How to enjoy Dōgo Onsen
Dōgo Onsen is one of Japan’s most famous spas, said to be the oldest in the country. The onsen isn’t just for washing yourself. It’s a place of healing where you can relax and let go of your cares. Be sure to observe the simple rules so that everybody can enjoy their bath.
Guidelines for Bathing
Using the changing room locker
Be sure to lock up. Place the key bracelet on your wrist when going into the bathing room and be careful not to misplace it.
No swimwear allowed in the bath
Entering the bath wearing a towel is also prohibited.
Please put your hair up
If you have long hair, please put it up so that it does not touch the water.
Wash up before going into the tub
Please wash your body before going into the onsen. Push on the faucet once and hot water will run for a certain amount of time, then automatically shut off.
How to use a towel
Do not put towels into the onsen tub. To rinse a towel, please do so by filling a pail with water.
How to use the shower
Do not stand when using the shower. Push on the faucet once and hot water will run for a certain amount of time, then automatically shut off.
After the bath
After bathing, please wipe off as much water from your body as possible before entering the changing room.
To prevent getting sick due to soaking in hot water, be sure to drink plenty of fluids after bathing.
How to Wear a Yukata Robe
Put on the yukata by holding both sleeve and making sure the center part faces front. We recommend wearing a T-shirt underneath.
Fold over the front of the collar, right side first.
※Please be sure to fold over the right side first, because in Japan, folding
over the left side under the right is only done for the deceased.
Be careful not to wrap too tightly.
The sash should be placed at about the positions as shown above. Women should tie it around the waist, while men should aim for around the