Kinosaki – Crabs, Onsen and Naked Men

Kinosaki Ryokan

Kinosaki Ryokan

Last Thursday and Friday, me and the missus went to Kinosaki, a famous town round here (about 3 hours from Osaka), famous for it`s crab (in season) and onsen. They have these crab trips here, so you get the train up to Kinosaki, stay in a very nice ryokan, eat far too much crab, and go to the local public baths.

So we arrived and checked into the hotel, then had a wander round the town. It`s a very small, old looking town, traditional Japanese in many ways.
The only odd thing, was the number of people wandering round in
yukata (like a dressing gown) and geta (wooden shoes with 2 “teeth” on the sole that you walk on) – these people were staying in ryokans and going into public baths around town. I`d be dressed like that later!

First though, we had to eat crab…

Full Crab Meal

Full Crab Meal

Crab

Crab

Crab Nabe

Crab Nabe

and eat crab we did!

About 90 minutes later, we staggered out into the evening air dressed in the yukata and geta and headed for some very hot public baths.
This was my first time to a public onsen, and something I think most westerners need some preparation for.

Especially when you are the only gaijin and so are very popular in the baths, and naked men come up to you to shake your hand and sit exceptionally close to you, and discuss football or England.

Had an interesting conversation with one old fella about his visit to England while my leg was touching parts of his body, I really didn`t want to, while he kept moving towards me vigorously shaking my hand. His friend was sitting perched bird like behind me on the edge of the bath. If they weren`t so friendly, I`d have felt a little intimidated.

Anyway, I could only stand about 15 minutes of the heat, so made my excuses and left.

We went to one other bath, which was less exciting, and just involved being stared at by 3 late teenagers, while they summoned up courage to speak to me…which they never did.

I recommend people to try it at least once, although to be honest the heat makes it not so enjoyable for me, mind you the beer afterwards n ever tasted so good!

Japanese Onsen

Japanese Onsen


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