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.
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.
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.
Coming out of the bath area you dump your small towel in the basket provided and pick up a large towel to dry off.
Once out of the bath, there are many accessories available to get ready.
and to finish off the massage chair, leg massage machine and cool down fan