Long-standing sento Matsumoto-yu in Nakano turned into a modern bathhouse following a major renovation for the first time in its 85-year history. You’ll have a chance to soak in different kinds of baths, including one with bright pink water infused with herbs that are used in kampo (traditional Japanese medicine). There are also jet-massage baths, plus a lukewarm bath (25-30 degrees Celsius) and a cold bath (15-17 degrees Celsius). After you’ve had a relaxing soak, break a sweat in Matsumoto-yu’s classic dry stone sauna or its steam sauna made with special tiles, which is said to help your body recover faster.
Tattoos are still taboo when it comes to sento (communal bathhouse) culture in Japan. While they are seen as an expression of individuality in other parts of the world, Japanese society at large still equates this form of body art with the yakuza. Unless your tattoo is small enough to cover up, chances are you'll be refused entry — except at these ink-friendly bathhouses.
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