Many Japanese hot spring onsen resorts and public bath houses routinely ban people with full body tattoos (irezumi 入墨) as these are associated with Japan's mob - the yakuza.
The sign below at Hirugami onsen in Nagano prefecture clearly states that those people with full body tattoos will not be allowed in.
If you have a small western style tattoo or designer tattoo it is not really a problem, as people will understand you are not a feared mobster.
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