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Your first point is almost universally true. Whilst there are a few onsen that allow swimming suits and the like, the vast majority do not. The only one I've experienced was in Kagoshima, and this was because it was a small but famous onsen; too small to segregate men and women and so Japanese yukata were permitted. As for your second point, yes, you ...


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In addition to codinghands's great answer I would like to add a few pointers: Make sure the onsen provides a large and small towel for visitors or bring your own While you can't wear any clothing in the bath, you can cover up with a small towel When in Rome, do as the Romans Towels Depending on the onsen, towels (a smaller washcloth, and a larger towel ...


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Bathing in the cave dates back to the 18th century when the Icelandic outlaw Jón Markússon lived in the area and bathe there. Until the 1970s many Icelanders bathed at Grjótagjá, men in one cave and women in another. The Krafla eruptions from 1975 to 1984 caused the water in the cave to rise above 50°C. Water temperatures forced the “closing” of ...


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A few years ago I wrote up a comprehensive guide on going to and getting in onsens for my local website (I love onsens, and have lived in Japan for 8 years). The above answer is correct, however if you'd like more details as well as a start-to-finish getting-in-the-onsen guide, feel free to check out the "Onsen Experience" section at the following link. ...


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After visiting Grjótagjá, I'm able to respond my own question since @MikkaRin answer is not as complete as it should be. When you arrive to Grjótagjá you find these panel: It's self-explanatory: "The public is prohibited from bathing or use of caves for purposes other than for inspection and photography". Given this, it states that the temperature is ...


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Sort of, depending on what you're expecting. There aren't many (any?) natural hot springs within day trip distance of Sydney. To get to natural hot water supplies, you'll have to travel to above the Artesian Basin (six hours drive one-way) or more further afield. However spa resorts and day spas have become a big thing in Australia, from the truly ...


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The town of Nikko itself, where the Toshogu shrine is located, is not in a volcanic area and thus does not have any onsen hot springs. You have three choices in the vicinity: Kinugawa. Once a beautiful river valley, now a festering shithole scarred by the hulks of rusting, shuttered concrete hulks left over from the bursting of the bubble. It's probably ...


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Maybe Yumoto Onsen? It's a bit more than an hour by bus from Nikko. For an Onsen in a Ryokan, check Kinugawa Onsen, which is around 30 minutes by train from Nikko.



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