The fear that people who have a tattoo are associated with yakuza (Japanese mobsters) persists. Tattooed bodies can be bad for business, so onsens, private pools, sento community baths, water parks and places where shirts come off and shorts are worn either ban tattooed people from entry, or require them to stay covered-up.
Stars and Stripes reports US service members who are adorned with tattoos are displeased. Of five facilities contacted by Stars and Stripes only Tobu Zoo Park allows entry to those with tattoos, but only when the tattoos are kept concealed.
Onsen spas and local communal baths also prefer to prohibit entry to persons emblazoned with tattoos.
no tattoos warning: Fujikyu Highland; Tokyo Summerland (E) (J, Korean, Chinese); Toshimaen; Yomiuriland; Laqua; Dekapathos; Chiba Greenery Dept. Pool; Seibu Yuenchi Pool; MobilityLand Adventure Pools
photos: montages LJ; signs Left Shoulder; One X; Two X; Three scenes
related: Tattoo services in Japan; Japanese Tattoos; Horiyoshi III, Legendary Irezumi Master; Art of the Yakuza – Japan’s Tattooed Men & Women; Tattoo in Japan; Foreigners looking like fools with gobbledygook tattoos; Tattooed backsides