Want to experience life like the Japanese? Want to take a shower? Good news. It is a public bathhouse. In this article, you will learn about sentou, as well as recommended places and how to enter them. By entering a sento, you can experience a part of the everyday life of Japanese people! It also explains the difference between a sento and a hot spring. The author has lived in Japan for 30 years, walks the streets daily, and is very familiar with Japanese culture. I will introduce all the attractions and points to note!
It is a common facility in Japan, usually found within a one-kilometer radius of where people live, and is a place where one can strongly feel Japanese culture! The difference between an onsen and a sento is that a public bathhouse that meets the following conditions is called an onsen, while others are called sento. In most cases, sentou are cheaper to enter.
- 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
In addition, you cannot shoot beyond the locker room.
How to choose a public bathhouse and recommendations
If you look it up on a sento such as googlemap 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.
cheap public bath
Togoshi Ginza Onsen
Fuku no Yu
Rich public bathhouse
Manyo no Yu
I don’t know if it’s a tattoo, but I recommend this PDF because it’s introduced for foreigners!
It would be nice to have a towel, body soap and shampoo. It is also sold cheaply in public baths.
How to enter a public bathhouse
First of all, please experience the image in the video below!
entering a store
Give cash at the entrance or buy at the ticket machine. The market price of small public baths is 400 to 800 yen, and if it is more than that, there are many cases of public baths with 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.
Leave your luggage in the locker room. In most cases, there is a hole for 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.
What to take to 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 good to bring them with you.
Once 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.
Finally, experience a public bathhouse
After washing, take a bath. There are various bathrooms depending on the sento you went to, so you should try it.
There is usually a hair dryer in the locker room, so you should use it! Sometimes there is a charge, so in that case you can use it by inserting a 10-yen coin.
Japanese people have a habit of drinking milk all at once after taking a bath. If you want to be Japanese, please try it.
How to enter Q & A
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 have an area where you would like to know the recommended public bath, please write in the comments! !! I might write!