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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