Bare Your Ink At Japan’s Tattoo-friendly Onsen

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WELLNESS: Bare your ink at Japan’s tattoo-friendly onsen

A new website helps tattooed visitors to Japan find ink-friendly onsen, or hot springs. Long-since stigmatised due to their association with organised crime gangs, or yakuza, onsen across Japan are beginning to relax their no-tattoo policy and inked bathers can find a full directory helpfully listed here.

Tattoo Friendly not only guides tattooed tourists to Japan’s more relaxed hot springs, but also highlights ryokans, public baths and gyms happy to welcome guests with tattoos. Search by venue type or prefecture, and whilst you’re there an informative blog dives into the history of tattoo culture in Japan.

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