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Chuo Ward - 中央区

Aioi-Yu

Japanese Name: 相生湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Chuo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市中央区再度筋町7-2
Type: Sento
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Second and Fourth Saturday
Hours: 15:00-23:30

Review

I went here a long time ago. I wanted to go to Minatoyama Onsen, but it was closed. Remembering that I had seen this sento from the No. 7 bus on the way, I walked back to it. Aioi-Yu is small. Very small. That didn't bother me, however. Although there wasn't much as far as baths, the character of the place made up for it. After getting out, I chatted with the grandfatherly owner as I drank one of the retro bottled sodas that sento only seem to sell.

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Asahi-yu

Japanese Name: 朝日湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Chuo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市中央区旗塚通3-3-14
Type: Sento
Price: ¥420
Holiday: Friday
Hours: 14:00-23:30

Review

Asahiyu is up the hill from Hankyu Kasuganomichi. Small sento with a broken steam bath and very week jets. The cold water and nomral baths are ok, but I don't see this one staying around much longer.

Daikuro-yu

Japanese Name: 大黒湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe-Hyogo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市兵庫区石井町6丁目4-1
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://hyougo1010.blog.jp/archives/16244230.html
Price: ¥420
Holiday: Saturday
Hours: 14:00-23:30

Review

Simple, small sento but immaculately clean. I really liked the exterior of the building with the neon sign. Look up for the figure of Ebisu.

Kobe Kua House

Japanese Name: 神戸クアハウス
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Chuo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市中央区二宮町3丁目1015
Type: Capsule Hotel - Day Bath
Webpage: http://www.kobe-kua-house.com/
Price: ¥920
Holiday: None
Hours: 24hr

Review

In the states you can still find diners from the 50’s and 60’s with the cool retro architecture and feel, in Japan you can find places like Kobe Kua House. The facade on the 8 story tall building is worth the short walk from Sannomiya alone.

In front of Kua House there are coin operated taps and vending machines that sell the great tasting “Kobe Water” that they bottle there on the spot and fill some of the baths with. According to their webpage Kua House had Japans first cold water bath. In the hot days of summer, that cold spring water bath is as refreshing as swimming in a mountain stream.

Besides the cold Kobe Water well, Kua House has 2 other hot springs. A sodium bicarbonate well (重曹泉) and a boric acid well (硼酸). Both are unique and you can easily tell the difference between the three natural springs that Kua House has access too. Because of this unique situation, Kua House is a good chance to explore how different spring waters can feel.

There's a unique bathing manner here also. The tub baths have wooden boards on top of them for resting your arms on. It says you sold sit in the bath, with your arms out of the water for some sort of therapeutic effect. It seems however that the wooden boards have been taken away since the last time I went here in the summer of 2012.

As mentioned about above, Kua House is a retro thanks to age. Thankfully the entire building has been remodeled recently and some of the wear and tear of years of use has been removed. A rooftop rotenburo has also been built. The hallways and directions from the front desk to the changing room to the capsule hotel to the baths are a bit confusing. There is no straight line and not much in terms of signs in Japanese let alone English. Getting lost naked and wet from the bath in the building might not be the best experience. It really is not that bad, but just a bit confusing at times.

Kua House is a large complex much like Amayu House. There are capsule rooms, rest rooms, restaurants and banquet halls for guests. It is a very interesting building to explore for guests from abroad.

Sadly the nearly 1,000 fee for just taking a bath makes Kua House an expensive choice when other nearby bath houses are half the price. Still, I  always enjoy my time here. Coupons are available on occasion in newspapers and perhaps other sources. I get them from a friend who finds them in the (Japanese) Yomiyuri. The normal ¥920 entrance fee is lowered to ¥500.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Kobe Kua House - 神戸クアハウス
Type: 
Sodium bicarbonate spring -
重曹泉
Boric acid spring - 硼酸泉

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

Kobe Sauna & Spa

Japanese Name: 神戸サウナ&スパ
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Chuo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市中央区下山手通2丁目2-10
Type: Capsule Hotel - Day Bath
Webpage: http://www.kobe-sauna.co.jp/
Price: ¥1500
Holiday: None
Hours: 24hr

Review

Kobe's centrally located capsule hotel and overnight sauna. There’s a wide selection of saunas and an outdoor terrace. Capsule rooms for men and women also. Kobe Sauna and Spa has a Guinness World Record for having the most nationalities in the same sauna at the same time.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Kaminoyu Onsen - 神乃湯温泉
Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉
pH: 6.2
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 27.4
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Nagisa no Yu

Japanese Name: なぎさの湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Chuo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市中央区脇浜海岸通1丁目3
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.nagisa-u.com/hot-spring/index.html
Price: ¥800
Holiday: None
Hours: Summer 8:00-25:00 Winter 10:00-25:00

Review

Nagisa no Yu has a brownish colored onsen that gives your skin that nice clay feeling. It is not the best example of this type of spring as Takara no Yu in Takarazuka, or Ebisu Onsen in Akashi are much better. The view and other aspects of Nagisa stand out more so than the onsen.

There are two major factors that make a trip to Nagisa worthwhile. First is the great view from the outdoor baths. The rock wall that encloses the outdoor baths has two viewing holes from which you can watch the traffic on the freeway and the harbor. The second is the saunas. On the men's side they are great. The rock sauna does a little light show before nozzles spray water down on the super heated rocks filling the room with steam. The large tower sauna just feels right, and it has some widows that look down at the adjacent park.

The building is done in a modern style. The smoking balcony that's connected to the men's changing room was well thought out. They cover the building with a light show (projected from a big digital projector mounted in the men's rotenburo area) on occasion. I've seen it twice. It looks cool from the freeway also. In the summer there is also an outdoor patio for drinks and food.

I've never had a bad time here, but there isn't much to say about the atmosphere here. It's a good supersento and quite family friendly, but it doesn't have any community feel like smaller sento do. The staff are very helpful and cheerful. My wife and seem to go here a few times a year. There is a museum, shopping center and movie theater near by along with the park that follows the harbor so there are other reasons to come here besides the baths. The park also has a free foot bath.

Inside Nagisa there is a gym also, but it requires a membership.

You have to check out the poor English on the signs throughout the building. It is some of the best, or worse, Engrish ever.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Nagisa no Yu - なぎさの湯
Type: Sodium chloride carbonated spring - ナトリウム塩化物・炭酸水素塩泉
pH: 7.2
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 35.9
Type: warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Ninomiya Onsen

Japanese Name: 二宮温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Chuo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市中央区二宮町4丁目218
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Price: ¥380
Holiday: None
Hours: 14:00-10:00 (The next day)

Review

One of the most useful onsen to know if you want to clean up before or after a night out in Sannomiya. Ninomiya Onsen is at the end of a shotengai northeast of Sannomiya station. This downtown sento is quite popular, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. The main bath is quite hot. There are some fun and rare jet baths including a spinning jet bath. There is a natural hot spring bath in the back. It’s not bad, with a metallic smell and feel to it. The sauna here is a salt one, somewhat rare for a sento of this size.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Rokko Nunobiki Onsen - 六甲布引温泉
Type: Carbonated Sodium chloride spring with iron - 含鉄-ナトリウム塩化物泉・炭酸水素泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Tsukasa-yu

Japanese Name: つかさ湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Chuo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市中央区下山手通り8-1-24
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.e-mon.co.jp/totsugeki/tsukasa/index.html
Price: ¥340
Holiday: 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Hours: 14:00-10:00

Review

Basic Yuasobihiroba group sento in a part of Kobe with not many other bathing options. I enjoyed the two floor design and general feel of this basic, yet wonderful sento. If you're in the neighborhood it's worth going too instead of traveling down to Shinkaichi or Sannomiya. Open all night!

Waritsuka Onsen

Japanese Name: 割塚温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Chuo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市中央区割塚通4-2-2
Type: Sento
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 14:00-23:00

Review

A very basic sento. This one is really just a replacement for a bath in the home. It had a good feel despite being a bit beat down. It doesn't seem to be the place where many foreigners show up in either. The best part of this sento is the main deep bath. The most basic part of any sento, Wairtsuka just gets it perfect. The bath is big and deep. It's lined with blue tile. Once you get in you can feel the weight of all that water pushing the heat deep into your muscles. A simple bath, but a very refreshing one. The tile work here is simple but very colorful tiles on the bath has an impact. At the faucets there are bright blue and red plastic buttons which were of a style I've yet to see anywhere else.


Hyogo Ward - 兵庫区

Asahi Onsen

Japanese Name: 朝日温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Hyogo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市兵庫区永沢町2丁目3番3号
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://homepage2.nifty.com/asahi-onsen/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 7:30-24:30

Review

Asahi Onsen has two of my favorite baths that go great together, the 46 degree extra hot bath and the refreshing 31 degree hot spring bath. The onsen here is much like that of Minatoyama Onsen or Nada Onsen to name a few. It has a metallic taste and feel. Cooling off in the cool spring water bath after sitting in the 46 degree hot bath is one of the reasons I am addicted to this place. I travel the extra distance to get here, and other places like it, for the experience. There is a little balcony with an open air cold water bath and a good selection baths and saunas in its third floor bath for its size. Since the changing room and entrance is on the second, you will have to climb some stairs naked.

Asahi Onsen has one downfall. It's not the most relaxing sento. Kids will play around in the water and enjoy themselves. I've had a number of funny conversations in the changing room with the other bathers here and find the atmosphere fitting.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Misen no Yu - 巳泉の湯
Type: Simple alkaline hot spring - アルカリ性単純温泉
pH: ?
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 31.1
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

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Ashihara Onsen

Japanese Name: 芦原温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Hyogo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市兵庫区湊川町2-10-11
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://www9.ocn.ne.jp/~ashihara/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: None
Hours: 14:00-10:00 (The next day)

Review

A Yuasobihiroba onsen with multiple baths and a nice, smallish rotenburo on the second floor. Great spring water in the rotenburo that has the powdery feel to it. Open all night. Good place to try despite being pretty small.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Sodium chloride carbonated spring - ナトリウム塩化物・炭酸水素塩泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Dai-Ichi Heiwa Onsen

Japanese Name: 第一平和温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Hyogo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市兵庫区下沢通8丁目218
Type: Sento
Price: ¥380
Holiday: None
Hours: 14:00-10:00 (The next day)

Review

The onsen with the impossible name. The reading of the kanji used in this the spring's name, dragon, is so rare they have furigana for it written on the sign. Dai-ichi Heiwa Onsen also has a few wonderful baths worth checking out, along with some funny design quirks. The electric bath has a perfectly placed panel that hit my back just right. The rotenburo is large and quite comfortable and it is filled with the hot spring water. Sadly, the hot spring here is not very distinct. Besides the name, The other odd thing is the long row of lay down jet baths along the back wall. There are way more of these then would ever needed. I've been there twice and rarely seen anyone use them also. On top of that, the jets are quite old and too week for my taste. While I always enjoy my time there I always get the feeling that I'm being watched more than usual. Be it from the young boys or the middle aged salarymen. My second time there I did see an old man take about twenty minutes to shave. He was sitting on the floor and not using a mirror. Japanese grandpas are pretty... unique.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Raga no Yu - 龍の湯
Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉
pH: ?
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: ?
Type: warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Minatoyama Onsen

Japanese Name: 湊山温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Hyogo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市兵庫区湊山町26-1
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://www.jin.ne.jp/m-onsen/
Price: ¥600
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 7:00-10:30

Review

There are so many things to say about this wonderful onsen tucked up into the mountains that border Kobe. In a great old Kobe neighborhood accessible by bus or an enjoyable yet long walk from the nearest station, Minatoyama Onsen is a gem. There's no outdoor bath, no jet baths, the design is not too special in anyway, but the water here is the key. The well here which comes out at a refreshing 28 degrees is heated to different temperatures for the 5 baths here. The attraction for me is the extra hot bath that ranges from 44-47 degrees. The regulars here have a trick to make it even hotter by tricking the thermostat in the bath with cold water. You'll typically see a few guys, some of them heavily tattooed, sitting around the hot bath chatting and occasionally even getting in. A foreigner getting into the extra hot bath here will always spark a small conversation. I recommend getting into the super hot bath for a few minutes then quickly entering the cool 28 degree bath. Feeling the heat slowly sucked from your body is absolute bliss.

A few years back you could drink the water here. There use to be special cups and faucets to do so, but it is all blocked off now.

People often ask me what is my favorite onsen and I most often say Minatoyama Onsen. I end up going out of my way to get here at least once a month.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Minatoyama Onsen - 湊山温泉
Type: Calcium and sodium bicarbonate chloride spring with carbon dioxide - 含二酸化炭素-カルシウム・ナトリウム炭酸水素塩・塩化物泉
pH: 5.92
Type: Weak acidic -
弱酸性
Well Temperature: 28.2
Type: warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Minato-Yu

Japanese Name: みなと湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Hyogo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市兵庫区湊町117
Type: Sento 
Price: ¥410
Holiday: ?
Hours: 11:00-23:00

Review

Minato Yu is a small local sento that has seen better days in a rough Kobe neighborhood. Sadly this sento is rather dirty inside with lots of mold and water damage on its walls. The tile back walk has a simple mosaic of a flower which is well done. There are not many baths to choose from either. On the other hand, the large and open changing area has some very old lockers that are interesting. Minato is not a sento for a first time bather; this one is for the completest.

Yanagi-Yu

Japanese Name: 柳湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Hyogo
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市兵庫区西出町2丁目9
Type: Sento
Price: ¥380
Holiday: Monday
Hours: 15:00-22:30

Review

A beautiful little bathhouse hidden in a small neighborhood next to Kobe's Harborland shopping and entertainment district, going to Yanagi-yu, like many sento, is like taking a step back in time. Its located down a street barely wide enough for a bicycle or small delivery truck. Many stray cats meander around the maze of small paths and streets that serve this densely packed residential and commercial neighborhood. Walking around It's easy to forget that the massive Harborland area of Kobe is just down the street. The bathhouse itself is the old bandai style where there are two doors in the front, one for men () and one for women (). As with most sento, make sure you choose the right one as they are only labeled in kanji.

Inside the bathhouse the building is old and in need of some maintenance, but still very clean. The changing room and bath fixtures seemed to be from the buildings original construction. A highlight of the design is the tile mosaic of a European style lake scene with a rock feature on the far side of the back wall. The baths were fairly normal. The herbal bath was not too hot and constantly refilled from a waterfall spout that was very refreshing in the summer heat. In a separate room that I originally thought was a sauna, there was another bath that appeared to be filled with the same water as the rest of the baths. Exploring the neighborhood and Yanagi-yu’s wonderful old building make this sento worth going to.


Kita Ward - 北区

Kanoko Onsen

Japanese Name: 鹿の子温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Kita
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市北区長尾町宅原1611
Type: Supersento
Price: ¥600
Holiday: None
Hours: 9:00-25:00

Review

When I use to live in Sanda, Kanoko was the closest onsen to my apartment. It would take me 15 minutes or so to ride there on my bike, so I'd often go there before or after work. I went here 2 or 3 times a month. I do miss riding my bike here through the rice fields to enjoy this wonderful place.

The sento is different on each side, but both have the same basic layout. The bath on the left side of the front desk has a nicer rotenburo and a salt sauna. The bath on the left, my favorite, has a very strong jet bath and a extra hot sauna. Although small, Kanoko offers well designed baths that get better the more you go. Heated spring water fills the baths here. It's not the best onsen, but it feels extra hot and is also is mildly radioactive.

I go here for the baths, atmosphere, and the super hot sauna--not the water so much. As a daily onsen, Kanoko doesn't get boring. Kanoko has free body soap and shampoo, and a very good point card system with many discounted or double point nights to take advantage of. For a while there I rarely paid the full ¥600 price. Kanoko Onsen has a sister sento, Karato Onsen, which is one of my wife's favorite spas and has a very similar feel, but much bigger.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Kanoko Onsen - 鹿之子温泉
Type: Simple radioactive spring - 単純放射能泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 15
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Karato no Yu

Japanese Name: からとの湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Kita
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市北区有野町からと1296-1
Type: Supersento
Price: ¥700
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00

Review

Karato is one of my family’s favorite onsen. It is a very good generic example of what a supersento is.

I love the rocky shallow spring water filled rotenburo. Overall, the entire bathhouse is one of the best designed and laid out supersento that I've been to. It has everything a good supersento should. I enjoy the dry sauna the most, but the salt one is clean and comfortable too. The two sides are different and change daily. Outside there's some equipment for stretching too.

Given that it's across the bridge from the train station, has a good selection of baths, and the high quality of the spring water Karato no Yu is a great introduction to supersento for a first timer.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Karato no Yu - からとの湯
Type: Simple weak radioactive spring - 単純弱放射能泉
pH: 7.82
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 26.2
Type: warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Kita Kobe Pokapoka Onsen

Japanese Name: 北神戸ぽかぽか温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Kita
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市北区八多町中1150
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.pokaon-k.com/
Price: ¥700
Holiday: Closed till 17:00 on  second Tuesday
Hours: 10:00-25:00 (Weekends Holidays 8:00-25:00)

Review

Once one of my favorite onsen, Pokapoka has slowly grown out of favor for me. I once got a bowl of noodles with some steel wool in them which totally turned me of to the restaurant here. The baths are, in general, fine but my last few times there they smelt and didn't look as clean as I remember them being. Also the drains for the indoor bath make an obnoxious sucking sound that make relaxing quite hard and the entire place way too noisy. Other places have the same sucking sound, but it seems more annoying here. The outdoor hot spring bath is filled with this a wonderful hot spring that's opaque brown and mineral rich. Quite a good hot spring and it's very popular. I also enjoy the sauna here. Sadly the bad experiences I've had here years ago mean that I won't be going back anytime soon.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Yata Onsen - 八多温泉
Type: Sodium chloride spring with iron - 含鉄-ナトリウム塩化物泉
pH: 5.9
Type: Weak acidic -
弱酸性
Well Temperature: 34.9
Type: hot spring -
温泉
Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性

Suzuran no Yu

Japanese Name: すずらんの湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Kita
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市北区山田町小部字妙賀11-1
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.suzurann.jp/
Price: ¥800
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00

Review

This large stoic and modern Japanese bathing complex reminds me of the Comme Ca clothing chain here in Japan. The design has an emphasis on stone with two distinct bathing areas, one using mostly dark black stone, the other with a lighter sand stone motif. The men's and women's bath change periodically between the two. Both sides have a large gorgeously designed outdoor area with little paths, lots of natural plants and, of course, baths. It's more like being in a garden with baths than being in a bath that has a garden.

I often recommend this place to people wanting to have their first super sento experience, or for someone who wants a more upscale, quiet place. I find that Suzuran no Yu can be quite crowded on holidays and weekends making the experience much less relaxing, so it is best to avoid those days if possible. Also, it's location makes it quite hard to get to without a car.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Arima Kaido Onsen - 有馬街道温泉
Type: Simple alkaline hot spring - アルカリ性単純温泉
pH: 8.1
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 27.5
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性


Nagata Ward - 長田区

Aguro-no-Yu

Japanese Name: あぐろの湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nagata
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市長田区南駒栄町1
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.aguro-no-yu.com/
Price: ¥850
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00 (Weekends Holidays 8:00-25:00)

Review

Kobe's best super sento experience. I've been here a many times and enjoyed it each time. The spring water is superb and a little hotter than normal baths.

The layout focuses mostly on the outside with the many baths placed along a circular route. The largest outdoor bath has two levels and is built with large stones giving it a very natural feel. The smaller, upper one has the straight well water. The many tub baths are placed in a way to give the bather a sense of privacy. The most popular seems to be the cedar lined bath that has a TV.

Inside there's a great maze of jet baths. Some other super sentos have ones similar to this. The look like an old NES Legend of Zelda dungeon from above. It's one large square bath with walls separating each of the different jets. Fun to play around in if it is not too busy.

This is a really busy supersento. I think that's why can get away with their high prices. The manners of some of your fellow bathers, especially the high school boys, can be annoying. If you can look beyond that, or your timing is lucky you can really enjoy this wonderful supersento.

The name Aguro comes from the chain of home centers that own the supersento called Aguro Garden. In the same shopping center there is an Aguro Garden that has imported beer and groceries on the second floor. Good to check out.

I have had the food here once or twice and did not think much of it. It was a lazy choice for me and one I will not be repeating.

Aguro no Yu is only a few seconds from the station, has a great natural spring, and is very clean. Highly Recommended.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Kobe - 神戸駒ヶ林温泉
Type: Sodium chloride spring - ナトリウム塩化物泉
pH: ?
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: ?
Type: Extra hot spring -
高温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Asahiyu

Japanese Name: あさひゆ
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nagata
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市長田区五番町5-2-12
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.asahiyu.net/
Price: ¥440
Holiday: None
Hours: 15:00-25:00 (Sunday morning bath 9:00-12:00)

Review

This sento has one of the strangest appearances from the outside. If you took down the signs there would be no way to tell this was a sento in the first place. The entrance is in the middle of the long side of the building. Asahiyu has a very basic and Spartan design with not much decoration throughout the sento. I really enjoyed watching the broken waterfall that fills the main bath. The water has eroded through the bricks making a more interesting and more beautiful vision then if it was repaired. It’s a great lesson in wabi-sabi. According to Asahiyu's website there is a second floor relaxation room and a roof top area also, but I didn't see them.

Kikusui Onsen

Japanese Name: 菊水温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nagata
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市長田区久保町6丁目510
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://esento.web.fc2.com/kikusui/mainhome.html
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Friday
Hours: 14:00-24:00

Review

Nice local sento with a fresh feel. Classic design. Welcoming, family friendly atmosphere. If you're in Nagata, Kikusui is worth going to. Great soft water thats just as good as a natural spring too. I've got to go back here soon myself.

Manzai-Yu

Japanese Name: 萬歳湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nagata
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市長田区腕塚町4丁目1
Type: Sento
Price: ¥380
Holiday: None
Hours: 14:00-25:00

Review

A simple little sento with a small, yet comfortable, outdoor bath. Tucked town an alleyway off of a major shotengai, Manzaiyu is small. Nothing really distinguishes this sento, but it was worth the visit. I had a wonderful chat with one of my fellow bathers there. Sometimes when I'm in these small sento I'll see someone who I know will try to talk to me. I knew instantly when a man in his mid-40's with long hair and a necklace came in that he was going to talk to me. He looked like a John Lennon-esque Vietnam War protester--but naked and Japanese. It didn't take long. I can't remember how he started the conversation, but he spoke to me in decent English. Lowering his voice he looked at me very seriously and said, "In this onsen there are many... Japanese mafia" and slapped his back in a body language way to say back tattoos which most yakuza have. I replied that I've been to other onsen with many yakuza and I'm cool. I guess he didn't understand me cause again he said, "many Japanese mafia" and this time drew his index finger across his cheek to symbolize the facial scars that yakuza are thought to have, common body language in Japanese. Now remember he's speaking to me in English quietly so no one else could understand us, but he's using all this body language that anyone could plainly see. Thanks for the advice man. After that we had a short little conversation about where I was from and I left. Best part of this hobby is the random stuff that happens sometimes.


Miyajima Onsen

Japanese Name: 宮島温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nagata
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市長田区三番町2-1-3
Type: Sento
Price: ¥420
Holiday: Saturday
Hours: 15:00-22:00

Review

A little gem of a sento that doesn't show up on Google Map searches. I actually stumbled into this one by mistake after discovering the sento listed on Google Maps no longer existed. I had no information about this sento and I was ready for it to be a bomb, but instead it was fantastic. There is a free second floor sauna. Yea it's a bit worn out, but the piped in music was nice and the air was piping hot. Downstairs there is a great selection of different baths including a small yet very refreshing outdoor bath. The man working the bandai was very pleasant also.

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Yue~bu Nagura

Japanese Name: ゆぇ〜ぶ名倉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nagata
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市長田区名倉町2-1-27
Type: Sento
Price: ¥420
Holiday: Second and Fourth Wednesday
Hours: 14:00-23:30

Review

Nagura is a basic sento hidden in the residental areas in the hills above Kobe on the Shintetsu line. Great layout, refreshing outdoor cold water bath along with a good steam sauna. Nice to try if your in the neighborhood.

Yuyurando Kinokuni

Japanese Name: ゆうゆうらんど紀の国日本
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nagata
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市長田区野田町8丁目512
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: 
http://yuuyuu.jimdo.com/
Price: ¥380
Holiday: None
Hours: 14:00-25:00

Review

This simple family friendly sento in Kobe's Nagata ward retains the feel of the surrounding neighborhood. Part of the Yuasobi group of sento they offer a basic, yet relaxing place to soak. The front staff were welcoming. I remember this being one of the first places I went to after figuring out what sento were. Upon getting there and undressing I found that no buckets were available. After looking around for a while a father who was there with his children offered me one. I must have looked like a deer in the headlights standing there. The outdoor bath in the back is filled with the spring water, there’s also a powerful jet bath. The design is well thought out and worth a try if you are in the neighborhood. It is best accessed by Kobe City bus leaving from JR Kobe station, but you can also get there from Takatori station on the Sanyo line.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Nodae no Yu - 野田惠の湯
Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉
pH: ?
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: ?
Type: warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性