Tokyo swimming pool rules

Summers in Japan are hot and humid, and the outdoor pool or water park is popular for keeping cool – this one is in Tokyo, near to the Museum of Maritime Science. Japan is a country of rules and etiquette, and various ones that you might not expect apply in public pools: most people are shy of taking all their clothes off in the changing rooms, so go with your costume already on under your clothes. Make sure it covers you decently and is not too skimpy. Then although you should shower before swimming, you are not allowed to use shampoo or soap in case it makes the floor slippery. Every hour, on a given signal, you must get out of the water for 5 minutes’ rest – and rest means sit still, not exercise. Finally, if you have a tattoo which you can’t cover up, don’t go – they are not allowed.