29 Things You Should Never Do In Japan

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Don’t Think Tattoos Are Welcome In Public Baths Or Hot Springs

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Regardless of gender, tattoos are now more common and accepted in society in most countries. It has become an art and is even expected or part of the culture in some parts of the world. However, when you visit Japan and you want to try out their traditional public baths or hot springs called onsen, don’t think that you can just walk into any of them with you all inked up and your tattoos displayed proudly. Either you are refused or gets asked to cover up your tattoos as they are still traditional in this aspect and considers it as taboo. This may have something to do with the stigma of organized crime or yakuza, who are known to have prominent tattoos, but things are changing a bit especially in the larger cities.