Last week, SFGATE reported that the "beloved Bay Area clothing-optional mecca Harbin Hot Springs is reopening its soaking pools," and that got us to thinking about hot springs and the culture of accepting nudity that goes with them. The Harbin resort was destroyed in the deadly Valley Fire in September. But now its six communal spring-fed pools, spread among trees in a peaceful setting, are open for reservations. While there aren't hard-and-fast rules around clothing for most hot springs, especially those in more wild settings, there are dozens of lists of America's best hot springs out there in the cold, dry cyber desert.
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Think, for instance, of the many movie scenes of a couple out walking or hiking finding, a small lake and throwing off their clothes to plunge in or, even better, a man or group of men out in the woods, suddenly coming across a group of naked girls swimming! In Japan the tradition requires thorough washing before entering the baths and no clothes are permitted, but everyone carries a small towel. The huge hot spring resort of Ibusiki, south of Kagoshima, every year hosts 3 million bathers and nearly a million stay overnight. In the largest establishment with 29 baths, 22 are for men including suni-mushi , hot sand-buryings and only seven for women. I noticed many of the men gazing through the greenery at the women on the other side in pools slightly below!
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Soaking in the healthy mineral waters of hot springs for a couple of hours will change your life and rock your world. Alright, that last sentence may be a bit over the top, but I really have felt like a different person after a day spent soaking in natural hot springs. If you are really lucky, you soak in an oasis in the desert like in Saline Valley, a word-of-mouth gem in the middle of Death Valley National Park. This reaction is understandable enough — stories of slimy older men with long hair and a pot belly making their way across the water to chat up any woman under the age of 30 are certainly based in truth. Fair enough.
Clothing-optional hot springs in California where you can soak nude without a swimsuit. Nudity is common at many public hot springs like Deep Creek. Soaking in your birthday suit can be quite liberating, and some hot springers prefer to participate sans suit. It is important to keep in mind, that if you are not comfortable with nudity then you should avoid certain hot springs.