Mixed-Gender Hot Springs near Tokyo: Locations and Etiquette

If you are traveling as a couple and want to bath in a Japanese hot spring together, here are our top picks for mixed-gender onsen close to Tokyo.
Visiting an onsen, a Japanese hot spring, should absolutely be on your Japan bucket list. It is not only incredibly relaxing after a long day of walking or hiking, it is also apparently great for your health—plus many happen to be set among stunning scenery.
One caveat though: it is usually a “ladies to one side, gentlemen to the other” affair. Hot springs are usually separated by gender. Meaning if you are traveling as a couple, there might be no one to ooh and aah with you over this amazing experience—just a group of grandmas or grandpas happily chatting away in a corner of the bath.
So if you are joined at the hip and don’t want to brave nude bathing in Japan without your other half, we tested some hot springs around Tokyo that allow co-ed bathing, yay! But first, some ground rules before jumping into some hot water…

This is only a snippet of a Tokyo Travel Article written by Mareike Dornhege

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