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Hot Springs, Spas and Gyms

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Hot Springs, Spas and Gyms

Last updated: Tuesday, 20 April 2021

What to know before you visit

Japan is famed for its relaxing natural hot springs, or onsen, which are found throughout the archipelago. The bathing culture extends to public baths, or sento, and luxurious spa services in hotels and dedicated spa establishments.

  • Patrons and staff at spas and gyms are often in close contact, so take extra precautions.
  • Hours may be shortened or changed to reduce visitor capacity, so check with the facility before visiting.

Measures in place for your safety

Hot springs, spas and gyms have enhanced measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including disinfecting of surfaces, hand sanitizing, physical distancing, and the wearing of masks by staff and patrons.

  • Face masks are required.
  • Sneeze guards and barriers at counters
  • Employee health monitoring
  • Guests experiencing symptoms such as a fever or respiratory difficulties are asked to refrain from visiting the facility.
  • Improved indoor ventilation during use and during cleaning
  • Sanitizing stations at entrances and in change rooms
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting with particular attention to high-touch and high-traffic areas including changing rooms and lockers, clothing baskets, vending machines, fitness equipment, handrails and faucets.
  • Temperature checks

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is changing rapidly, measures and guidelines are changing and may vary at different facilities and venues.

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