Japan govt to ask spa operators to accept tattooed foreigners

posted on March 17, 2016

The Japan Tourism Agency decided Wednesday to ask operators of accommodation and other resort facilities to allow foreign visitors with tattoos to use spas.

The agency plans to introduce examples for avoiding problems, such as the use of seals to hide tattoos and setting certain times for tattooed visitors, in order to encourage spa operators to provide their services to more foreign guests. The number of visitors who come to Japan to use hot springs is increasing, but many face problems with spa operators refusing them to use facilities due to their tattoos. Such problems reflect a limited understanding in Japan about acquiring tattoos for fashion, religious reasons or tribal customs.

source by jiji
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