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The vast majority of public baths are separated by gender, so although mixed baths still exist, you're unlikely to find one by chance. No swimsuit (or anything else) is normally allowed, as the Japanese consider that it would spoil the water (not even your hair may touch the water, in particular). Again, some special places may allow swimsuits for some ...


During Ramadan, the shopping malls will be open (you can get some respite from the heat there), however: No food establishments are open until after sunset; this includes hotel bars, restaurants, etc. You are not allowed to eat, drink or smoke in public (this applies to everyone, with the exception of children). There are extended prayers during the ...

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