Mixed-Gender Bathing near Tokyo: Locations and Etiquette

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

If you are traveling as a couple and want to bath in a Japanese hot spring together, here are our top picks for mixed-gender onsen close to Tokyo.
Visiting an onsen, a Japanese hot spring, should absolutely be on your Japan bucket list. It is not only incredibly relaxing after a long day of walking or hiking, it is also apparently great for your health—plus many happen to be set among stunning scenery.
One caveat though: it is usually a “ladies to one side, gentlemen to the other” affair. Hot springs are usually separated by gender. Meaning if you are traveling as a couple, there might be no one to ooh and aah with you over this amazing experience—just a group of grandmas or grandpas happily chatting away in a corner of the bath.
So

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