Hyogo Prefecture North - 兵庫県北

Asago | Kinosaki Onsen | Toyaooka


Asago City - 朝来市

Oka no Yu

Japanese Name: 奥香の湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Asago
Address: 
兵庫県朝来市和田山町玉置1087-1
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.oukanoyu.jp/
Price: ¥600
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-22:30 (Weekends Holidays 10:00-23:00)

Review

Many supersento don’t use their ample space efficiently. Many supersento say they have a natural hot spring, and while they aren’t lying, but the quality of the spring is no better than tap water. Oka no Yu in rural Asago City is the shining example of what a rural supersento should be.

The water is very alkaline and feels smooth to the touch. The incredible feel of this water is instantly noticeable. If you gently run your and along your body it is smooth but if you put a bit of pressure your hand stops as if you had a gecko's toes. Almost every bath takes advantage of the spring, even the wash basins. There’s a sign on the wall warning people with weak skin to use the normal tap water showers rather than the basins. Although if you have weak skin there are not many options for you other than the saunas and cold water bath.

Indoors the baths have a basic supersento feel. All the materials are of good quality. It’s the rotenburo area that really shines. It’s pretty small, but there are many baths to explore. The tub baths are located in a shallow foot bath area. Each of the tubs are made of beautiful pottery and overflow into the foot baths. The feeling of stepping out of the warm foot bath into the hot tub is absolutely wonderful. There are three tubs to choose from and all are big. One could fit 3 people or let a single adult male stretch out.

The communal bath has a upper and lower part. The temperature felt the same however. The lower one is shallower and has better view of the TV. The upper one has a more secluded feel. The rocks used to make this bath, especially the large stone used as a stair inside the bath, are all beautiful and well chosen.

Outside there is also a great steam sauna. It was so steamy in there I could barely see my hand in front of my face.

Oku no Yu has two bad points. The website is all done in flash and thanks to a popup blocker won’t open in Chrome. I had to open it in Safari. Second, it’s really rural and they are not use to seeing many foreigners there. At least I had that impression as the staff tried to speak English to me and seemed to treat me with a bit of extra care. The parking lot attendant was quite funny though and I enjoyed chatting with him for a few seconds when I entered and left.

They seem to be very, very worried about people taking photos in the building as there were many new looking signs about it. Be extra careful about using your phone.

If you plan on walking from Wadayama Station as I did, make sure to give yourself ample time, at least 20 minutes or more. The walk is pleasant and offers many great views of the trains coming and leaving the station, but if you are trying to make the next train you might have to rush it as I had to.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Oka no Yu - 奥香の湯
Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 35
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?


Kinosaki Onsen | 城崎温泉

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Ko no Yu

Japanese Name: 鴻の湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kinosaki
Address: 
兵庫県豊岡市城崎町湯島610
Type: Sotoyu
Webpage: http://www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp/
Price: ¥600
Holiday: Tuesday
Hours: 7:00-23:00

Review

One of the many day use onsen in Kinosaki. I chose this one because the tourist information said it had the best rotenburo. The wide shallow bath is pushed up against the forested hillside. The abundant plants and greenery also help make this a very beautiful bath.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Kinosaki Onsen - 城崎温泉
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring - ナトリウム・カルシウム塩化物
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?


Toyooka City - 豊岡市

Kyogoku-yu

Japanese Name: 京極湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Toyooka
Address: 
兵庫県豊岡市中央町11-16
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥440
Holiday: Sunday
Hours: 16:00-20:30

Review

The only sento in the area and one that is still barely around. This is a piece of living history that should be experienced. Located in the middle of Toyooka city, locals can travel just down the street to Kinosaki Onsen or one of the many other day onsen / supersento type places with natural springs in the vicinity. The bathing area has a simple kakari-yu basin, a single shower and one large bath. The washing areas only have spigots—no showers. This is a classic ofuroya. The entire building has seen many years of use and it’s extra beautiful for it. There are a few missing tiles in the bath and the wooden floor of the chaining room creaks and moans when you walk across it. Kyogoku-yu is like a beautiful old temple far in the mountains. Please take the time to go here before it closes.

 

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Tanjyo no Yu

Japanese Name: 誕生の湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Toyooka
Address: 
兵庫県豊岡市竹野町竹野50-12
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.kitamaekan.net/main/onsen/index.html
Price: ¥600
Holiday: Thursday (September~June Only)
Hours: 10:00-21:00 or 22:00 depending on season.

Review

Supersento / day onsen located right near the Takeno beach. Great after a day at the beach. The water is good quality. Great views of the beach and ocean. During the summer beach season expect it to be busy. I went here after hiking to the most northern part of Hyogo and then taking a swim in the ocean. It was perfect.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride warm spring - ナトリウム・カルシウム塩化物低温泉
pH: ?
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 31.4
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性