Tattooed tourists coming to Japan during next year’s Rugby World Cup can now use an online map to find hot spas that will welcome them.
The map was made by the city office of Beppu in Oita Prefecture and is called “Tattoo-Friendly On-sen (hot springs).” It lists 100 public and private hot springs that allow people to enter even if they wear tattoos.
Tattoos are typically frowned upon in Japan due to their association with gangsters. The operators of many public baths refuse guests with tattoos.
But many rugby players, especially Polynesian players from countries like New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga, wear tattoos as part of their culture.
“We don’t want to disappoint people who come all the way (from overseas),” a city official said, explaining why the city created the Google Maps-based guide. (Kyodo)