I quickly discovered through this feedback that the Japanese traditionally do not wear bathing suits when using the onsens.  Finding this out in advance gave me a little time to mentally prepare for my first nude, public bathing experience.

I picked my second afternoon in Kyoto to take a break from sightseeing, and delve into the Japanese tradition of public bathing. After an exhausting journey across the city, I arrived at the doorstep of the suggested onsen, which I was told was a popular one.  Because if I’m going to get naked with a bunch of dudes, I want it to at least be at a happening place.

Inside the reception area, I removed my shoes, and put on the provided sandals. The woman behind the counter looked at me as if I knew what I were doing, but I didn’t, and she eventually guided me toward the entrance of the men’s locker room.

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    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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