5 Tattoo-Friendly Onsen in Japan

Tattoos have been gaining popularity worldwide, but they are still considered taboo in Japan. In the past, having a tattoo meant exclusion from some public places, including onsens—traditional Japanese hot springs. But times are changing, and now, many onsens are becoming more open and accepting of inked visitors. Some onsens are specifically tattoo-friendly, allowing people with tattoos to enjoy the therapeutic and healing effects of hot spring baths. These tattoo-friendly onsens are the perfect way to explore and appreciate the beauty of Japan while embracing your unique style.

Hoheikyo Onsen Hokkaido

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If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in Japan, look no further than Hoheikyo Onsen. This tattoo-friendly onsen is located in Hokkaido Prefecture and is perfect for a relaxing break. The onsen is known for its natural water, which is thought to be good for the skin and help promote overall well-being. In addition to the hot springs, visitors can enjoy various other activities, such as camping, barbecuing, and even canoeing. And for those looking for a culinary experience, the onsen also offers a range of traditional Japanese and Indian cuisine. From the hot springs to the delicious Asian food, Hoheikyo Onsen has it all. So why plan a visit and experience this unique onsen for yourself?

Opening Hours: 10am–10:30pm
Website: https://hoheikyo.co.jp/onsen/

Dogo Onsen Ehime

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Located in the ancient city of Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture, on the island of Shikoku, Dogo Onsen is said to be the oldest and one of the most incredible onsens in Japan. The onsen is housed in a beautiful three-story bathhouse with traditional wooden architecture. Visitors can soak in mineral-rich water to relax and rejuvenate their bodies. The onsen is also tattoo-friendly, so visitors with body art can enjoy the hot springs without worry. There is also a small museum onsite that showcases the history and culture of the onsen. With its stunning architecture, relaxing environment, and tattoo-friendly policy, Dogo Onsen is one of Japan’s finest onsens and an experience every local or traveler should enjoy. 

Opening Hours: 6am–11pm
Website: https://dogo.jp/en/

Sansui Global Inn Saga

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Located in the beautiful city of Ureshino in Saga Prefecture, this location is one of the few hotels in Japan that offers a tattoo-friendly onsen experience. The onsen, Ureshino Onsen, offers guests the chance to unwind in the hot spring waters without worrying about being turned away for having a tattoo. The onsen is renowned for its healing properties, and it is said to help with various ailments such as fatigue, muscle soreness, and even skin problems. If you’re looking for a relaxing, tattoo-friendly onsen experience in Japan, the Sansui Global Inn Ureshino is worth a visit. There are sightseeing spots near the hotel, such as the Todoroki Waterfalls and Totayama-hime Shrine.  

Opening Hours: 6–9am and 5pm–12am
Website: http://uresino.net/english/about.html

Yudonburi Sakae-yu Onsen Tokyo

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This is an incredibly unique and tattoo-friendly onsen in Japan. Located in the heart of Tokyo, Yudonburi Sakae-yu Onsen offers a variety of treatments, including six hot baths, a sauna and a range of massage services such as shiatsu and aromatherapy massages. Shiatsu massages are available for 15 minutes up to 60 minutes. The aromatherapy massage is 60 minutes long, and for only ¥300 you can choose your aroma. What makes this onsen truly special, however, is that it is one of a few onsens in Tokyo that welcomes customers with tattoos. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, Yudonburi Sakae-yu Onsen Tokyo is a truly special place. From the relaxing sound of the trickling hot spring water to the incredible massage services, it is a suitable place to get away from it all. The friendly staff, relaxing ambiance, and tattoo-friendly policy make it a must-see for anyone wanting to dip in one of Japan’s famous hot springs.


Opening Hours: 2–11pm Weekdays/Saturdays
12–11pm Sundays/holidays
Website: http://sakaeyu.com/info

Hoshi Onsen Chojukan Gunma

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Step out of the modern world and into a beautiful natural setting offering plenty of relaxation and pampering. Located in Gunma Prefecture, a place well known for its serene setting and hot springs, Hoshi Onsen Chojukan features three luxurious onsens, which are fed by natural hot springs. Guests can enjoy the stunning views from the outdoor hot springs, which are surrounded by lush woodlands and the beautiful Japanese countryside. Guests with tattoos are welcome to enjoy the hot spring baths. The onsen also has a restaurant, where guests can enjoy delicious Japanese dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The facility itself is a beautiful example of traditional Japanese architecture, and its lounge rooms are furnished with tatami mats and low tables. Whether you’re a solo traveler or traveling with friends and family, Hoshi Onsen Chojukan is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. 

Opening Hours: 10:30am–10pm
Website: http://hoshi-onsen.com/english/index.html 


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