Questions about any kind of geothermal bath but also including Japanese onsens and sentos, Korean jjimjilbangs, etc.

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What is the proper etiquette at Japanese onsen?

Japan is a volcanically active country which means it has a plethora of onsen (hot springs) all around the country. Visiting these onsen is supposed to be a popular vacation destination for the ...
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Can tourists meet onsen geisha nowadays?

Japan's most famous geisha are from Kyoto, Japan's former capital and still a major cultural capital of Japan. But I've also heard of onsen geisha, far away from the big cities, who are at the bottom ...
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How common are onsen that require swimming costumes in Japan?

I assumed that you don't need a swimming costume when going to an onsen, but I came across this page mentioning that some places require swimsuits (it mentions Tokyo ones require them more than rural ...
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Is there any good way to know if a water-mass is safe to bathe in?

There is a lot of pollution around, and a lot of abuses of the natural resources. For example, on I-80 in Nevada, it is not uncommon to see some sort of man-made factories around what appears to be ...