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Sit-down shower stalls found at most onsen


Nanzen-ji Temple (南禅寺)

天授庵 - 南禅寺 / Tenjyuan Nanzen-ji Temple by Active-U on Flickr.

Takaragawa Onsen Rotenburo 宝川温泉 露天風呂 by JohnCramerPhotography, via Flickr

The kanji 銭湯 translates roughly to "hot water for a small fee". Sento are your neighborhood bath houses; a kind of proletariat onsen. They emphasize the social aspect of the onsen to a degree over the relaxing aspect, and such can be loud and boisterous at times. There is a belief among some Japanese that nothing builds bonds between people like having a chat together naked, and the sento serves as a place to build these bonds.

Tiled bath outside.

[字幕付き] Japanese Onsen! 温泉が苦手な外国人のため!