Onsen Guide: Hot Springs in Japan

Have you ever experienced taking a bath facing to strangers? Have you ever taken a bath outside? If both or either of your answers are no, you might feel embarrassing about soaking in a public bathtub when a person next to you is an unfamiliar dude or girl. However, it is not really unusual for Japanese people to go to a public bath.

Traditionally, Japanese people love to go to hot springs, or onsen. This is true for not only humans. Even monkeys in Japan love an onsen!

Onsens in Japan
Monkeys love onsen as well!

For geographical reasons, there are thousands of onsen spots throughout the country. If you live in or come to Japan, you may want to visit at least one of the spots, but at the same time, you may have no idea about where to go. This article introduces things to know about Japanese onsen, focusing on,

  1. Major onsen spots in Japan
  2. Manners at an Onsen in Japan
  3. Benefits to go to an Onsen in Japan

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Getting Around Osaka: Transportation Guide


What do you know about Osaka? How far is it from Tokyo? How are  people in Osaka like?

I was born in Osaka, so, naturally this place always gives me a feeling of intimacy and warmth. Though I have moved to another prefecture in Japan as well as the United States, Osaka still is my favorite place to be. While Yokohama is a larger city in terms of population, I would say that Osaka is still the second capital of Japan. However, it is definitely the biggest city in Western Japan.

Osaka has many particular characteristics that distinguish them from the rest parts of Japan (Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Kyushu.) It is preferable to know and understand them for those who are planning to visit Osaka in the future.

Are you ready for your journey to Osaka? Let’s discover it!

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Exchanging Business Cards In Japan

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Think about a situation below.

Your Boss: Are you ready for exchanging business cards in Japan?

You: Well, I don’t have any…

In the United States, shaking hands is one of the most significant actions when you meet new people besides saying hello and introducing yourself. Needless to say, greeting is inevitable for building good relationships in any business settings. However, there are cultural differences in social etiquette depending on countries. In Japanese society, it is fundamentally important for business people to exchange their business cards, or meishi. Business cards are like their faces in Japan.
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