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It is not difficult to take a bath in the hot spring in Japan. I guess it is hard for foreigners not “how to take a bath” but “the mental embarrassment”, because you have to take off all your clothes at the hot spring. When you enter the separate changing room by men and women, you have to take off your all clothes and place them into a basket (put your bath towel in the basket, too). Swimming suits are not allowed in the Japanese hot spring or public bath. We strip to the buff. Only one small towel is OK to take into the bathing area for washing yourself. Then you enter the hot spring room. You never directly take a bath tab soon. Before that, pouring water over oneself “kakeyu” at a place for washing the body near a bath tub by using a washbowl and soap. Never wash inside the bathtub and don’t wash the washcloth in a bathtub. After rinse your body, you can enter the bath and soak for a while. Though most of hot spring bath tab is wide but not deep, you cannot swim in it. Be careful that temperatures are 40 to 44 degrees, so sometimes the long bath made us feel giddy and had to lie down “yuatari”. The other way is that after pouring water, soon enter the bath tab, and then washing your body, and go into the bath tab again. I love to take a bath for a long time, so after going outside of hot spring, it is a wonderful time to drink a cold water, tea or milk. At Kinosaki, there are many shops that sell something cold drink or ice around the seven hot springs. Even though I’m a Japanese, the birthday suit at the public bath made me feel embarrassed at first. But other people doesn’t take care of others body in the bath. Once you do it, you don’t mind about traditional Japanese bath style. Try it!