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« Thread started on: Apr 9th, 2017, 10:04am »

While searching for possible minshuku to stay and noticing the difference in the accomodation they offer, I started asking myself if a shower is always available or not.

So far it has never been explicitly mentioned, so I wonder if it is a "always available" or a "never available".

what is your experience?
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 10th, 2017, 3:56pm »

on Apr 9th, 2017, 10:04am, FlyingDutch wrote:
While searching for possible minshuku to stay and noticing the difference in the accomodation they offer, I started asking myself if a shower is always available or not.

So far it has never been explicitly mentioned, so I wonder if it is a "always available" or a "never available".

what is your experience?


A shower will "always" be available in standard paid lodging (minshuku, ryokan, hotel), as a part of their bathing facilities.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 10th, 2017, 6:53pm »

You likely won't have one in your room, but there will be one available, but it will probably be a Japanese style shower where you have to sit, and it will probably also be public. There will also be a bath. I do know of one Minshuku that doesn't have bathing facilities which is Sudachi-kan after Temple 12, but they drive you to Kamiyama onsen and give you an entry ticket as part of your stay. Kamiyama onsen is amazing, by the way.

Japanese people bathe at night, so some baths may only be open at night, and/or have specific hours for men and women.

Business hotels usually have more western showers in each room and may have a public bath in addition.

Edit: Sudachi-Kan is after temple 12.
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 11th, 2017, 04:47am »

Sudachi-kan does have a shower, but it's very, very basic and (at least when I went in March) cold (hot water, yes, but no room heater). I could not go to the onsen due to female problems so they let me use their shower instead. I would highly suggest taking the onsen suggestion.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 11th, 2017, 07:19am »

on Apr 11th, 2017, 04:47am, kotoko wrote:
Sudachi-kan does have a shower, but it's very, very basic and (at least when I went in March) cold (hot water, yes, but no room heater).


Ah, I see. I hope you get to try the onsen in the future.

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I want to add that bathing is very accessible on the pilgrimage even to campers. There are onsen all along the route, many offering discounts to pilgrims. Many hotels and minshuku with large baths allow non-guests to use them for a small fee. Internet cafes in the cities often have showers, and even some of the free lodgings have bathing facilities. There's also a few free footbaths in public places.


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« Reply #5 on: May 24th, 2017, 3:46pm »

Minshuku: always a shower and o-furo, always soap and shampoo and towels, almost always a toothbrush, yukata and laundry.
Business hotels: all of the above plus always toothbrush and yukata or pajamas (!).
If you're just planning on staying at minshuku and hotels, you can leave all that stuff out of your pack.
Zenkonyado and tsuyado: variable. BYO everything, just in case.
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