A traveler's guide to public baths in Japan

A traveler’s guide to public baths in Japan

Public baths are a thing of the past in most developed countries, yet in powerful and rich Japan the tradition hasn't died out yet. As strange as it may seem to a non-Japanese person, even in large metropolises like Tokyo there still are a few public baths, or sento left. In the past, when not all apartments were built with a bathroom, people went to sentos sometimes daily in order to get their baths. Sento means hot water for coin in Japanese, but these public baths were much more than simp... [ read more ]