29 Things You Should Never Do In Japan

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Don’t Step Into A Bathtub Without Showering First

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Most Japanese homes have a traditional bathtub called a furo, which is usually square in shape and deeper than conventional Western tubs. These are often already filled with hot water and are meant or reserved for relaxing soaks and not for washing or cleaning the body. As such, don’t forget to shower and scrub first in a nearby faucet or shower before stepping in the heated water. This especially applies to public hot springs or baths, known as onsen, since it’s a communal bath. In addition, when soaking in an onsen, make sure that the hair is tied up and kept out of the bath water, never let the towel touch the water, and avoid swimming.