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We put the list of public baths/swimming pool you can go with your tattoo in Japan. We will add and update more. The rules may change so you better contact the bath/swimming pool to be sure about the tattoo rule. 

We talked about and observed the tattoo rule in public place in Japan for more than 40 years. It is actually funny to think of a time when some of our members were kids in Japan, they saw so many with tattoos and these tattoos were not fashion but of real mafia (yakuza) people. It was scary even for kids but at the same time it was quite fascinating being in the same space with yakuza people too. They were everywhere. We were not even sure if there was any rule about tattoo in public place in Japan that time. It was a time when people still could smoke in the airplane and everywhere in Japan. It feels almost like started 20 years ago or so when the government enacted tougher rules about yakuza groups.  

 

Today tattoo in public space is a big issue in Japan. There may be a lot of information on the topic.

 

You have tattoo and plan your trip to Japan? Are you tired of the heaps of the info?

 

Well, we give you a basic rule.

1) Go to a public bath ( so called "Sento/銭湯")

2) use a private bath

OR

3) use the group hotels which say fine to enter with tattoo (as long as covered by the stickers for a certain size)

 

As some exception, there are some areas like Kinosaki Onsen in Hyogo prefecture (featured later in this list) near Osaka/Kyoto which is famous for being tattoo friendly as the entire area. You can also try to get such an area too.

 

These were part of the public bath associations started when there was not many baths at home. The price is being controlled to stay as low, currently 520JPY or so per adult. We do not say all of Sento accept people with tattoo but many do.

Note that this Sento public bath is different from the super sento or other type of public bath (The technical term is "ippan koshu yokujo/一般公衆浴場") which are NOT part of the organization which may have big facilities and fancy equipment and cost like 700JPY or higher.

 

Which hotel groups have loosen their tattoo rules?

For examples...

APA Hotel Tattoo Policy for Public Baths

 

When searching for hotels with public baths (onsen), you can check the box for "public bath available" to find hotels offering this amenity.

 

Please note that the hours during which the public baths are available can vary by hotel. For specific details, refer to each hotel's page or contact the hotel directly.

 

Before using the public baths, make sure to review and adhere to the public bath usage guidelines.

 

 Tattoo Policy

 

Effective from March 19, 2019:

 

- Guests with tattoos are generally not permitted to enter the public baths.

- If it is discovered that a guest with tattoos has entered the bath, they will be asked to leave immediately.

- However, if the tattoos can be completely covered using the designated cover stickers provided by the hotel (up to two stickers measuring 10cm x 12cm each), the guest is allowed to use the public baths.

- Hotel guests can receive up to two stickers per night per person for free at the front desk. Guests using the spa without staying overnight can purchase the stickers at the front desk.

- For guests staying multiple nights, stickers are provided on a per-night basis. Please visit the front desk to receive the stickers each time you wish to use the public baths.

 

Mitsui Garden Hotel Tattoo Policy for Public Baths and Sky Pool(the pool only in Yokohama)

 

For guests using the public baths or the Sky Pool at Yokohama Minato Mirai Premier, the following tattoo cover policy is in place:

 

In Japan, it is common practice to restrict individuals with tattoos from using public baths. However, understanding that small tattoos are becoming more accepted among younger generations for fashion purposes, and considering the increase in foreign guests with tattoos for religious reasons, Mitsui Garden Hotels has established rules to accommodate more guests.

 

 Tattoo Policy

 

- Guests with tattoos are allowed to use the public baths and Sky Pool if the tattoos can be completely covered using the designated cover stickers.

- Tattoo cover stickers (8cm x 10.5cm, up to two per guest) are available for free. Please request them at the front desk.

 

- Ensure that the tattoos are fully covered by the stickers to be granted access to these facilities.

 

Where do you find Sento Public bath? Almost everywhere in Japan. When we were kids, we saw some tall chimney in the middle of town, we knew it had to be Sento public bath.

 

The list starts from the below. These are sento public baths, just small part from the big data. 

Do you know where you find more Sento than other pref in Japan? No.1 is Aomori, No.2 is Kagoshima then no.3 is Oita.

 

If you are the operator of a facility and want us to add your info, please contact us:

 

Tokyo

 

 Togoshi Ginza Onsen: Shinagawa Ward

 

Nearest Station: Togoshi Ginza Station / Tokyu Ikegami Line - 7-minute walk  

 

Overview: Located near the famous Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street, this modern sento offers the unique "black water" (kuroyu). Established in 1960 and renovated in 2007, Togoshi Ginza Onsen features two types of baths: "Hinoyu" with Seven Lucky Gods graffiti and "Tsukiyu" with a Mt. Fuji mural. Enjoy various baths including the black hot spring known for its beautifying properties, outdoor baths, electric baths, and saunas.  

 

Type of Hot Spring: Sodium - Bicarbonate Cold Mineral Spring  

 

Therapeutic Benefits: Neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder, motor paralysis, cold sensitivity, joint stiffness, bruises, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoids, post-illness recovery, fatigue recovery, cuts, burns, chronic skin diseases  

 

Contraindications: Acute diseases, active tuberculosis, malignant tumors, severe heart disease, respiratory failure, renal failure, severe anemia, hemorrhagic diseases, and other progressive diseases  

 

Address: 2-18-11 Nishi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 08:00-12:00, 15:00-01:00  Mon-Sun

 

Price: 500 JPY for adults, 800 JPY with sauna  

 

Closed: Every Friday  

 

Phone: 03-3782-7400  

 

URL: [Togoshi Ginza Onsen](http://togoshiginzaonsen.com/information/index.html)  

 

Notes: Morning baths available on Sundays and holidays from 8:00 to 12:00. Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

 

Bunka Yokusen: Meguro Ward

 

Nearest Station: Ikejiri-Ohashi Station / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line - 5-minute walk  

 

Overview: Established in 1928 and fully renovated in 2011, Bunka Yokusen offers a blend of traditional and modern sento experiences. Soft jazz music plays in the lobby and bath area, enhancing the relaxing atmosphere. Features include a nano bath with microbubbles for metabolism boosting, and the first-ever circular Mt. Fuji mural by renowned bathhouse painter Nakajima Morio.  

 

Address: 3-6-8 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 14:00-01:00 (Mon-Fri), 10:00-24:00 (Sat-Sun)  

 

Price: 520 JPY for adults  

 

Closed: Every Wednesday  

 

Phone: 03-3792-4126  

 

URL: [Bunka Yokusen](https://www.bunkayokusen1010.com/blank-2)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

 

 Kaiseiyu: Ota Ward

 

Nearest Station: Kamata Station / JR Keikyu / Tokyu Ikegami Line - 6-minute walk  

 

Overview: Established in 1929, Kaiseiyu is the only sento in Tokyo with a goldfish aquarium view. Enjoy the natural "black hot spring bath" (kuroyu) and silk bath while watching the fish swim by. There's also a booth for hair dyeing.  

 

Address: 5-10-5 Nishi-Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 15:00-23:30  

 

Price: 520 JPY for adults  

 

Closed: Every Friday  

 

Phone: 03-3731-7078  

 

URL: [Kaiseiyu](http://www.kaiseiyokujou.com/)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

 

 

GOKURAKUYA: Suginami Ward

 

Nearest Station: Ogikubo Station / JR Chuo Line - 7-minute walk  

 

Overview: This sento, named "GOKURAKUYA" or "Paradise House," offers a unique silk bath with nano bubbles. The bathwater, drawn from a 50-meter-deep well, is rich in silicon and calcium. The simple and compact bathhouse evokes the charm of rural onsen baths.  

 

Address: 2-40-14 Kami-Ogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 16:00-24:00  

 

Closed: Every Tuesday  

 

Phone: 03-3390-6764  

 

URL: [GOKURAKUYA](https://suginami1010.com/gokurakuya/)  

 

Notes: Closed for renovations from February 13, 2024, to March 17, 2024. Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

  

Kairyo-yu: Shibuya Ward

 

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station / JR Yamanote Line - 12-minute walk  

 

Overview: Located between Shibuya and Ebisu stations, this stylish bathhouse features a dark blue interior. Enjoy carbonated baths and saunas, as well as a relaxation area. It is a place for beauty, health, and socializing, hosting various events and workshops.  

 

Address: 2-19-9 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 12:00-23:30  

 

Closed: Every Saturday  

 

Price: 520 JPY  

 

Phone: 03-3400-5782  

 

URL: [Kairyo-yu](https://kairyou-yu.com/)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

 

Fukunoyu: Bunkyo Ward

 

Nearest Station: Hon-komagome Station / Tokyo Metro Namboku Line - 5-minute walk  

 

Overview: A recently renovated sento featuring a magnificent red Mount Fuji mural. Open from 8:00 on weekends and holidays, making it a great spot to relax after a night out. The artwork is created by renowned painters Maruyama Kiyoto and Nakajima Morio.  

 

Address: 5-41-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 11:00-24:00 (Mon-Fri), 08:00-24:00 (Sat-Sun, holidays)  

 

Closed: Every Thursday  

 

Phone: 03-3823-0371  

 

URL: [Fukunoyu](http://www.sentou-bunkyo.com/pg65.html)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

 

 

Irifuneyu: Chuo Ward

 

Nearest Station: Hatchobori Station / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line - 5-minute walk  

 

Overview: A cozy sento in an office area, known for its hot water and great jet baths. Background music adds to the relaxing ambiance.  

 

Address: 3-6-14 Irifune, Chuo-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 15:00-23:00  

 

Closed: Every Thursday  

 

Phone: 03-3206-0335  

 

URL: [Irifuneyu](http://www.268chuou.com/list/detail03.php)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

  

Inariyu: Chiyoda Ward

 

Nearest Station: Otemachi Station / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line - 5-minute walk  

 

Overview: Conveniently located near the business district, Inariyu is perfect for a post-work soak. Features include jet baths, vibra baths, and a luggage storage service popular with Imperial Palace runners. The bathhouse's mural is painted annually by Mizuki Tanaka.  

 

Address: 1-7-3 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 14:40-22:30  

 

Closed: Every Sunday  

 

Phone: 03-3294-0670  

 

URL: [Inariyu](https://twitter.com/inariyu_kanda)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

 

Aqua Garden Mitsukoshiyu: Minato Ward

 

Nearest Station: Shirokane-Takanawa Station / Toei Mita Line - 10-minute walk  

 

Overview: This sento resembles a luxury ryokan, complete with an open-air bath in the upscale Shirokane area. The central bath features various options including an electric bath, body massage jets, hyper jet, and vibra bath. The bath temperature is a comfortable 42 degrees Celsius.  

 

Address: 5-12-16 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 15:30-24:00  

 

Closed: Every Friday and third Thursday  

 

Phone: 03-3441-9576  

 

URL: [Aqua Garden Mitsukoshiyu](https://visit-minato-city.tokyo/ja-jp/places/552)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

 

Yuza Nakai: Shinjuku Ward

 

Nearest Station: Nakai Station / Seibu Shinjuku Line - 3-minute walk  

 

Overview: A short walk from Nakai Station, with alternating male and female baths featuring open-air baths and large TV-equipped tubs. The sauna facilities are also spacious and comfortable.  

 

Address: 1-13-8 Naka-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo  

 

Opening hours: 15:30-24:30  

 

Closed: Every Friday  

 

Phone: 03-3951-8515  

 

URL: [Yuza Nakai](https://tokyosento.com/yuzanakai/)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility.

 

I hope this detailed list helps you choose a public bath that fits your preferences during your stay in Tokyo!

Kyoto

 

Sauna no UmeYu:

 

Nearest Station:   15-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station / 7-minute walk from Keihan Electric Railway Shichijo Station

 

Overview:   Amidst the many bathhouses that heat water with gas, "Sauna no Umeyu" stands out for its nearly 30-year-old boiler, fueled by firewood provided by demolition sites and carpenters. This traditional method of heating water is one of the bathhouse's unique attractions.

"Sauna no Umeyu" also offers early morning baths on weekends and stays open until 2 AM every night except Thursdays, attracting a younger crowd of regulars.

 

Address:   175 Iwataki-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8115, Japan

 

Opening hours: 14:00-02:00am Mon-Fri, 06:00am-02:00am  

 

Closed: Every Thursday 

 

Phone: 080-2523-0626

 

URL: (https://twitter.com/umeyu_rakuen)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility. We went there and saw many people with tattoo.

 

Hakusanyu Takatsuji Branch:

 

Nearest Station:   - 10-minute walk from Shijo Station (Subway Karasuma Line)

- 15-minute walk from Gojo Station (Subway Karasuma Line)

- 10-minute walk from Karasuma Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line)

- 2-minute walk from Nishinotoin Matsubara Bus Stop (City Bus) 

 

Overview: At Hakusanyu, we rotate and replace the bathwater daily. Experience fresh, new water every time you visit.

 

Address:   665 Funayacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

 

Opening hours: 06:00am-01:00am Mon-Sun  

 

Closed: every Saturday

 

Phone: 075-351-3648

 

URL: (http://hakusanyu.co.jp/)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility. 

 

 

Osaka

 

Utopia Shiratama Onsen:

 

Nearest Station:   Approximately 10-minute walk from Kyobashi Station or Gamo Yonchome Station

 

Overview:  The official web quotes the message from the owner "Chasing his dreams, the founder moved from Ishikawa to Osaka with nothing but his ambition, starting work as an apprentice to learn the bathhouse trade.

In 1963, he took over Shiratama-yu (now Utopia Shiratama Onsen) and began operations. The facility has been rebuilt twice since then to reach its current state.

Despite many hardships, he repaid his debts, invested nearly all profits back into the bathhouse, and led a modest life devoted entirely to the business.

Growing up, my childhood memories are of thinking the bathhouse was a playground and causing a lot of trouble, all while watching my predecessor's dedication.".

 

Address:   2-7-36 Gamo, Joto-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

 

Opening hours: 06:00am-01:00am Mon-Sun  

 

Closed: na

 

Phone: 06-6933-0828

 

URL: (https://www.utopia-shiratama.com/)  

 

Notes: Please confirm opening Opening hours and tattoo policies directly with the facility. 

 

Hyogo

 

If you go to Hyogo, and if you have tattoo and do not want to worry about it, Kinosaki Onsen is one tattoo-friendly spa haven in Japan.

 

Kinosaki Onsen, located in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture, is one of Japan's three oldest hot springs, with a history spanning over 1,300 years.

 

Kinosaki Onsen is renowned for its seven different types of hot springs, each offering unique benefits such as enhancing skin beauty and providing relaxation. The diverse spring qualities ensure a varied and rejuvenating experience for all visitors.

 

Surrounded by picturesque nature, Kinosaki Onsen is an ideal place to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you visit in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, the scenic beauty of the area will enhance your stay.

 

Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and mountains, Kinosaki Onsen offers a serene escape where visitors can enjoy the changing seasons and find relaxation and healing. The town features numerous accommodations and tourist spots, making it a beloved destination for many. 

 

What to Bring for a Bathhouse Tour?

When you stay at a hotel/ryokan in Kinosaki Onsen, your stay typically includes "Yumepa/ゆめぱ" i.e. an "Out Bath Ticket" or "Out Bath Passport."  If you are staying at a ryokan, you can get a digital "Yumepa" ticket at the front desk. There are two options for the digital ticket:

1. A bar-code bath ticket.

2. Using your mobile wallet or IC card.

With either option, you can enjoy the "Bathhouse Tour" at Kinosaki Onsen's seven public baths from 2:00 PM to 10:00 AM the next day. Additionally, from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM on your checkout day, you can use your Yumepa for a discounted bath fee (400JPY for adults, 200JPY for children).Guests usually carry their tickets on a lanyard or attached to a provided bag.

 

Essentials for a Bathhouse Tour:

- Out Bath Ticket (Yumepa)

- Bath Towel

- Hand Towel

- Some cash for snacks (we say 2000JPY as there are convenience stores around to get some snack, ice cream after hot bath!)

That is all you need for a relaxing bathhouse tour!

 

Let us put these 7 tattoo friendly bathhouses in Kinosaki Onsen

 

Goshono-yu

- Address: 448 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo 669-6101

- Phone: 0796-32-2230

- Hours: 7:00 - 23:00

- Closed: Thursdays

- Price: 800 yen (Adults), 400 yen (Children) (Children must be 3 years old or older)

- Features: Open-air bath, shower rooms protected from weather, deep "Fukke-yu" bath (up to 170 cm deep)

 

Ichino-yu

- Address: 415-1 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo 669-6101

- Phone: 0796-32-2229

- Hours: 7:00 - 23:00

- Closed: Wednesdays

- Price: 800 yen (Adults), 400 yen (Children) (Children must be 3 years old or older)

- Features: Popular cave bath, family bath available (40 minutes for 3,000 yen, family ID required)

 

Jizou-yu

- Address: 796 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo 669-6101

- Phone: 0796-32-2228

- Hours: 7:00 - 23:00

- Closed: Fridays

- Price: 800 yen (Adults), 400 yen (Children) (Children must be 3 years old or older)

- Features: No open-air bath

 

Kouno-yu

- Address: 610 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo 669-6101

- Phone: 0796-32-2195

- Hours: 7:00 - 23:00

- Closed: Tuesdays

- Price: 800 yen (Adults), 400 yen (Children) (Children must be 3 years old or older)

- Features: Open-air bath, a bit secluded and less crowded

 

Mandara-yu

- Address: 565 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo 669-6101

- Phone: 0796-32-2194

- Hours: 15:00 - 23:00

- Closed: Wednesdays

- Price: 800 yen (Adults), 400 yen (Children) (Children must be 3 years old or older)

- Features: Cozy and intimate

 

Satono-yu

- Address: 290-36 Imazu, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo 669-6103

- Phone: 0796-32-0111

- Hours: 13:00 - 21:00

- Closed: Mondays

- Price: 800 yen (Adults), 400 yen (Children) (Children must be 3 years old or older)

- Features: Largest bathhouse, close to Kinosaki Onsen Station, Japanese and Western-style baths, daily gender alternation

 

Yanagi-yu

- Address: 647 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo 669-6101

- Phone: 0796-32-2097

- Hours: 15:00 - 23:00

- Closed: Thursdays

- Price: 800 yen (Adults), 400 yen (Children) (Children must be 3 years old or older)

- Features: Hottest bath, deep bath, foot bath spots

 

Kinosaki Tattoo Policy

 

Kinosaki Onsen is tattoo-friendly, a rare trait among Japanese hot springs. The Kinosaki Onsen Tourism Association confirms that tattoos are allowed in the public bathhouses. There are no signs prohibiting tattoos, and you can enjoy the baths even if you have tattoos. However, be aware that ryokan baths may have restrictions.

 

How to get Kinosaki Onsen?

 

From Tokyo:

1. Shinkansen and Train: Take the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto, then transfer to the Limited Express Kinosaki to Kinosaki Onsen. Total travel time is approximately 6 hours.

2. Flight and Train: Fly from Tokyo (Haneda/Narita) to Osaka (Itami/Kansai), then take the Limited Express Kinosaki. Total travel time is around 4-5 hours.

 

From Kansai Airport:

1. Train: Take the Limited Express Haruka to Shin-Osaka, then transfer to the Limited Express Kinosaki to Kinosaki Onsen. Total travel time is approximately 3.5-4 hours.

 

One recommended route from Tokyo

 

For the best route from Tokyo to Kinosaki Onsen, take the following steps:

1. Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto: Board the Nozomi Shinkansen from Tokyo Station. This train departs frequently and takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach Kyoto.

2. Limited Express Kinosaki from Kyoto to Kinosaki Onsen: Upon arriving at Kyoto Station, transfer to the Limited Express Kinosaki at platforms 30 or 31. This train takes about 2.5 hours to reach Kinosaki Onsen.

 

Note: There are only a few Limited Express Kinosaki trains daily, so plan your trip accordingly. The journey will take you through scenic rural landscapes after passing through the urban area of Kyoto. We often go to Kasumi city for crab eating in the winter and swimming in the summer. Kinosaki Onsen is also on the way. If you go to Kinosaki Onsen, you can try to travel even futher to Kasumi. The train trip along the coast line is very beautiful and the trains are quite old fashions as if you were back in Showa period.

 

Enjoying Your Stay

 

If you are not staying at a hotel in Kinosaki Onse, then visitor guests can use the Yumepa (1,500 yen for adults, 750 yen for children) for unlimited access to all public bathhouses on the day of purchase. The ambiance of Kinosaki Onsen varies between day and night, offering a unique experience each time.

 

Plan your bathhouse visits wisely, as each bathhouse closes at 23:00, with the last entry at 22:40. Enjoy the serene charm and the unique features each bathhouse offers.

 (Price and open hour may vary over time. You need to check it online if you want to be sure)

 

 

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