Hi, I am Mina(I am Japanese), and a journalist specializing in Konyoku(混浴). I would like to introduce this lovely Japanese culture to you as Tokyo Olympics 2020 is approaching.
Konyoku Onsen(混浴温泉:mixed bathing hot spring）.Konyoku Onsen is often called just KONYOKU(ko-n-yo-ku) in Japan.
Couples need to use separate baths when they visit Onsen(温泉:hot spring).
Men often end up waiting for their girlfriend or wife to finish bathing for a long time as a result.
Don’t you want to enjoy bathing with your partner at Onsen?
I have visited all of Konyoku Onsen in Japan and would like to share my experience with you.
On this site I will upload my reviews based on my own experience like my satisfaction, how easy it is for women to use the facilities etc.
One note though, I can’t emphasize enough that these reviews are based on my own experience on that day. Your experience might be different depending on how many people are at the facilities or what kind of people there are.
I use star rating system(one being the lowest and five being the highest). Some setups and rules might have changed since my visit. Please call each Konyoku Onsen in advance.
One time I was alerted by someone through my website(Japanese version of my website) that this particular place was closed, but it turned out to be not true. Also in some cases the owners decided to shut down, but later they reopened.
Most of Konyoku Onsen I introduce on this website are a bit far from town centers, it is not my intention to disappoint you after you travel all the way only to find out the place was closed. I will put my best effort to list their most recent contact information.
Before public baths became more popular in Japan during Edo period(1603~1867), mixed bathing was pretty common as most baths were natural hot springs, and the local women and men shared the springs.
During Meiji period(1868~1912) the foreign visitors were shocked to see women and men bathing together and they thought it was completely immoral. Japanese government then decided to ban Konyoku.
Despite the ruling some Konyoku still remained open mostly in rural areas(Note:building new Konyoku is banned), but unfortunately due to some visitors’ poor manners and a lack of interest of the younger generation to take over the existing businesses, there are fewer and fewer Konyoku now.
There are a lot of fantastic Konyoku facilities in Japan. Some have great views, some have historical buildings, and some have unique water chemistry.
Let’s preserve what we have left, respect local rules and keep good manners!