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Tattoo Friendly Onsens: Yudonburi Sakaeyu

Enjoying a wonderful afternoon at the onsen without leaving Tokyo.

Ilze

Ilze

Published on 04 Aug, 12:00

Japan has, in the past few years, become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. However, for many tattooed foreign tourists, visiting an onsen (A traditional Japanese hot spring) can be challenging, as tattoos are taboo in Japanese culture.

However, with the increase in tourism, more and more onsens have begun allowing people with tattoos, so those of us with ink can also enjoy this Japanese tradition!

As the weather has been cooling down recently, I decided to visit Yudonburi Sakaeyu in Tokyo's Taito-ku. This onsen was recommended to me by a friend who told me that it is one of Tokyo's hidden gems.

Tattoo Friendly Onsens: Yudonburi Sakaeyu

Access

A mere 15-minute walk from Minowa station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, this onsen can be found in a quiet residential neighborhood, and is frequented mostly by the local residents. It is a rather nice walk from the station, and there are some quaint old buildings, including the old wooden building that houses Tenfuraya restaurant, where you can enjoy tempura after a relaxing soak.

Unfortunately, other dining options in the area are limited, so if you are looking for a variety of restaurants, returning to Minowa station and taking the train to Kita Senju is your best bet.

Yudonburi Sakaeyu

Yudonburi Sakaeyu uses solar panels to warm the baths, so it is both tattoo and eco-friendly! It is the only onsen of its kind in Taito ward, and uses real hot spring water. Entering is easy, as you can use the vending machine at the entrance to buy your ticket.

The onsen is very affordable, at only ¥450 for access to the baths. (Use of the sauna is ¥500 extra).

The entrance sign of the onsen
The entrance sign of the onsen

The facilities are equipped with everything you may need to get clean – you can rent towels at reception, and there is a laundromat next to the onsen in case you have laundry you'd like to wash while relaxing in the bath. In the changing rooms there are vending machines for those who are thirsty.

The onsen offers a sauna; as well as a variety of baths, such as a micro vibra bath with massaging microbubbles; an electric bath with a small electric current; a jet beauty treatment bath with more powerful bubbles to massage one's lower back; as well as an ultra-high concentration carbonated spring bath.

The carbonated spring bath combines natural hot springs with carbon dioxide, which is sometimes used medicinally. This is said to improve blood flow and promote beautiful skin and good sleep.

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(Illustration image)

However, the two highlights of bathing at Yudonburi Sakaeyu are undoubtedly the medicinal bath and the outdoor bath. The outdoor bath is partially covered by panels rather than a closed roof, and features beautiful stones and wooden walls that are very atmospheric.

The bath is large, and the water is a milky-white color, a combination of natural hot springs and nano fine bubbles which cleans one's pores and soften one's skin. Guests are dissuaded from speaking in this area, so it is a quiet, calm, relaxing environment.

(Illustration image)
(Illustration image)

The medicinal bath is a treat as well. Every Sunday, the bath is infused with a unique flavor. When I went, it was Chamomile flavored, which smelt amazing and was very enjoyable to bathe in. At other times, the bath might smell of lavender, or the Japanese Yuzu citrus. This means that you can visit multiple times and experience a different medicinal bath every time!

If you are looking for a relaxing onsen experience without worrying about being shown away because of your tattoos, or without leaving Tokyo, Yudonburi Sakaeyu is a great place to visit. For further information, you can visit their Website and Instagram.

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Ilze

Ilze

My name is Ilze, and I am a writer who is enthusiastic about travel! I am currently based in Japan, where I spend my time trying to find the best hidden gems the land of the rising sun has to offer! You can follow me on instagram: @ilzegram

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