What? Want to know where you can feel Japanese culture? Want to experience a life similar to the one you live in? Want to take a shower?
Good news. There is. It is Sento. In this article, you will learn about Sento, and know recommend places and ways to enter. By take sento, you can experience a part of the daily life of Japanese people! We will also explain the differences from hot springs.
I have lived in Japan for 30 years, go out to the city every day, and am familiar with Japanese culture. I would like to introduce all the attractions and precautions of Sento!
Table of Contents
1 what is Sento
It’s a facility that you often see in Japan, within a 1km radius of where people live, and it’s a place where you can strongly feel Japanese culture!
The difference between a hot spring and Sento is that a public bath that meets the following conditions is called a hot spring, and the others are Sento. In most cases, Sento are cheaper.
- The temperature when collected from a hot spring source is 25 degrees Celsius or higher
- When the substance specified by the Hot Spring Law is contained in 1 kg or more in the standard amount or more
Also, when you enter the locker room, shooting is generally prohibited. I think there are many people who find it painful to be naked with others, so please read only those who are interested!
2 How to choose Sento and recommended place
If you look it up in Sento on googlemap or something and it’s close and has a high rating to some extent, it’s not bad. Please note that there are occasional places where tattoos are NG. I picked up a bathhouse where tattoos are OK near Tokyo, so please refer to the following.
① Cheap Sento
② Rich Sento
I don’t know if it’s a tattoo, but I recommend this PDF because it’s introduced for foreigners!
3 Things to bring
It would be nice to have a towel, body soap and shampoo. It is also sold cheaply in Sento.
4 How to take Sento
First of all, please experience in the video below! http://youtu.be/fMnb56OLnek
① Enter the building
Hand over cash at the entrance or buy at a ticket machine. The market price of small Sento is 400 to 800 yen, and if it is more than that, it is often Sento with some added value. If you don’t have a towel, buy or rent it here.
Head to the men’s or women’s baths. In addition,blue is a man, and red and pink are women.
③ Locker room
Leave your luggage in the locker room. In most cases, there is a hole for inserting 100 yen currency, so once you have put in all the money, close it, twist the key sideways, and take out the key. It’s a little embarrassing to be naked in the presence of others at your travel destination, but let’s take a step forward with a strong feeling of experiencing culture.
④ WHat to bring with the bathroom
All you need to bring to the bathroom is shampoo and body soap. These may have been placed from the beginning, but it is safe to bring them with you. (You don’t need to just bathe in water!)
⑤ Behavior in the bathroom
First of all, you need to wash your body using the uniquely shaped chair and bucket at the entrance of the bathroom. You should look around to see how to use it.
⑥ Finally experience Sento
After washing, go to the bathroom. There are various bathrooms depending on Sento you went to, so you should try it. (It’s not always warm!)
⑦ After bathing
After entering, just exit. There is usually a hair dryer in the locker room, so you should use it! Sometimes there is a charge, so you can use it by inserting a 10-yen coin.
Milk is often sold in stores, but since it has been a habit to drink milk after taking a bath for a long time, it is recommended for those who want to become more impersonator.
How to take Sento Q&A https://www.o-2.jp/ota_welcome/pdf/sentotool.pdf
I’ve written a lot so far, but there are many cases where there is no guidance in a foreign language, so it’s a little more difficult than the places I’ve introduced so far! orz If you want to know the recommended Sento in this area, please write in the comments! !! I might write!