Why do Japanese hot spring inns give you tea and sweets at check-in? For your own safety

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

It may not be the only reason, but part of the plan is that green tea and wagashi will help keep you safe during your stay.

When you check into a Japanese inn, there are two things you can pretty much always count on to be waiting for you in your room: green tea and wagashi, as traditional Japanese sweets are called. Given how much Japan values unobtrusive hospitality and tranquil relaxation, it’s no surprise that refreshments are provided, right?

However, it turns out that sometimes there’s another reason Japanese inns provide snacks and tea, and that’s as

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