Kinosaki hot springs, Japan

Photo © commons.wikimedia

Tottering through the streets in broad daylight wearing a kimono and platform shoes is both liberating and embarrassing – somewhere between setting off to a fancy dress party and accidentally going out in your dressing gown.

The small, old-fashioned town of Kinosaki has seven bath houses. The custom is to stroll from one to the other in traditional Japanese clothes (provided by your inn), experiencing all their different features: There are indoor pools, outdoor pools, cave pools, roof jacuzzis, waterfalls, mists, foot baths, lush gardens and mountain views.

You must be naked in the water, which is intensely hot, making the ‘penguin sauna,’ a sort of walk-in freezer, a welcome relief. Once thoroughly boiled and pink, the tradition is to go to a crab restaurant – still in your kimono.

Written by

Readers who enjoyed
this article also liked:

  • Bone chapel, Czech Republic

    Decorating your house is easy these days: just pop down to IKEA for some wall hangings. Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic, however, did not have this luxury.

  • Forensic medicine museum, Thailand

    Home to a bloodied t-shirt from someone stabbed to death with a dildo, plus the murder weapon. Unsurprising the museum lacks its own restaurant.

  • Ride an ostrich, Vietnam

    One of a handful of places worldwide where you can hop on the saddled back of an ostrich and go for a ride.


By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.