Tabi No Yado: Japanese Bath Salts Guide
One of the most iconic brands of bath salts found on shelves across Japan is Tabi No Yado (旅の宿), which is made by Kracie (a large and well-known Japanese cosmetics company). It was first released in Japan in 1986 and has gained popularity ever since.
Famous onsen experienced at home
The range aims to recreate hot spring experiences from all over Japan; with each sachet based on one of 13 famous onsens. The onsens are Noboribetsu, Kusatsu, Hakone, Shirahama, Beppu, Towada, Okuhida, Kirishima, Shinshu Shirahone, Arima, Dogo, Yufuin and Yuzawa.
The bath salts replicate the fragrance of each region and have a corresponding water color too. The products are composed of onsen minerals (such as sodium bicarbonate), moisturizing ingredients, aroma compounds and medicinal herbs which are designed to promote circulation and warmth.
The illustrations on the Tabi No Yado packaging were created by world-renowned woodblock artist Yasuhiko Kida from Kyoto. He travelled to each of the hot spring locations to capture the feeling of each onsen. When all the packages are placed side-by-side, they form one large continuous image.
How to use Tabi No Yado Bath Salts
Fill your bathtub up with warm water. Choose which onsen you’d like to try by selecting one sachet. Open the sachet; the salts may have a stronger fragrance when you first open them, don’t worry it will soften once dissolved. Pour the entire sachet into your bath and mix it around until the powder dissolves. Immerse yourself in the tub and soak for at least 20 minutes. You’ll be surprised to find how the salts help the water retain its heat. When you are finished simply towel dry, there is no need to rinse.
What onsens does the Tabi No Yado range include?
The best part about the Tabi No Yado range is that the products are sold in mixed packages, which means you can experience multiple Japanese onsen regions in one pack. They offer three mixed packs; clear, milky and smooth.
Tabi No Yado Bath Salts: Clear Mixed Pack (15 sachets)
This pink package contains 15 sachets from 5 onsens (25g each). These keep the bath water clear (not milky). The following onsens are included:
Noboribetsu – a calm flower fragrance makes water a yellow color (3 sachets)
Kusatsu – yuzu fragrance makes water a lemon yellow color (3 sachets)
Hakone – herb fragrance makes water a green color (3 sachets)
Shirahama – refreshing flower fragrance makes water a light blue green color (3 sachets)
Beppu – moss and wood fragrance, makes water a green color (3 sachets)
Tabi No Yado Bath Salts: Milky Mixed Pack (13 sachets)
This orange package contains 13 sachets from 4 onsens (25g each). These make the bath water clear milky. The following onsens are included:
Towada – citrus and herb fragrance makes water a milky gray (3 sachets)
Okuhida – flower and forest fragrance makes water milky green (3 sachets)
Kirishima – flower garden fragrance makes water milky light blue (3 sachets)
Shinshu Shirahone – Japanese cedar fragrance makes water milky white (4 sachets)
Tabi No Yado Bath Salts: Smooth Mixed Pack (13 sachets)
This green package contains 13 sachets from 4 onsens (25g each). These are focused on their moisturizing properties. The following onsens are included:
Arima – aromatic fragrance (3 sachets)
Dogo – orange fragrance makes water a bamboo color (3 sachets)
Yufuin – light orange fragrance (3 sachets)
Yuzawa – light fragrance makes water milky white (4 sachets)
Tabi No Yado Bath Salts: Value Pack (28 sachets)
This value pack includes includes 28 sachets from 9 onsens (25g each). It consists of both the clear and milky mixed packs (as per descriptions above).
Tabi No Yado Bath Salts: Hot Spring Tour Set (94 sachets)
This hot spring tour set includes 94 sachets from 10 onsens (25g each). It includes: Kirishima (2 sachets), Beppu (15 sachets), Dogo (5 sachets), Arima (5 sachets), Shirahama (10 sachets), Yoshino (15 sachets), Yuzawa (2 sachets), Hakone (15 sachets), Kusatsu (15 sachets) and Noboribetsu (10 sachets).