Hey ATV fans, Bailey here. Thought I’d let you guys in on another very famous Japanese custom: Onsen (Hot Springs). Now, I keep hearing what wonderful, relaxing things these onsens are, so I decided to try one out last week. My friend and I took a very long train ride to Shima Onsen which is famous with ryokans (Japanese style inns with attached hot spring baths). In theory, they seem quite awesome…but in actuality they are a test in embarrassment. As you may or may not know, onsens baths are taken in the NUDE. You can wear a towel if you want…except the one they give you is very tiny and doesn’t actually cover anything. First you have to wash yourself (ala Tom Selleck in “Mr. Baseball”) in front of everyone and then get into a crystal clear tub where you are still quite exposed. And in some instances, the men’s bath can see INTO the women’s bath. I vote for no bueno. So what was in theory a relaxing and enjoyable thing ended up being embarrassing, confusing, frighting, and exhausting. Should you try one if you come to Japan? Maybe…they are fairly cheap. Should it be on the “To-Do list?” A resounding NO!