Duncan Cook

Duncan Cook

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Australia Hobart, Australia

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March 2009

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    Best things to do and see in two weeks?

    I'd recommend spending time in either Tokyo or Osaka to get the proper Japan big city experience. Kyoto is also a fantastic place to go to if you want to check out shrines, temples and other things like that. Depending on timing, Hiroshima is probably worth going to, if only to go to the A-bomb museum and memorial. If you do stay in Hiroshima, I'd recommend also going on a day trip to Miyajima island, containing one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Japan, almost 11 years ago

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    Hot spring baths in Japan?

    Going to an onsen is certainly a unique experience. As Tas_GC commented, bring both a small and large towel with you. Large towels are usually discouraged or completely banned within the bathing area, sometimes small towels are acceptable but I think it varies from place to place. Once you go into the bathing area you need to wash yourself thoroughly at one of the little washing stations before heading into the pools. It's worth noticing that some places also ban people with tattoos, essentially to stop Yakuza going there. I'm sure that if you had a little tattoo it would be fine, but people with large tattoos may have issues. When looking to go to an onsen, find one that actually uses hot spring water, rather than the sento places that typically just use heated tap water. almost 11 years ago