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Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is a popular travel destination for thrill seekers and foodies alike. The annual average of over 500 centimeters of snow makes the island a haven for skiers and snowboarders, while specialties such as fresh seafood and Sapporo-style tangy miso ramen bring hungry visitors from around the world. Whether you’re the adventurous type or the hungry type — or somewhere in between — spend some of your down time at one of Hokkaido’s konyoku onsen, or mixed-gender hot spring.
Konyoku onsen have a rich history and culture. Sadly, more and more of these traditional baths are disappearing due to laws and lack of interest. But you can continue this relaxing and ancient tradition with your friends or lover! Here are nine mixed-gender hot springs in Hokkaido that are worth a visit!
1. Aidomari Onsen
Those who seek a decidedly non-touristy experience must pay a visit to Aidomari Onsen. This hot spring is located in a desolate area of Hokkaido, where kombu, or kelp, farming takes place. This onsen is in the open so swimsuits are required. Bathing season is from May to September, but inclement weather can cause the establishment to close for the day. With that, mixed gender bathing is only allowed from May to June because segregating huts are put over the bath during kombu harvesting season.