Can I Get Into a Hot Spring while Wearing a Bath Towel in Japan?

Can I Get Into a Hot Spring while Wearing a Bath Towel in Japan?

No, you can’t.
You can’t wear your bath towel and get into the hot tab. You can’t dip the towel to wipe your body neither a small towel or a face cloth to wash your body in the hot spring water. There are several reasons for this:

  • If it is a towel was used to wipe your body, the germs on the towel will get into the hot tab.
  • Some thread from the towel can get stuck in the water circulation system.
  • Harmful bacteria can grow on the threads or dust from your towel in the water.
  • By covering your body with a towel, you might not be able to clean your body properly and will enter the hot tab with your dirt.


Dog&Scissors,Hot Spring Bath Towel


Like this image from “Dog & Scissors”, some hot springs allow you to wear your towel to dip in the tab. This is not standard and normally you shouldn’t put any towels in the water. If you are coming to Japan and really want to keep your towel wrapped, ask the ryokan (hotel) beforehand if you can, or choose one that allows you to keep your towel (or swimming suits).


Blend S, hot spring manner

Blend S, hot spring manner

Blend S, hot spring manner

© 中山幸・芳文社/ブレンド・S製作委員会

Even so, we are ashamed of being naked all the time. Therefore, when not got in hot springs, wrap a bath towel around the body or hide the body with a towel. When we get into, we will not put bath towels into hot springs like these image from “Blend-S”. Behavior at Kaho’s hot spring (and her figure) deserves praise!


Aria the Animation, hot spring manner


Girls und Panzer, hot spring

© GIRLS und PANZER Film Projekt

If you have long hair, you should tie it up so it doesn’t dip in the water. For long hair, without exception like the towels, you will always have to tie it up, so it doesn’t dip into the water. In these images from “Aria the Animation” and “Girls und Panzer”, they have a good manner.


Brynhildr in the Darkness, hot spring manner

Brynhildr in the Darkness, hot spring manner© 岡本倫/集英社・「極黒のブリュンヒルデ」製作委員会

In this meaning, like these image from “Brynhildr in the Darkness”, it is problem that they don’t tie it up and dip into. On the other hand, for Kotori and Neko who have been used as inhuman experiments at the facility for many years, we can’t really ask them to follow the common sense and manner. Since they are also very cute, we can forgive them can’t we?


Kantai Collection, hot spring manner

Kantai Collection, hot spring manner

©2016 「劇場版 艦これ」連合艦隊司令部

So, is it a problem like these image from “Kantai Collection”? From the conclusion there is no problem. This is not a hot spring but a ship’s dock. They are the anthropomorphisms characters of World War II naval warships. I want the admiral to use Buckets for them.


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