Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2014

Recently developed website TattooSpot.jp gives users a handy overview of tattoo-friendly (or at least accepted) pools, onsen, gyms, hotels and more across the nation. With an increasing number of beaches and other places erecting “No Tattoo” signs, it’s getting harder to sneak by for “marked” individuals of any nationality. While many people profess to never have problems showing their ink in Japan, an almost equal number have been asked to leave a venue or have been denied entry from the start. For those who feel it’s better to be safe than sorry, this site is for you. User-sourced and updated regularly with addresses, opening times and prices. Non-Japanese speakers can make use of Google translate or internet browser translate functions to get by.