Public Bath Spots in Japan

  • Shimizuyu
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    3.5
    42 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Minato-ku Minamiaoyama 3-12-3
    A public bathhouse in Minami-Aoyama which was established a century ago. In spite of this long history, the facility was remodeled and renovated a few years ago, and the bathhouse has a sleek, modern exterior. The interior is also bright and clean, engendering an atmosphere which ensures that women will also feel comfortable entering and enjoying the bathhouse's comforts. The facility sells a full array of bathing garments and amenities, and bathers are free to come empty-handed and pick up what they need on-site. The bathhouse's Silky Bath generates fine carbonation bubbles, turning the water a milky white, and every Thursday herbal bathing salts are also added, further enhancing its beautifying properties.

    I went there with my two daughters and had a disappointing experience. The young ladies working the front were so unfriendly, no smiles, just cold glares. I could not understand because we dont...

  • Taisho-yu
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Yayoichou 14-9
    A public bath facility which has been a popular social gathering place for local residents since the Taisho period in 1914. The bathhouse is located over a hill travelling from Hakodate Dock-Mae Station on the city light rail line. The current building was built in 1928, replacing the former bathhouse. Notable for its distinctive exterior mixing Western and Japanese influences, a rarity for such a structure across the entire country, the interior retains such retro touches as old-fashioned scales and a staff watch stand. The facility has been designated a scenic landmark by the city of Hakodate and has been used for filming movies as well.

    Taishou-yu is a sentou (public bath) in a pretty western style building completed in 1928 and still in business. It is locared in the temple district of Funamichou. I had to stop to take a photo of...

  • Sano Yasuragi no Yu
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Konakachou 215 SGC Sports Plaza North
    This Super Sento (Japanese style relaxation-spa) is located in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture. The Bijin no Yu open-air baths use natural hot spring water shipped straight from the source. Its alkaline simple spring water is said to give people beautiful skin. The high-concentration carbonated spring indoor baths are also notable for the effect of blood circulation. The bath house offers a full range of facilities to help guests relax. These include a rest area featuring seats each equipped with a television, body scrubbing salons, and a restaurant that offers items such as juwari soba (soba noodles made without a wheat filler).

    佐野やすらぎの湯に併設されている食事処です。湯上がりに食べるアイスは絶品ですね。食事だけの利用も可能です。

  • Tsuru no Yu
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    2.5
    12 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Edogawa-ku Funabori 2-11-16
    A five-minute walk from Funabori Station on the Toei Subway Shinjuku Line. In this public bathhouse, you can enjoy free flowing spring baths supplied by the bathhouse' own natural spring, Kuroyu Onsen. Facilities include a bathing area with standard hot water bath and a black water bath; an outdoor bath; sauna, and relaxation bath; the bathhouse is open from 15:30 until 12:00. The bathhouse' bathing area also has a courtesy area with taps and showers designed for ease of use by senior citizens and the disabled. In addition, the bathhouse sells soap, towels, and other amenities, making it easy to stop by any time. From the bathhouse' outdoor bath, you can relax in the waters of a natural black water hot spring and take in the stars.

    Its not a bad Onsen to visit - I was in an airbnb nearby so I found it easily. Just follow the rules and its you will have no problems. Take shoes off at the door, wash yourself before you enter and...

  • Akebono-yu
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Edogawa-ku Funabori 3-12-11
    Located close to Funabori Station on the Toei Subway. This long-standing public bathhouse is said to have been opened in 1773 during the Edo period. Consisting of two stories, the bathhouse' full array of facilities includes a large indoor bath, outdoor bath, massage bath, and nine other bath varieties; plus two kinds of saunas. In the bathhouse' spacious baths, you can enjoy a leisurely soak in the transparent waters of a mildly alkaline natural hot spring. The unusual design of the bathhouse has customers move between the various baths via a large, pool-like central bath; there's also an electric bath and a jet bath. A food area on the first floor offers a wide selection of drinks and light meals.

    ここあけぼの湯は都営新宿線船堀駅から徒歩7-8分の駅近にあって、都内最古で泉質重視の銭湯でもあって460円で入浴出来ます。湯の特徴は東京湾沿岸のいわゆる黒湯でなく、無色透明・無味無臭の透明な温泉で、温泉分析書もちゃっとありますから。また、追加料金を支払えばサウナもOKです。

  • Shioyu Natural Seawater Bath
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Saikishi Kamiurazamuiura 2920-3
    A bathing facility situated along National Route 217 in Kamiuraazamuiura, Saiki City. Here visitors can bathe in heated, mineral rich saltwater drawn from the sea. Facilities facing the sea include an outdoor bath, a large indoor bath area, sauna, and reservable private bath, plus a restaurant serving seafood rice bowls and other tasty dishes made with fresh caught seafood. Be sure to try the “Shioyu Soft Serve Ice Cream,” which has a slightly salty flavor.

    日曜日ということもあって、大勢の方が待っていました。駐車場は国道沿いは満車ですが、中に入ると数台の駐車場があります。食事開店まえは1時間以上待ちで、時間待ちに塩湯へ入りました。海水ですが湯上りは思ったよりサラサラ感。

  • Shioyu Okageburokan Asahiyu
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Mie Ise-shi Jinkyu 1-1-16
    This bathhouse stands on the Seta River. Here you can soak in waters containing an abundance of minerals and warm your body to the very core. The bathhouse' baths are filled with seawater from Futamiura, the same water used by visitors to the Ise Jingu shrine since time immemorial to purify body and soul. Out of a desire to make it possible for people to purify themselves according to Shinto tradition in the bathhouse before visiting the shrine, the bathhouse replaces the waters in its baths twice a day in the morning and in the evening. The bathhouse is replete with a Futamiura sweater outdoor bath, roiling bath, micro bubble bath, and a far-infrared sauna. Note that the bathhouse does not provide shampoo or other amenities; you must bring your own or purchase them at the front desk. The bathhouse is a 10-minute walk from Iseshi Station.

    駅から近いわけでもなく、地元の人向けでしょうか。階段を上り、下駄箱。待合所にはテレビがあり、何故か振り子時計がたくさん展示してあります。レトロというか不思議な雰囲気⁈ で、肝心の風呂は、脱衣所は壁際にロッカーがあり狭い感じはなく。内風呂はジャグジーの深いのと浅いの、電気風呂、水風呂、と小さいのがひしめき合う感じ。これ伊勢の傾向でしょうか...

  • Egaono Yu (Matsudo Yagiri branch)
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Chiba Pref. Matsudoshi Shimoyakiri 115
    This Super Sento public bathhouse is in front of Yagiri Station. Their outdoor soaking area has baths surrounded by stones, individual kettle tubs, and baths where the type of water changes from time to time. Head indoors for their shirayu bath with cream-colored water, a relaxing massage bath, and an electric bath, as well as a sauna and a bedrock bath. After you finish you can take advantage of body care or exfoliation services or stop by their eatery that serves fare like soba noodles made with 100% stone ground buckwheat flour.
  • Minatoyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Minato 1-6-2
    A public bathhouse located a five minute walk from Hatchobori. From the outside, the bathhouse is notable for its chic, modern entranceway resembling that of a high class ryotei Japanese restaurant. Inside, black accents mixed with warm woods and tile engender a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. The facility's baths are filled with soft water. In addition to two types of saunas, a jet bath, and a jacuzzi, the bathhouse has a silk bath which uses fine, high concentration carbonation bubbles to give bathers smooth, luxurious skin. The men's and women's areas are changed on a weekly basis.
  • Nishiki-yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Sakai-cho Nishikini Koji Subaru Yagiya cho 535
    This public bathhouse was founded in 1927 in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. Bathers enjoy the retro space with its historic facade, wooden lockers, and latticed ceilings. They play jazz as the background music in the changing room. They also have a variety of events like yukata robe exhibitions and sales, live music, and used book markets.
  • Funaoka Onsen
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    4.0
    147 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Kita-ku Murasakinominamifunaokacho 82-1

    No photos allow inside the changing room.. but this is a must try if you want to experience Japanese culture. A very traditional local sento. Love the outdoor cold and hot sento...

  • Kyoto Tower Big Bath-YUU
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    3.5
    78 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Nanajo Sagaru Higashi-shiokojicho 721-1 Kyoto Tower Building B3F

    Great location across from Kyoto Station in basement of Kyoto Tower; open from 0700 to 2130, with price including small towel under¥1000, and cheaper with JAF Membership. Very friendly staff who...

  • Kotobuki Yu
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Taito-ku Higashiueno 5-4-17

    I was looking for tattoo-friendly onsen/sento near Ueno when I came across this place. Its just a stones throw away from Inaricho Sta., and its not so hard to find. The place is very quaint, and...

  • Mikokuyu
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Sumida-ku Ishiwara 3-30-8

    I came across this onsen from recommendations of Japanese hostelers who were staying with me at Guesthouse fete. The onsen is very well organized, super clean and offers a great experience...

  • Hisamatsu Yu
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Nerima-ku Sakuradai 4-32-15

    The perfect place for onsen. I came in the beginning of my trip and again on a humid day around 3pm. Tattoo friendly with 1 side for man and the other for woman. Talk off your shoe and store it in...

  • Tsubame Yu
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    3.0
    60 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Taito-ku Ueno 3-14-5

    first I was so excited to be there. I was there just one hour , and I tried to take shower after I got out from bathtub and wear clothes since I was waiting my friend. The staff said I should not...

  • Daikoku Yu
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Sumida-ku Yokokawa 3-12-14

    I’ve been few times this place while staying in Oshiage area. Around 6-9 pm , there were many tourists (including me), and totally packed and could not relax . Maybe , this is the Reason, that a...

  • Kagomma Onsen
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yasuichou 3-28

    due to its serene palm-lined streets, laid-back attitude and iconic volcanoes Kagoshima city has been often called theNaples of the Eastern World. This is a city which fully embraces the revered...

  • Kita-shinagawa Onsen Tenjin Yu
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    3.0
    20 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Shinagawa Kita-shinagawa 2Chome23-9

    This was my first time visiting an onsen, and I think I picked a good one. I chose this one because it was waling distance from my hotel and had decent reviews. I was quite nervous because I did not...

  • Fukunoyu
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Sendagi 5-41-5

    I decided to try this sento. Took subway to Hon-komagome Station. Going right after ticket gate I took elevator to street level then exited right, then right again and walked about five minutes up...

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