Have you ever bathed in a public bath, or sento, in Japan? Some travelers might hesitate at the idea because the rules and manners of sento are veiled, creating an air of mystery. Just like we did with onsen rules, we’re here to clear the air and soothe those “cold feet.”
Although it depends on the sento, it’s better to bring your own bath items such as soap, shampoo, towels and such. Few public baths put free items in their bathrooms and you’ll need to purchase them at the reception counter or in-store vending machines if you didn’t bring anything.