Any hot bath that uses water from a natural hot spring is referred to as an onsen. You may thank Japan’s many earthquakes and volcanoes for the country’s huge array of onsen. Onsen is primarily open-air bathhouses where men and women are typically segregated. This greatest experience is now available to you in Singapore. If you are unfamiliar with onsen, the information provided below will assist you in getting ready for an onsen bath.
Do a health check first:
Make sure your physical state is appropriate and avoid arriving at Onsen when intoxicated. Additionally, stay away from onsens if you have cancer or have a very high risk of developing heart disease. For those with these conditions, the severe heat can be a real problem.
Furthermore, even though it should go without saying, please refrain from visiting the onsen bath if you have any blood, pus, sores, or other bodily fluids that you are unable to control.
Take a bath before you soak:
Near the soaking baths, there is typically a separate space where you can take a shower. The soaking pools should be spotless. You must therefore wash before entering the pools.
You can typically find shampoo, soap, and conditioner provided. However, it’s wise to confirm that you don’t need to bring any. Please feel free to bring your own goods if you like to use them. You can take a fast shower if you’d like to once you’ve finished soaking in the tubs.
Utilize the towels:
You will be given a small and a large towel at any standard onsen. When you’re done taking a bath, use the big towel to dry off. While the smaller towel can be used in the bathroom and is typically referred to as a modesty towel.
Take care of your long hair:
To maintain the cleanliness of the onsen water, it is improper to submerge your head (even if you have just washed it). Bring a hair tie with you if you have long hair so you can tie it back before entering the onsen bath. Alternately, you might cover it with your modest towel.
Enjoy yourself and relax!
Never forget that visiting an onsen in Singapore is all about relaxing and having fun. Avoid being so preoccupied with onsen protocol that you forget to unwind and enjoy yourself. You’ll be fine if you try to abide by these rules and show courtesy to other bathers.