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Onsen experience for self-concious teens

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Onsen experience for self-concious teens

Hi,

We're going for a family holiday in Japan with two teenage kids. My wife & I love onsen but the kids are both horrified by the idea of going naked in a public place, even when it is single sex. Is there any way to get onsen access where they can wear a swimming costume or any other ideas to get round this problem?

Thanks

Richard

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1. Re: Onsen experience for self-concious teens

You could get a room with a private onsen bath attached. Or, there is often a 'family bath' that can be reserved to be used by your family only during a specific time slot. The downside of the family baths I've seen is that they were very small, with no view or atmosphere whatsoever- essentially just a bathtub where the water happens to be onsen water. Also, you're not supposed to wear swimwear in these tubs either. Onsen where you can wear swimwear is rare, a few outdoors natural pools and the like, as well as some "onsen amusement parks" such as Kowakien Yunessun in Hakone (or this one in a Tokyo suburb: http://www.setaonsen.co.jp/index_e.html )- that would not really be an authentic onsen experience though...

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2. Re: Onsen experience for self-concious teens

check it out Hilton Odawara resort & spa.

They have spa with swimwear area.

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3. Re: Onsen experience for self-concious teens

Otherwise, don't visit an onsen that is really popular and go at an odd time; when there are less likely to be stacks of people...

remind the kids that they can use the modesty towels, and that noone is staring, or cares...

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4. Re: Onsen experience for self-concious teens

O-Edo Onsen Monogatari in Tokyo. They can do the foot bath fully clothed--even have fish eat the dead skin off their feet (for an extra cost)--and then hang out in the food court area while you go in the bath. They might just decide they want to try the bath after they see everyone else doing it.

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5. Re: Onsen experience for self-concious teens

In Chiba (not the Odaiba location), O Edo "swimsuit outdoor zone" , much more than just foot bath , 30 minutes from Tokyo Station

www.ooedoonsen.jp/urayasu/onsen/mizugi.html

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6. Re: Onsen experience for self-concious teens

Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions, I'm sure I'll be able to get them to try out one of these. Who knows, maybe then they can be persuaded to "go native" after all.

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7. Re: Onsen experience for self-concious teens

Let them know that they are most likely to see old people in the onsens and if the elders have nothing to be ashamed of... neither do they. =P

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