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7 onsen in Chugoku where men and women can bathe together

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By Natsuko Mazany

From the golden sand dunes of Tottori to the standing skeleton of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, the Chugoku region welcomes visitors from the four corners of the world with the beauty of nature and the cruelty of mankind. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer or a history buff, what better way to relax after a busy day of traveling than visiting one of Japan’s rarities — a mixed gender hot spring?

Contrary to popular belief, konyoku onsen, or mixed gender hot springs, have been a part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years. It wasn’t until after World War II, when Western influences and mores pressured Japan, that the tradition started to disappear. Since then, these hot springs have been decreasing every year with strict regulations and a lack of interest from Japanese citizens. Because of this, these baths are on the brink of extinction. By paying a visit to one of these historical establishments, you can experience a forgotten Japan while supporting the continuation of an ancient tradition.

Complete your visit to the Chugoku region with a short stop — or even a whole night’s stay — at one of these relaxing konyoku onsen spots!

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If you are with someone - a couple - you can bathe together at private hot spring. Not that hard to find.

If you are want to bathe with those of the opposite sex, I find it difficult for them to defend that they want it for totally normal reasons.

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It wasn’t until after World War II, when Western influences and mores pressured Japan, that the tradition started to disappear. 

gee...Western influence killing the nice traditions, there was nothing wrong with it...

how sad... ;-(

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It wasn’t until after World War II, when Western influences and mores pressured Japan, that the tradition started to disappear.

Take a look at the internet for social mores and modesty! NOT! Also, prostitution is legal in many European countries and Canada. Then there are trends to legalize marijuana in most Western countries. Japan could easily return to mixed bathing but I think Japanese women in particular would have no interest. They don't even want to share train cars with men!

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They allow mixed bathing with teens

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Pardon me sir, but your compass is pointing north.

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