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Inside the locker room

Mt Fuji rises above the golf course
Mt Fuji rises above the golf course

Having spent four hours on the golf course staring at Mt Fuji most of the time it was nice to get back in the clubhouse and hit the locker room for a Japanese bath. For those who haven’t been to a golf club in Japan I thought it would be interesting to take some pictures of the locker room and explain a bit about the setup. I actually stayed the night at the course so was able to take these pictures when no-one was around, hence the lack of bodies.

This is the basic setup of the room in most courses I have been to in Japan. A couple of rows of baskets for you to put your clothes in whilst you are changed and in the bath area.

Kept nice and clean as always
Kept nice and clean as always
Plastic bags for used underwear and newspaper for your shoes provided as service
Plastic bags for used underwear and newspaper for your shoes provided as service
Small towels for use when going to and in the bath area
Small towels for use when going to and in the bath area

Here is the bath area, also called in many places, including onsen, the daiyokujo (大浴場) or Large Bath Area. The bath area for women at golf courses is normally quite a bit smaller. Although more women are playing golf recently, in the past the men easily outnumbered them.

Main heated onsen style bath in the middle. Washing areas off to side (out of picture)
Main heated onsen style bath in the middle. Washing areas off to side (out of picture)
Washing area.
Washing area.

You are supposed to soap, wash and shampoo first before getting in the main bath, although I have seen many Japanese male get in the bath first and then wash themselves.

Body soap and shampoo on hand. Shower and faucet available for wash down
Body soap and shampoo on hand. Shower and faucet available for wash down

Coming out of the bath area you dump your small towel in the basket provided and pick up a large towel to dry off.

Towels at the ready
Towels at the ready

Once out of the bath, there are many accessories available to get ready.
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Hair gels, tonics etc.
Hair gels, tonics etc.
Combs, brushes. Everything you need.
Combs, brushes. Everything you need.
Shaving anyone?
Shaving anyone?

and to finish off the massage chair, leg massage machine and cool down fan
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7 comments

timt. April 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm

i played at one of those driving ranges. so, i don't know if that counts 🙂 it was somewhere off of the tozai line if i remember correctly.

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Shibuya246 April 23, 2009 at 8:24 am

Those driving ranges can be fun can't they. Thanks for dropping by Tim

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yaschan April 26, 2009 at 6:06 am

I really love onsen. It's such a nice combination with golf.

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Shibuya246 April 26, 2009 at 7:45 am

Nothing like a good onsen. Thanks for stopping by.

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steve from brisbane April 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

My only caution is against using onsen razors to shave. I don't know where they get them from, but even in top quality onsen, I have had terrible scratchy shaves from their razors on the couple of times I have tried.

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shibuya246 April 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Thanks for the heads up on this one. Better not to play with blunt razors.

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yaschan April 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Same here, exactly same.. I recommend to bring your own!

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