Nearly 1300 years ago, the Japanese discovered Kinosaki Onsen’s magical, restorative waters. Now visitors are invited to shed their clothes and take a dip.
The idea of wearing just a bathrobe while on holiday certainly promises a relaxing time. But it’s a little odd. Especially when this minimalist outfit is worn for strolls along the main street, meals in busy restaurants and even drinks in local watering holes. Yet in Kinosaki Onsen, two-and-a-half hours from Kyoto on the north-west coast of Japan’s Honshu, this practice is almost mandatory.
Rob Grant is a freelance writer, specialising in travel, culture and business. He is a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and is based in San Francisco, California.