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Aichi Prefecture - 愛知県

Gamagori City - 蒲郡市

Hotel Takeshima

Japanese Name: ホテル竹島
Prefecture: Aichi
City: Gamagori
Address: 
愛知県蒲郡市竹島町1―6
Type: Onsen Ryokan
Webpage: http://www.hotel-takeshima.co.jp/01_kannai/01bath.html
Price: ¥1300
Holiday: NA
Hours: 12:00-20:00

Review

At least a 10 minute walk from Gamagori Station (JR or Meitetsu) gets you to Hotel Takeshima, the closest hot spring ryokan to the station. Day use is ¥1300 but if you get the coupon from the tourist information office in the station it is 30% off (¥910). Even with the discount I felt it was a bit overpriced for this aging ryokan but you do get a free soft drink included. I did not realize until writing this review that there are two springs in use. Two springs that they gave two different names to for the mens and womens baths. Same water, different names. OK, whatever. Basically the indoor spring is a normal temperature alkaline spring and the rotenburo has a warm radon spring. I kind of noticed a difference in temperature and feel but neither of the springs stood out as outstanding, just good. Things like the off-putting service by the front desk gave me a bad experience at the start but the sweet grandmothers working the baths made up for it. It is definitely a mixed review here. There were many things in and around the baths that were just not up to the standard of a ryokan like that: for example the cover for the outdoor bath were left out haphazardly in plain view and big chips missing in some of the fountains. The view was even so-so. I can definitely say that you should get that coupon. Paying full price is a big high for this even if you include the soft drink.

Hot Spring Data

 

Well Name: 
#1 Mens: Kirara no Yu - きららの湯 / Womens: Urara no Yu - うららの湯
#2 Mens: Yaotomi no Yu - 八百富の湯 / Womens: Benten no Yu - 弁天の湯
Type:
#1 Simple Radon Spring -
単純弱放射能温泉
#2 Simple Alkaline Spring - アルカリ性単純温泉
pH: ?
Type: 

#1 Simple Radon Spring - 単純弱放射能温泉
#2 Simple Alkaline Spring - アルカリ性単純温泉
Well Temperature: 
#1 25.7

#2 27.1
Type: 
#1 ?

#2 Warm spring - 低温泉
Osmotic Pressure:
#1 ?

#2 Low - 低張性

Toyohashi City - 豊橋市

Ninjin-yu

Japanese Name: 人参湯
Prefecture: Aichi
City: Toyohashi
Address: 
愛知県豊橋市神明町47
Type: Sento
Webpage:

http://aichi1010.sakura.ne.jp/toyohasi/ninjinyu.html
Price: ¥420
Holiday: Wednesday / 
Second & Fourth Thursday
Hours: 14:00-24:00

Review

Ninjin-yu is the only sento in Toyohashi. It is a great one too. Lots of different baths. A great herb bath and a steam bath that was great. A perfect sento experience. It reminded me more of the sento that I have been to up in Matsumoto, Nagano more than anything in Kansai. It is walkable from the JR/Meitetsu/Toyotetsu Toyohashi station, but you might want to take the streetcar to Shinkawa and walk from there. Highly recommended.


Gifu Prefecture - 岐阜県

Gifu City - 岐阜市

Dai-ichi Yokujyo Honten

Japanese Name: 第一浴場 本店
Prefecture: Gifu
City: Gifu
Address: 
岐阜県岐阜市長住町3丁目14
Type: Sento
Price: ¥400
Holiday: Tuesday / Thursday
Hours: 15:00-19:30

Review

A very basic sento hidden in a shopping street between Gifu's two main train stations. Don't let the entrance fool you, the sento inside is quite beautiful. Or, better said, it could be beautiful. This sento must have been quite beautiful in the 70's and 80's. The changing room and bathing area is separated by a small garden and fountain windowed off to keep out Gifu's cold winter weather.

A sign on the door blamed the rise in energy costs for the short hours and asked everyone to use the showers sparingly.

Fuji no Yu

Japanese Name: ふじの湯
Prefecture: Gifu
City: Gifu
Address: 
岐阜県岐阜市正木1235
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://gifu-fujinoyu.jp/
Price: ¥500
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00

Review

A basic supersento in the northern suburbs of Gifu city. Far from any station this is a car only place. A bus to the area may exist but I’m not sure.

Sauna and Capsule Hotel Gant

Japanese Name: サウナ&カプセルホテルガント
Prefecture: Gifu
City: Gifu
Address: 
岐阜県岐阜市金園町1丁目3
Type: Capsule Hotel
Webpage: http://www.sauna-gant.com/
Price: ¥1800
Holiday: None
Hours: 24hrs

Review

A capsule hotel an 8 minute walk from the Metetsu Gifu station. A simple sauna / capsule hotel setup. Free wireless internet. The capsules seemed to be just placed in a large room and not built into the room as some hotels feel.

Kakamigahara City - 各務原市

Hewayu

Japanese Name: 平和湯
Prefecture: Gifu
City: Kakamigahara
Address: 
岐阜県各務原市那加雄飛ヶ丘町28-2
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.heiwayu.com/
Price: ¥420
Holiday: Jan 1
Hours: 13:00-23:00

Review

I love finding these sento outside of Kansai where everything is similar but also a bit different. That is what Heiwa-yu in Kakamigahara was like. Almost the same layout as any other sento of the same size in Kansai, but just a bit different. The smoked plastic locker doors being the first big difference. This is a local sento with a good local following. Judging by their website they are very proud of the herbs they use in the rotenburo. Sadly, while I was there they had “energy drink” bath additive. It was like bathing in Lipovitan. Not a fan. The other baths and the super hot sauna with the Enka going over the speaker was awesome. I kind of wanted to start up a conversation with some of the locals but that did not happen. Good place if you ever happen to be in Kakamigahara.


Mie Prefecture - 三重県

Matsusaka City - 松阪市

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Hyotan-Yu

Japanese Name: ひょうたん湯
Prefecture: Mie
City: Matsusaka
Address: 
三重県松阪市中町1925−2
Type: Sento
Price: ¥380
Holiday: Friday
Hours: 15:00-23:00

Review

Hyotan-Yu is a very basic but welcoming and cozy little sento about 7 ~ 10 minutes from Matsusaka station. It is the easiest to access sento near the station according to my searching and the tourist information staff. The baths and building was well maintained and clean. What really stood out here was the kind man working the bandai and the customers who all took an interest in me and were very pleasant. We had a little chat about where I should eat dinner and I ended very happy with their recommendation.

Good place to go if you are staying in any of the business hotels near the station or on a stop over between trains.


Nagano Prefecture - 長野県

Azumino City - 安曇野市

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Yama no Takohei

Japanese Name: 山のたこ平
Prefecture: Nagano
City: Azumino
Address: 
長野県安曇野市 穂高有明8969-2
Type: Onsen Ryokan
Webpage: http://yamanotakohei.com/
Price: ¥500
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-21:00

Review

Onsen Ryokan that allows day use. Seems to be marketed towards the winter ski croud. Super large indoor bath in a giant room plus a small outdoor bath. Decent water, but not much selection of baths makes it a bit overpriced.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: ?
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Kita-Aszumi District - 北安曇郡

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Suzumushi no So

Japanese Name: すずむしの荘
Prefecture: Nagano
City: Kita-Asumi
Address: 
長野県北安曇郡松川村西原3363−1082
Type: Onsen
Webpage: http://suzumushi.jp/suzumushiso/
Price: ¥500
Holiday: Thursday
Hours: 10:00-21:00

Review

Small local onsen ryokan with a nice bath that caters to many day use coustmers. Great hot spring water fed into a large stone rotenburo and a long crecent shaped indoor bath. The cold water bath is also from a cold well and felt just as lovely as the hot spring water.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Simple weak radioactive spring - 単純弱放射能泉
pH: 8.1
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 30.5
Type: warm spring -
低温泉
Osmotic Pressure: low - 低張性

Matsumoto City - 松本市

Kiku no Yu

Japanese Name: 菊の湯
Prefecture: Nagano
City: Matsumoto
Address: 
長野県松本市中央3丁目830
Type: sento
Webpage: http://youkoso.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/onsen/?p=54
Price: ¥360
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 14:00-22:20

Review

Larger sento off the main road leading from Matsumoto Station. The baths are filled with Matsumoto's amazing natural mineral water.

Kodama

Japanese Name: こだま
Prefecture: Nagano
City: Matsumoto
Address: 
長野県松本市安曇乗鞍高原4240−2
Type: Ryokan
Webpage: http://www.ekodama.com/
Price: ¥Varies
Holiday: None
Hours: ?

Review

Great little ryokan high, high up in the Kamikochi area mountains. Great food. Amazing opaque white water baths. The rotenburo can be reserved for a family or a couple.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: ?
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Obu

Japanese Name: おぶー
Prefecture: Nagano
City: Matsumoto
Address: 
松本市石芝3-9-44
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.orchard.co.jp/obu/
Price: ¥700
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-24:00

Review

A supersento pretty far out there from the station, but a doable walk. Best selection of electric baths that I have ever seen. Clean and very stylish and moden looking. Supersento in the region need to compete with some of the best hotsprings in Japan. Obu doesn't have a hot spring, but it does pull it's water from a normal cold spring it seemed. They encourage you to take it home to drink even. Nice place if you have a chance to go.

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Shioi no Yu

Japanese Name: 塩井乃湯
Prefecture: Nagano
City: Matsumoto
Address: 
長野県松本市大手3
Type: sento
Webpage: http://www.mcci.or.jp/www/sioinoyu/
Price: ¥360
Holiday: Monday
Hours: 15:00-23:00

Review

Amazing little sento with tubs filled with Matsumoto's high quality mineral water. Somewhat close to Matsumoto Castle and the downtown area. Highly recommended.

Suwa City - 諏訪市

Highway Onsen Suwako

Japanese Name: ハイウェイ温泉諏訪湖
Prefecture: Nagano
City: Suwa
Address: 
長野県諏訪市豊田所久保3118
Type: sento (with hot spring)
Webpage: http://sapa.c-nexco.co.jp/sapa?sapainfoid=120
Price: ¥595
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-21:00

Review

This a natual hot spring only accessable by cars driving south from Tokyo towards Nagoya on the highway. Decent water in a smallish and well used bathing area. Nice views of Lake Suwa. A must try if just for the uniqueness of it all.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Ayame Koengensen - あやめ公園源泉
Type: Sodium-Sulfur Chlorine Spring ナトリウム-硫酸塩・塩物泉
pH: 8.56
Type: Alkaline -
アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 93.5
Type: extra hot spring -
高温泉
Osmotic Pressure: low - 低張性