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The Ultimate Onsen Guide

How to Enjoy Japan’s Hot Springs

Donny Kimball
13 min readOct 31, 2017

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A single person tub at a Japanese ryokan

Enjoying a Japanese onsen experience is one of my favorite local pastimes. I can truly think of no better way to relax and soak away the stress that accumulates from life and work than a dip in a natural hot spring. Unfortunately for travelers to Japan though, onsen also come with a lot of rules…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/