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11 Popular Unfriendly Tourist Destinations You Might Want to Avoid

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The Onsen in Japan

Many visitors who travel to Japan do so to experience the magnificent “Onsen,” which are natural hot springs, and “Sento,” community bathhouses. Most of these guests are allowed in without any issues. But if you have a tattoo, that’s an entirely different story.

A survey that was released in 2015 by the Japan Tourism Agency discovered that over half of all of the Onsen in the country banned tattooed guests or required them to conceal their ink.

Tattoos are still considered a huge taboo in this unfriendly tourist destination, inseparably linked in many people’s minds with the Yakuza mobsters.

But with the inpouring of tourists in the last decade, many of whom are from cultures where skin art is welcomed, this old-fashioned rule has become increasingly problematic.


For many years, travelers have found this unfriendly tourist destination inaccessible due to the restricted number of flights going into the country and undesirable due to the limited welcome they received when coming here.

Many restaurants and bars in the Old Town of Riga are well-known to be scammers focused on cheating tourists, and allegedly, child tourism that preys on vulnerable young girls is teeming.

Also, ATMs in many Latvian cities are often rumored to be rigged so that criminals can swipe credit card details. So, if you do decide to visit, having cash on hand is typically the best idea.

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