No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to an onsen
Japan has many onsen (hot spring) towns and no matter where you plan to visit, you are bound to find a hot spring. As relaxing as a soak in an onsen might sound, many people feel dizzy or faint while in baths. In order to avoid any such incidences, here we introduce things you must not do before entering a bath.
Things to keep in mind before a soak
We can understand your excitement about heading straight to a bath after arriving at a hot spring! But wait…
After your journey, you will be tired and entering a hot spring immediately after might make you feel uneasy. So please rest for 30 min and then go for a soak.
Drink lots of water
Sitting in a hot bath will make you sweat resulting in dehyradration. In your hotel or ryokan room, you will find tea bags so make sure to drink lots of liquids before heading to the bath.
Eat the sweet or snack provided in your room
If you enter a bath on an empty stomach, you’re bound to suffer from a loss of blood. So eat the sweet or snack provided in your room. But make sure not to enter a bath on a full stomach either. If you’ve eaten a lot then your blood pressure might lower or you might suffer from indigestion. After a meal, rest for 30 min to an hour and then enter a bath.
Get used to the hot water “Kakeyu”
A hot spring bath is different from your bath at home. The hot spring water usually has a high mineral content and the temperature varies.
Normally, you will find a smaller bath at the entrance of the hot spring. Use the wooden pail and pour water on your body.
Enter the bath slowly, first just up to the waist and then up to the neck.
The standard is to soak for 5 min, rest for some time, then soak for 8 min and then for 3 min. Also don’t move about too much but sit quietly and respect everyone’s presence.
Getting out of a bath
If you stand up suddenly, you might feel lightheaded. Get up slowly and once you are out of the bath, drink lots of water. Rest and enjoy the post-soak feeling.
Other points to remember
Avoid drinking alcohol before a soak. If you drink and enter a bath, there is a possibility that your blood circulation is affected and you might suffer from cerebral anemia as blood flow to the brain reduces. Your pulse rate also increases after a soak; arrhythmia is also likely to occur when intoxicated which can also be a cause of heart attacks.
Further, the floor inside the bathing area is quite slippery, so walk carefully.
You’ve come all the way to Japan, so why not keep these things in mind and have a wonderful experience at an onsen!?