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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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Found it! It's called the "Boiling River", and information is here: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/swimming-in-yellowstone-6975.html Additionally, there is some swimming allowed in parts of the Firehole River, along the scenic drive. Update, just got back from Yellowstone, and candidly, the Boiling River is possibly the most underrated ...


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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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I'm a big fan of Georgia, having visited twice and lived there for seven months the last time, yet I had not heard of this place. It's not "Saltona" but "Tskaltubo", "Tsqaltubo", or "Tskhaltubo" (Georgian: წყალტუბო, Russian: Цхалтубо). It's the name of a town and a spa resort in Imereti province in the south-west of the country. It's less than 20km to the ...


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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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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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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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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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There are 3 possible places in the Rotorua area for nude bathing. Wai-O-Tapu stream at the small bridge near the ticket office to the Wai-O-Tapu thermal park. This however has become more popular in recent times and its a bit hit and miss with regards to nudity. Same deal at Kerosene Creek a few kilometers from Wai-O-Tapu - if there are families or lots of ...


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Another nice place I visit is Leukerbad There are mountain activities (e.g skiing during winter, hiking during summertime) and two good public bath: Burgerbad Therme Walliser Alpentherme If you plan to stay more than one day, a pass can be a solution as it gives free entrance to both bath (unlimited time) and to the cableways (Torrent and Gemmi). ...



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