Is it Taboo/disrespectful to go to an Onsen whilst menstruating?

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I'm feeling very sore and recovering from a suspected bout of food poisoning and coupled with the wondrous joy of nature I am not 100% and feel a trip to an Onsen would help improve my mind, body and spirit. Any tips, help, advice would be deeply appreciated.
kunoichi kunoichi, Living in Japan

Answered over 3 years ago

Hello, I am so sorry about your sickness. Using onsen bath while menstruating is not considered a good manner among Japanese people, even though you use tampons. Plan the trip avoiding that period to soak into nice onsen bath. Or, if the ryokan or onsen facility has a private bath, some places may be okay if you use tampons. You should ask the facility directly in that case.