Tattoos? Half of Japanese hotels won’t let you into the pool

According to a government survey conducted in Japan, 56% of hotels and inns refuse visitors with tattoos entry to public bathing areas.

Tattoos banned in some public bathing places in Japan.

Tattoos banned in some public bathing places in Japan. Image by Jinx! / CC BY-SA 2.0

The survey also showed that 13% of the establishments that responded do allow entry to bathing areas in some situations, such as if the tattoo has been covered. Japan has traditionally not allowed people with tattoos in public bathing areas, as a way to prevent members of organised crime gangs from entering. The blanket ban has recently been questioned, after a Maori tourist was turned away from a public bath because of her traditional face tattoos. The Japan Tourism Agency has also received feedback that visiting hot springs or public baths is something many visitors hoped to do while travelling in the country. Read more: japantimes.co.jp

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