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Public Bath Houses (eg. Genko Land) in Japan.

Public Bath Houses (eg. Genko Land) in Japan.

Dec 26th, 2012, 11:10 PM
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Public Bath Houses (eg. Genko Land) in Japan.

World travelers,

I am curious to know among you guys have experienced being in a public bath house in Japan during a visit? How was the experience for you being totally naked, bathing with other people with the same gender but, mostly Japanese. I can only imagine this being more awkward to the gents.

I visited Japan last Spring and wasnt able to try it. I cannot just bare the awkwardness of people staring at my naked body (exclusive for my boyfriend. haha).

So you guys can share you insights and funny stories.

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Dec 27th, 2012, 01:09 AM
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Much more staring actually on the street in the countryside. Baths everyone is the same. Just take care to observe proper bathing etiquette.
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Dec 27th, 2012, 03:06 AM
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I was in Japan, but I didnt try it. Its like the Asian version of nude beaches of Europe. Not a pretty sight at all.

I enjoyed Disneyland most. Best in the world, and I really enjoy Tokyo fashion. You can wear whatever you want and experiment and people dont mind or look at you in a weird way. AWESOME
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Dec 27th, 2012, 05:53 AM
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That thought never entered my mind actually.

I was worried more about proper bathing etiquette and not splashing soap everywhere while bathing and not having any soap on me when I entered the hot spring baths than being naked in front of other guys. I think that is more of a woman's train of thought(OMG I am going to get it for this one).

Other than that it is the same as showering in your local gym after a work out or country club or a sports locker room situation. If you are uncomfortable in those atmosphere's then you will be uncomfortable in a Japanese public bath.

See here for proper bathing etiquette if you feel adventurous next time in Japan. Give it a try, especially in a hot spring town....you will love it!



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Dec 27th, 2012, 05:56 AM
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I'm female, and I didn't have a problem with it. No one stared. (Note, by no one, I include myself.)

If you didn't try it, why would you think it was the equivalent of nude beaches? You're under water a lot of the time.
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