- Take a Break Upon Arrival at Your Place of Lodging - Your body will probably be more tired than you realize by the time you have arrived at the Doho hot spring. Because you are not in your best condition upon arrival at your place of lodging, entering the hot spring baths right away is very dangerous. After checking in, start by taking a break and enjoying some tea and accompanying sweets to rehydrate and re-energize your body.
- Drink Water 15 Minutes Before Bathing - Although it is very important to rehydrate yourself after bathing, we also recommend that you strive to attain better blood circulation before entering the baths by drinking ample amounts of water, tea or similar fluid 15 minutes before bathing. Improving your blood circulation this way helps the beneficial properties of hot spring water to take effect more efficiently.
- Splash You with Hot Water Before Entering the Bath - Two important purposes of splashing yourself with hot water before entering to the bath:
* to cleanse your body with shower before entering baths, and
* to "warm up" your body, which also helps to more gently accustom your body to the water's effects. Bathers should start from the feet and other parts of the body farthest from the heart.
- Bathing with Breaks - In order to warm your body to the core, it is more effective to enter the bath three separate times with breaks in between rather than bathing once for a long period of time. In general, bathing periods of 5 minutes, 8 minutes and 3 minutes are recommended, with breaks in between to wash your hair and clean your body. Because hot spring baths themselves have a cleansing effect, you only need to wash your body lightly with your hands during the breaks. Many guests want to bathe upon arrival as well as at night before going to sleep. In this case, it is best to save the third bath entry until nighttime.
- Smoking is not allowed in and around the communal bathes.
- It is advisable to check with your doctor before taking hot spring bath, especially if you are pregnant, elderly, have cardiovascular problems or another serious illness; to be sure the practice is safe for you.
- Bathers should take shower before entering for bathing.
- In private baths, one can enter the hot spring with no clothes on, including swimwear. However, in common bath or shower, swimwear is required.