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Outdoor Rotenburo without shower 2018/12/27 22:00
We plan to do the rotenburo at Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan Ice Festival mid February. I have concern that we might catch cold since it seems there's no public shower facility offered in the area for before or after the rotenburo. After the festival, we'd catch train pretty far to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. Do you guys think it's fine not having any shower after rotenburo?
by SakuraBunny888  

Re: Outdoor Rotenburo without shower 2018/12/28 08:02
IMHO no need to ever shower after an onsen. The idea is to leave the onsen water on your skin and let it do its magic. The problem is more if there isnft a hairdryer or if there isnft a shower before entering into the rotenburo. In that case you need to strip naked and pour warm water from the onsen on you, while still outside of the onsen to wash you.

But catching a cold isnft trall a concern I ever had in connection with an onsen experience. Itfs kind of the best antidote.

Enjoy your rotenburo!
by LikeBike (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Outdoor Rotenburo without shower 2018/12/28 16:00
"Rotenburo" means "outdoor bath tub". I suppose you're talking about the XIVC (roten-buro on ice) attraction at Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan, which is not an authentically traditional style onsen, but looks kinda fun.

According to Japanese blogs, it seems that the trick is to go in an out of the tub repeatedly until you're fully warm enough to get dressed in the dressing room. Otherwise, the dressing room itself would be cold enough.

The above blog warns you that you should avoid having your hair wet, because it's going to turn in to ice (and "make your hair stand like a rock musician," the blogger says). You are allowed to either bath naked or in your swimming suit, and the bath is basically mixed-gender although there are hours for women only and men only. An alternative is to keep your winter clothes on and dip your feet into the X㑫 which is the feet-only version of the baths.

So I wouldn't worry much about the lack of showers. By the way, the Japanese don't consider showers as a means of warming your body. What warms your body is the tub. People even think that showering without dipping in a tub can make you catch cold. The shower is to wash the dirt off before bathing, and wash any bacteria off after bathing. (Traditionally, you were not to rinse off the onsen substances, but nowadays the onsen association suggests you take a quick shower afterwards as well.)

On a related note, however, I once bathed in a roten buro at Shikotsu and it made me a bit sick because of the tremendous temperature difference between my head and body.

I hope you have fun, regardless!
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