bad, but there were no other options. They can start learning languages at an early age, watch make-up tutorials (most 12 year old are better at doing make-up than I am), etc. Sadly, I also think that they might become vain or don’t see the worth and beauty in certain things anymore. I see a lot of kids walking around with smartphones these days, and those hover boards that don’t hover (which are EXPENSIVE! Holy wow). Sometimes I wonder whether they actually appreciate it at all. (I am still happy to be a 90’s kid after all, growing up with VHR tapes, the beginning of Pokemon, still remembering floppy disks and seeing the world evolve into this new time and era full of technology. A little bit of both worlds!)

My questions for the new nominees:

  1. If you could travel anywhere you wanted, where would you go and why?
  2. What does a perfect day look like to you?
  3. If you were to win the lottery, what would you do?

Congratulations to all the nominees! And again, thank you for nominating me for this award! I had a lot of fun answering the questions! 

Dinner in Maastricht – Korean restaurant Dadawan review

There are so many amazing restaurants in Maastricht that I have yet to discover! But one I can cross off my list now is Dadawan, A Korean style restaurant. Since we had to celebrate my friend going to Korea for some months and my other for getting a job in Japan (proud of you guys!), we went to Dadawan!

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An afternoon in Valkenburg – Lasergaming in the caves and delicious dinner

Last Friday it was my friend’s birthday, and that asks for a party! So all of us went lasergaming (which is already so much fun) in the caves in Valkenburg! (Even better YAY)

I really love Limburg for its not-Dutch-looking scenery and geography. Especially the area around Valkenburg is beautiful! There are caves, hills and lots of greenery, the perfect place for some hiking! But instead of hiking, I will tell you about my experience lasergaming in the caves and about a really nice restaurant where we had dinner.

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The Ultimate Guide to Tokyo in 48 hours

Tokyo is Japan’s capital city and is always full of life. It is best experienced when going for a week, since there are just so many things to do and see, but sometimes you just don’t have much time. Therefore I created this planning for spending 48 hour in Tokyo, so you will at least experience some of the biggest highlights!

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Irrational fears

I am pretty sure everyone has some weird quirks that we kind of neglect and never really talk about. I realized that I had many strange fears and customs that I wouldn’t have bothered thinking twice about if not for Tumblr. It was only when I read deep-dark-fears that I noticed there were other people who have the same fears I had, and it kept me thinking! So here’s a list of some of my strange fears:

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