Bathing, Japanese Style Bathing in Japan is different from elsewhere. Please follow these instructions. Instructions (1)Take off all your clothes in the changing room. (2)Rince yourself before entering the bath. Relax. (3)Soak--but do not wash yourself--in the tub. (4)When you've warmed up, scrub yourself with soap outside the tub. Remember... Don't get any soap in the tub. Wash yourself outside the tub. At inns, the bath is generally communal. Please be considerate of the other customers while enjoying your bath.