Shogoin Gotenso

15 Nakamachi Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 606-8324, Japan
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Traveling with tattoos in Japan...

by Chimey

Hi, all. So I'm planning a trip to Japan. I bought my tickets Friday night, and I'll be touching down in Osaka on October 3.

But in the meantime, I've got a cultural question for those more familiar with Japan than I. To wit: It's come to my attention that in certain locations--public baths, onsen, some capsule hotels--people with tattoos are not welcome. I gather this has to do with yakuza affiliations, or the suspicion thereof.

Well, not to put too fine a point on it, but I've got tattoos. Big ones. Lots of them. The kind you can't disguise with a band-aid, you know?

From what y'all understand, will this pose a problem for me if I try to use the sundry onsen, or if my hotel has a shared, rather than a private, bath? I swear I'm not yakuza! I'm just a nice girl from the San Francisco area who likes a little (okay, a lot) of body art.


Many thanks,
Kim D.

RE: Traveling with tattoos in Japan...

by Bilimari

Hi Kim,

Tattoos are accepted in Japan more and more especially if you are a foreigner, but you may still have problems at certain places. The best thing is to e-mail or phone the facility before you go to see if they have any problems with that.

I hope you get to enjoy the hot springs! :)

RE: RE: Traveling with tattoos in Japan...

by Chimey

Thanks so much, Bilimari. I figure that if I play my cards right and do my best not to give offense, I'll have at least done my part, right? :)

Many cheers,
Kim D.

RE: RE: Traveling with tattoos in Japan...

by heywinks

I think you might be ok, esp if you are a girl! :)

I know that at Spa World in Osaka they do not allow ppl with tatoos in, and I've seen a few signs (in English) at some ryokans.

Like suggested above, you should contact the bathhouse, ryokan, onsen if you think you might have a problem. Being a foreigner and a woman they might just leave you alone.

RE: RE: Traveling with tattoos in Japan...

by Chimey

Yeah, the idea about contacting the hotel or ryokan sounds like a good one--just put everything on the table up front. And I've already alerted the folks at the Tokyo hotel where I'd like to stay, and they've said it should be no problem. One down, several more to go!...

Thanks much,
Kim D.

RE: RE: Traveling with tattoos in Japan...

by eenelfje

I also saw signs at onsens and ryokans tattoos allowed.
Its indeed a good thing to ask before you go.

In October it will be colder already so you wont have a problem with your tattoos walking on the streets (shorts, tshirts etc.).

RE: Traveling with tattoos in Japan...

by jerryduckett

Hi kim,
Would have to see amount and type before answering. Have been to japan four times in five years. have not seen much in onsens, but hen again have not been in too many women's baths.What kind of hotel are you staying at?
My best,

Travel Tips for Kyoto

To-ro-nagashi in Arashiyama

by GNBlue

This is the traditional event
Ceremony in which paper lanterns are floated down river for memorial service for the dead
The `To-ro-nagashi' is annual event,at 16 August every year,

Kyoto Souvenirs

by DirtyRudy about Ikuokaya

You can get a lot of nice souvenirs from Kyoto from this shop. They sell a lot of purses and hair pins for girls. Actually, come to think of it, most of the merchandise was for girls! I bought a cute purse for my niece there. A little less expensive than the other stores.

Kyoto Subway - Fast way

by SLLiew

The Kyoto subway is a fast and efficient way to quickly get from one point to another. Though the line is limited, I combined it with the bus to get to way I want in shorter time and less hassle.

There is a north-south line and east-west line. Just remember the station number you want to get off. The Japanese names are fun but can all seem similar. "Zannen desune".

Recommend, take the subway to the furthest location and work your way back by bus.

Fare: 210-340 yen for adult, 110-170 yen for children.


by andrewyong

Like I said in the introduction page to Kyoto, the 1200 year old Kyomizudera (dera meaning temple), was built without a nail ever being used, just inter-locking wooden pegs and planks, and still standing. It's not small either, it's a few storeys high and yo can climb up to the top floor balcont overlooing a park.

I was there in a golden autumn afternoon, and it just puts you in a good mood that made you feel so special. Spring is another good time to be there when te cheery blossoms are in full display of their colours and blast of scent

Resplendent in gold (Kinkakuji)

by Restless-in-kl

Also known as the Golden Pavilion, Kinkakuji is beautiful especially on a bright sunny day. The sun really sets the pavillion aglow in gold, shimmering beautifully and reflected gloriously by the waters that surround it.

Construction began in 1397 as a residence for a retired shogun, but was converted to a Zen temple in 1408. It was burnt down in 1950 and present building has been rebuilt in 1955.

Peaceful setting to do a walk about. It's a nice place to have tea and Japanese sweet cake right after the pavillion (US$4.27 per person)

Entrance fee : US$3.42 per person
Hours : 9.30am - 5pm


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