Hyogo Prefecture South - 兵庫県南

Akashi | Ako | Awaji Island | Himeji | Kakogawa |
Kasai | Kato | Nishiwaki | Ono | Sasayama


Akashi City - 明石市

Ebisu-Yu

Japanese Name: 恵美寿湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Akashi
Address: 
兵庫県明石市貴崎412
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Price: ¥380
Holiday: Monday
Hours: 15:00-23:00

Review

Very much like the water at Arima onsen, but without the price or all of the crowds Ebisu-yu's spring is a well known local secret. The mineral rich water feels like raw clay. Heated it feels thicker, the warm ambient well temperature bath is near body temperature and is great for cooling off in. The normal baths always feel nice and hot too. Doing a cycle of heating up and cooling down in the warm spring water bath is recommended would totally relax anybody. The design of the baths is fun and a little unique. The deep and shallow areas offer many sitting places. Outside the warm bath has a more Japanese design with a spout, while next to it is the heated spring water bath fed by a wide waterfall which has a brown 1970's feel to it. The outdoor area is more of an enclosed patio area with a glass roof then actually being outside. There are openings in the roof that are open or closed depending on the weather. That roof itself is a highlight. I love the colored glass tiles. It's not that big, nor do I think it's that special, but I really like it. It's got a Midwest grandparents house feel to it. Coming during the daylight hours makes this bath much more refreshing because of the colored roof. Once in the summer I came right at 3 right when they opened. There were a handful of customers. It was so nice and refreshing to go there then. Once on a Sunday, which is also free for children kindergarten age and under, It was packed. I really couldn't enjoy myself at all. This is a very small sento and it is very popular in the area and on those busy days it might be best to go somewhere else. Something must be said about the  wonderful staff who always seem very nice and friendly. It's a little local secret type of place in a cute, eclectic little neighborhood of subsidized housing, factories, and private homes. I love the funky little station that services this sento. Hayashisaki-Matsuekaigan is one of the longest station names ever. If the name is hard to remember for you Hayashisaki-Matsuekaigan is the second stop after Akashi on a local train heading towards Himeji on the Sanyo line. Only local trains stop there.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: 湧昇の湯
Type: Calcium and sodium chloride spring with iron - 含鉄カルシウム・ナトリウム塩化物泉
pH: 6
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 27.8
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性

Sakura-cho Onsen

Japanese Name: 桜町温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Akashi
Address: 
兵庫県明石市相生町2-2-26
Type: Sento
Price: ¥340
Holiday: Saturday
Hours: 15:00-24:00

Review

This is a small little bathhouse a few minutes from Akashi station. There's a tile mural along the back wall and a super old changing room that's worth checking out for sento fans. Great retro feel, but not much in terms of baths.

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Tatsu no Yu

Japanese Name: 龍の湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Akashi
Address: 
兵庫県明石市大蔵海岸通1-2-2
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.tatsunoyu1268.com/
Price: ¥550
Holiday: Third Thursday
Hours: 9:00-26:00 (7:00-26:00)

Review

Great water hosted in beat up facilities and used by the Japanese version of the trash from the Jersey Shore thanks to beaches that surround it. Tatsu no Yu is not the best anything. It's been used--heavily. Many people come here after a day of swimming to wash off before returning home. On a hot summer day, this place is packed in the evening with all the beach goers.

It's packed for a good reason however, the water here is great. The view is one of Kansai's best: A very close unobstructed view of the Akashi Bridge.

If you can go on a weekday evening on a non-beach day, I totally recommend enjoying the water and view from Tatsu no Yu. During the summer beach season, I would recommend staying away.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Iron sodium calcium magnesium chloride spring - 含鉄(II-ナトリウム・カルシウム・マグネシウム-塩化物泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?


Ako City - 赤穂市

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Ginpaso

Japanese Name: 銀波荘
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Ako
Address: 
兵庫県赤穂市御崎2-8
Type: Onsen Ryokan
Webpage: http://www.ginpaso.co.jp/
Price: ¥1,700
Holiday: None
Hours: 11:00-20:00

Review

Amazingly beautiful modern baths with excelent views of the Seto Inland Sea. Enjoy the strangely translated English in the baths. Quality spring water too. You can use the baths only during the times listed above, otherwise you need to book a room or a lunch day use plan.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Radioactive sodium and calcium chloride strong salt spring - 含弱放射能-カルシウム・ナトリウム、塩化物強塩低温泉
pH: ?
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: ?
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性

Kampo no Yado - Ako

Japanese Name: かんぽの宿
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Ako
Address: 
兵庫県赤穂市御崎883-1
Type: Ryokan
Webpage: http://www.kanponoyado.japanpost.jp/yado/akou/
Price: ¥800
Holiday: None
Hours: 11:00-14:30 / 15:00-21:00

Review

Kanpo no Yado is a chain of resorts run by the Japan Post. This is a hot spring resort hotel ryokan. The baths were fine and the small, but very refreshing rotenburo had a great view of the sea.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Ako Misaki Onsen - 赤穂御崎温泉
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring with weak radioactivity - 含弱放射能-ナトリウム・カルシウム-塩化物泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?


Awaji Island - 淡路島

Matsuho no Sato

Japanese Name: 松帆の郷
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Awaji
Address: 
兵庫県淡路市岩屋357077
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.matsuho.com/
Price: ¥700
Holiday: See calendar on website
Hours: 11:00-22:00

Review

What a great view from the rotenburo. If admiring the world’s largest suspension bridge naked, this bath is for you.

Used by locals and day trippers from the mainland this hilltop supersento has one of the best views of the Awaji Bridge and the city behind it. The large open rotenburo is built for staring at the landscape while taking a relaxing bath. The bathing facilities are varied and quite good. On par with the views.

There is a ¥100 discount coupon available on their website.

Check their website for holidays and closed days as they very.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Iwaya Matsuho Onsen - 岩屋松帆温泉
Type: Simple weak radioactive spring - 単純弱放射能泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 33.1
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?


Himeji City - 姫路市

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Mori no Yu

Japanese Name: 森の湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Himeji
Address: 
兵庫県姫路市南駅前町25
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.morinoyu.com/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: The 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of the month
Hours: 13:00-24:00 (Sunday 9:00-24:00)

Review

A seemingly popular local sento a stone’s through from JR Himeji station, Mori-no-Yu left me happy and refreshed. Not too large but quite well built, the baths all were lined with the same blue, 500 yen coin sized tiles. This very health themed sento had many posters showing bathing courses, bath tub exercises, and notices about health related things posted on the walls. I loved the extra hot 43.5 degree bath that complemented wide and shallow cold water bath. They also had a knee height bath that was filled with smooth white stones for massaging the bottom of your feet. Amazingly refreshing, but quite painful. I know a good sento if I leave it feeling taller, my back straighter, and ready for the next week of work, and that’s how I felt leaving Mori-no-Yu.


Kakogawa City - 加古川市

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Akane no Yu

Japanese Name: あかねの湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kakogawa
Address: 
兵庫県加古川市尾上町池田635-48
Type: Supersento
Price: ¥650
Holiday: ?
Hours: 9:00~24:00

Review

It's odd to find a supersento without a homepage, but Akane no Yu is just one. I stumbled on this one thanks to a Google Maps search and randomly attending a badminton tournament at a nearby junior high school. Akane is a well built, large bathing complex and very much in place in the city of Kakogawa.

One thing to realize is that this is not a real onsen. There is no well. Anything called "onsen" is made by adding minerals and chemicals to the water just like you might do at home. That aside, the water here was not bad at all. I really enjoyed the amount of carbonated or microbubble baths. Perhaps the best selection around of bubbly baths.

The baths were in a compact, but well laid out area. Good tile work and stone around the baths. The washing area showed a little wear, but nothing to complain about. There were also many showers here.

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Chiyo no Yu

Japanese Name: 千代の湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kakogawa
Address: 
兵庫県加古川市加古川町溝之口120-
Type: Sento
Price: ¥340
Holiday: None
Hours: 7:00-24:00

Review

This friendly sento is a decent, but not too far walk from Kagokawa station. Apparently popular with families, I found everyone here to be quite happy. The rock filled foot bath is great after a long day of work or walking. It's something I have not encountered anywhere in eastern Hyogo or Osaka. The only other one I have seen a foot bath like this is in Himeji to the west. The food counter in the lobby looked good, but I didn't try it. My only complaint about this sento was how small the changing room is.

Mitoro-So

Japanese Name: みとろ荘
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kakogawa
Address: 
兵庫県加古川市上荘町井ノ口520
Type: Day Onsen
Webpage: http://www.mitoro.co.jp/mitoroso.htm
Price: ¥500
Holiday: Second Wednesday (Jan, Aug, Dec Excluded)
Hours: 10:00-22:00

Review

Interesting location with some unique baths filled by a surprisingly good spring that is underutilized in my opinion. This is one of the rare carbon dioxide springs like Yokatan not too far from this location. I did really like the rural, slow and relaxed feel of the place. One of the baths was made in a poured concrete way that reminded me of hot springs in the USA where things are being done by quasi-professionals who build stuff but haven't really built any baths or pools before. There were a few things that make it hard to recommend this place, basically said needs a good clean up and repair. Access via a nice walk from Yakujin Station on the Kakogawa Line.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: 
Type: Calcium, Sodium Cloride-Carbonated Spring with Carbon Dixoide 含二酸化炭素-カルシウム・ナトリウム-塩化物・炭酸水素泉
pH:
Type: 
Well Temperature: 
Type: 
Osmotic Pressure: 

PukuPuku no Yu

Japanese Name: ぷくぷくの湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kakogawa
Address: 
兵庫県加古川市加古川町南備後字松葉315-1
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.pukupukunoyu.com/
Price: ¥500
Holiday: The 3rd Thursday of even numbered months.
Hours: 9:00-24:00 (Weekends Holidays 7:00-24:00)

Review

I came out of PukuPuku confused--architecturally confused. Just what style was this place going for. There was retro sento tile work, wooden Princess Mononoke-esque Japanese nature stuff and some clean and stoic stone work all mashed up together.

The changing room wasn't properly designed for the amount of water and humidity that it has been exposed to. Some of the flooring and wall papering had begun to peel under the abuse. In the baths and saunas it seems consumer products were used instead of proper commercial use fans and instruments.

The real kicker was that the entrance and changing room for the women's bath is on the 3rd floor with the restaurant and relaxation rooms. All of the baths are on the 2nd. While not uncommon, it seemed like that could have been avoided in the design phase. These factors combined led me to believe this was a first time supersento for the architect.

The place itself isn’t bad, it just confused me the entire time I was there. Everything else was quite fine. The materials used in the baths was all very good, if not eclectic. The types of baths were varied, including a wonderful extra hot bath. (Men's side only?)

The three saunas were a surprise. This is a great find for sauna fans and recommended for that reason alone. Outside the hot spring baths were ascetically pleasing had some live plants placed around them. The tub baths were filled with either hot spring or well water. The signs were hard to understand. Either way, they were a great place to cool off a bit after the extra hot bath or the springs.

Not much of a reason to go here unless you live near by and you have a car. Getting to PukuPuku by foot takes a good 10-15 minutes from the JR station.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Kakogawa Natural Hot Spring - 加古川天然温泉
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring - ナトリウム・カルシウム塩化物
pH: 7
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 25.3
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: ?


Kasai City - 加西市

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Nehime no Yu *CLOSED*

Japanese Name: 根日女の湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kasai
Address: 
兵庫県加西市都染町字松尾957番地
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://homepage2.nifty.com/nehimenoyu/
Price: ¥600
Holiday: 3rd Monday
Hours: 8:00-22:00

Review

*CLOSED* Up far in the middle of just about nowhere, Nehime no Yu is a very rural supersento. There is a beautiful garden in the outdoor area to look at and because of it's remoteness there's enough darkness for some sky viewing. It’s the best one can expect gets in light pollution heavy Kansai.

My wife still talks about coming here despite the distance. There aren’t many baths, but you come for decent hot spring water and great rural views. It has been in operation since 2001 and the wear and tear of the locals shows. There is some rust where there should not be any. The garden is not as grand as it was that first day. The hot spring is fine, but I cannot praise it any more than that.

I still really enjoyed my trips to Nehime. There is something about the location. Getting there as the is going down and driving back at night makes for a great evening.

This is a car only place as it’s a 15min drive from the nearest stations. If you've got the chance don't pass Nehime up.

On my visit in the summer of 2012 I also noticed that tattoos are allowed at Nehime. Rare for a place like this.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Kasai Natural Onsen Nehime no Yu - 加西天然温泉 根日女の湯
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring - ナトリウム・カルシウム塩化物
pH: 7.56
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 32.2
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic - 等張性


Kato City - 加東市

Pokapo

Japanese Name: ぽかぽ
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kato
Address: 
兵庫県加東市下滝野1283
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.pokapo.jp/
Price: ¥600
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 10:00-21:00

Review

Another rural supersento. This one is not too small, and has a really fun selection of baths. There's even a great cave style bath that was really fun to go in. One of the saunas is built on a fake boat in a fake river. Both of the bathing areas mimic mountain streams and is one of the best designed and decorated places in the area. The two sides, named river (川の湯) and mountain (山の湯), change so you'll have to go twice to try everything. There is some seriously fun stuff here.

Sadly, Pokapo is a car only place, but worth enjoying if you can get out here. I listed a station for Pokapo, but you’ll have to really hike it up a hill or get a taxi to get to the baths. Also, be aware that these rural supersento close early so plan accordingly.

My family and I returned to Pokapo in the fall of 2011 and I can't recommend this place more. My wife loved it. The baby had fun. I love how unique baths are here. It would be a great place to take a friend visiting from another country. I'll bet some Japanese would also be surprised by the baths here. The water is great and feels like real onsen water, which it is. The food isn't too bad either.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Tatsuno Onsen - 竜野温泉
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring - ナトリウム・カルシウム塩化物
pH: 7.29
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 33.6
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性


Nishiwaki City - 西脇市

Now Reopened as Kanbe no Yu 官兵衛の湯
According to Reader "MA" the facilities are now properly maintained and are much better. I always liked the design of this super-sento, I just never thought it was properly managed. Good news for those of you in the bellybutton of Japan! 
And a big thanks to "MA" for the update!
http://kanbe-no-yu.jp/

~~ Former review below ~~

Heso-no-Yu

Japanese Name: へその湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Nishiwaki
Address: 
兵庫県西脇市鹿野町255
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.hesonoyu.com/
Price: ¥500
Holiday: None
Hours: 12:00-23:00

Review

Warning: Last time I went here the tubs were dirty and there was moss growing in the outdoor baths. I have never seen such a poorly maintained supersento. Bathe at your own risk.

Heso no Yu has one natural well bath plus two onsen meguri baths give you 3 different bathing experiences in one place. Onsen meguri could be translated as "hot spring tour," which is where the baths are filled with normal water that is made to feel like that of various famous onsen from around Japan. I assume it is done by adding some something to the bath water, but truthfully, I do not know. The water could be tanked in as some places do. This is very common for places that do not have access to a good hot spring at their site. I'm going to ignore the onsen meguri for the point of this review, those two baths were fine and very refreshing but they change every month. The large outdoor bath was filled with what is billed as natural spring water, but I did not see a sign anywhere with the report on the water's mineral content, pH, well temperature or anything like that. While the water was fine, not telling me exactly what's in the water seems shady. I have one magazine that says this place does not have a natural hot spring well (天然温泉じゃないけど...). I should have, but I didn't ask the lady at the counter if it was or not. Natural spring or not it had that great hard, tight feeling on the skin.

I was in the wood side (木の湯) which I found to be very well built. The wood used to line the baths and decorate was clean and beautiful. It had the rural supersento atmosphere, but it didn't suffer from poor construction that some places do. The bottom of the baths were lined with large stones set with thick grout that felt great to sit on and the walkways were tiled with smooth pea sized pebbles that massaged my feet as I walked. I really liked the layout and over all design of the baths. The saunas had a concept behind them, but failed to truly realize their potential. The normal sauna lacked a TV, something that I like, and in it's place it had a large picture window. Sadly, this window looked out onto a wall. There was ample place between the window and wall to put a garden or something to look at, but all that was there was a small stone pagoda that sat uneven on top of some gravel and an extension cord. The salt sauna had a window looking out at the rotenburo, but it was too cramped with only 4 chairs seemingly pulled from the restaurant next door to sit on. A stone bench would have been much more welcoming.

I really enjoyed the construction of the bathing areas. Thick wood beams supporting the roof, and Japanese style plaster covering the walls. Everything looked well built, with the exception of the saunas. The garden, was stark due to the lack of leaves on the trees, but come spring I could imagine it being quite beautiful and I want to come back in the spring or summer to see.

The locals there seemed very happy. The children in the bath were having fun, but well mannered. The area Heso no Yu is located is somewhat troubling, however. It's in a very industrial part of town with some worse for wear roads leading to it. I crossed a very old looking single track bridge in my car to get there which was mildly unnerving.

There are not many trains heading to Nishiwaki so be careful and make sure you know what time you have to leave if you come by public transportation.


Ono City - 小野市

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Yupika

Japanese Name: ゆぴか
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Ono
Address: 
兵庫県小野市黍田町1000番地-1
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.yupika.com
Price: ¥600
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-10:00

Review

This rural supersento always seems bustling with children, grandparents and just about everyone in between. Surprisingly modern in its construction Yupika felt more like a gallery than a bathhouse. The emphasis on stained wood in the construction helped tie the building to the nature that surrounds it. The beautiful dome that covers the main Mori no Yu bath is a highpoint.

On the Mori no Yu side a large, not so hot, crescent shaped bath makes up most of the outdoor facilities. I liked the central whirlpool bath the best. Due to the chorine smell, the kids, and the cold outside temperatures I felt like I was back in the states. Perhaps at a Travelodge or some other roadside hotel in rural Colorado. After getting out of the bath I really wanted to drink a cup of burnt coffee and read the USA Today. Places that let me daydream like that get a good recommendation.

On the downside the saunas are rather small, as was the gensen bath which could fit about 4 people max.

I’ve been here a few times with the family and both my wife and child enjoy Yupika as much as I do.

The restaurant has microbrew on tap and in bottles.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Hokuuntani Onsen - 白雲谷温泉
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring - ナトリウム・カルシウム塩化物
pH: 7.14
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 26
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性


Sasayama City - 篠山市

Nukumori no Sato

Japanese Name: ぬくもりの郷
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Sasayama
Address: 
兵庫県篠山市今田町今田新田21番地10
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://yume-konda.com/index.html
Price: ¥700
Holiday: 2nd Tuesday
Hours: 10:00-22:00

Review

A wonderful bathing experience, although one that you might have challenge getting to without a car. I love coming here whenever I can. There is a great range of temperatures in the baths. You can heat up and cool down in steps. The free charcoal shampoo and body soap is a bonus. The major point of this large bathing complex is the huge outdoor area that covers the slope of the hill leading up to the buildings. In the water there are many large rocks you can lean against or lie on. Due to it's size and distance from any neighbors it really feels like you are outside in nature rather than in a fenced off area.

Overall a great bathing experience and one that makes a great finish after visiting this great little corner of Hyogo. Other nearby attractions include Dono, a wonderful pizza restaurant, and the local pottery museum. It is worth noting that they have a free foot bath during the summer months, a small local vegetable shop, tofu made on the premises and a great gelato shop in the complex. The more casual cafeteria like restaurant has microbrew beer and wonderful home cooking.

Discounts are available for various group and memberships including JAF. Go straight to the bath check in desk to pay if you want to use them.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Konda Yakushi Onsen - こんだ薬師温泉
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring with weak radioactivity - 含弱放射能-ナトリウム・カルシウム-塩化物泉
pH: 8.44
Type: Alkaline -
アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 34.1
Type: Hot spring -
温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Sasayama-sou

Japanese Name: ささやま荘
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Sasayama
Address: 
兵庫県篠山市河原町474
Type: Ryokan
Webpage: http://www.sasayamaso.com/thermae.htm
Price: ¥600
Holiday: UNK
Hours: 11:00-22:00

Review

Sasayama-sou is a small hotel restaurant and conference center in a park a short distance from the center of Sasayama. The small bath here is quite pleasant and while not really one to go out of your way for it's definitely an option if you find yourself in the area.

The small rotenburo has a great garden view combined with the greenery of the garden peaking over the fence is some great scenery.

The spring water is actually brought in from Konda-cho where Nukumori-no-sato is located and not from a well on site.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Ochiyama Makekirai no Yu - 王地山まけきらいの湯
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring with weak radioactivity - 含弱放射能-ナトリウム・カルシウム-塩化物泉
pH: 8.32
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 31.4
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: ?