Kobe East - 神戸市東

Higashi Nada | Nada


Higashi Nada Ward - 東灘区

Dai-ni Hinode-Yu

Japanese Name: 第二日の出湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Higashi Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市東灘区本庄町2丁目1116
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://esento.web.fc2.com/dai2_hinodeyu/
Price: ¥380
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 15:00-24:00

Review

Daini Hinode-Yu is a small simple sento in Eastern Kobe just south of Route 2. The changing room and front desk are all very simple and have a community center feel.  The baths are clean and basic sento fare. Less crowded than the near by Mori Onsen and not as pretty.

I believe that the name is Daini (Second) because the original bathhouse was destroyed in the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake.

Kofuku Onsen

Japanese Name: 幸福温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Higashi Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市東灘区青木5丁目15-10
Type: Sento
Price: ¥?
Holiday: ?
Hours: ?

Review

Kofuku Onsen feels like it should have gym attached to it. It has a very utilitarian ascetic, perhaps do to the lighting. Interesting bath design. Not much to say about this somewhat cavernous sento.

Mori Onsen

Japanese Name: 森温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Higashi Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市東灘区森南町115
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://homepage2.nifty.com/morionsen/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: 1st and 3rd Tuesday
Hours: 14:00-24:30 (7:00-10:30)

Review

Mori Onsen is small but enjoyable and very close to the station. The staff is friendly emphasizing the family, neighborhood feel to the sento. A serviceable sitting area is equipped with a large TV that is most likely showing the Hanshin Tigers and in the entrance is a terrarium filled with beetles. Mori Onsen. The bathing area is a bit cramped but well designed so that even when packed, as this sento typically is, you do not feel it. The changing room can be difficult at times, however. The jet and electric baths are strong. The shining point of this sento is its large well landscaped rotenburo that has treated normal city water. There is no natural hot spring well here.

If you want to try a small, neighborhood sento, but you dislike the old baths found at most sento this would be good place to try it out. They also offer a rose pedal bath on special days for the women, check their website for more information.

Tokiwa-Yu

Japanese Name: ときわ湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Higashi Nada
Address: 
神戸市東灘区御影本町8--19
Type: Sento 
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Saturday
Hours: 16:00-23:00

Review

The original Tokiwa-Yu was destroyed in the Great Hanshin Earthquake and was rebuilt to give the people of the area, many of whom did not have running water yet, a place to have a bath. The building is still, 15 years after at the time I write this, a very temporary structure with thin walls and not much space inside. It's a great experience and worth going to see some of this living history. A reminder of that horrible day in January, 1995.

Here’s my review from the December 2012 issue of Kansai Scene:

Toikiwa-Yu was rebuilt in the aftermath of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. The earthquake damaged many sentos in the Kobe area, many of which never reopened. Around Hanshin Mikage station the damage was severe and the original Tokiwa-yu was damaged beyond repair. With the encouragement of the neighborhood Tokiwa-yu quickly reopened a using a temporary prefabricated building. The building was small but served the recovering neighborhood well and is still a working sento today. There are no special baths here or natural hot spring water, but in a place like this those things are not necessary.


Nada Ward - 灘区

Asahi-Yu

Japanese Name: 朝日湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市灘区大石東町4丁目514
Type: Sento
Price: ¥440
Holiday: Monday
Hours: 14:00-23:00

Review

This is a very small sento, despite looking larger from outside. The entrance and changing rooms are both quite small but manageable. The baths were simple but well kept. The night I was there some yakuza guys were there talking about dealing with the police and some sort of car accident. Small neighborhood sento are fun for those experiences.


Fuji Onsen

Japanese Name: ふじ温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市灘区篠原南町1-6-17
Type: Sento
Price: ¥350?
Holiday: Friday
Hours: 11:00-24:00

Review

You can see this sento, and it's giant pile of wood, quite easily as from the Hankyu train as it leaves Rokko station heading to Sannomiya. I've seen it so many times, but never went to it. I should have went here sooner. Great selection of baths including a carbonated bath that was just as good as some of the ones I've been to in twice as expensive supersento. The pile of wood is for the wood burning water heater the sento uses. Most of the wood appears to be salvaged from old houses putting it to a good use. 

*Closed* Maya Onsen

Japanese Name: まや温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市灘区天城通7丁目3
Type: Sento
Price: ¥440
Holiday: Monday (Unless Monday is a holiday)
Hours: 14:30-23:30

Review

Maya Onsen is a basic sento with a few things making it noteworthy.

Maya has the basic centerpiece of a waterfall that fills the electric bath and flows down to the shallow bath and finally into the deep bath, something that is common in many sentos in the Keihanshin area. The bath isn't the high point however, the sauna is. Unusually free of an extra charge the sauna is well used and showing it, yet clean enough. It was set to a hot 98 degrees. Great for a cold winter day, but a bit too hot for summer heat. The accompanying cold water bath is only big enough for one person but good and cold. Thankfully, it refills fast which is good considering how many sweaty bodies are going into it. Going in you'll always end up flooding the floor in front of the bath making a great rushing water sound. The small, but relaxing rotenburo has space enough for some sunbathing.

The walk up to this small sento is a bit tough from the station, but an enjoyable one and worth it to check out this lovely neighborhood sento.

*Closed* Mirume Onsen

Japanese Name: みるめ温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市灘区岩屋北町2丁目2
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Price: ¥None
Holiday: None
Hours: None

Review

CLOSED - In a beautiful residential area of Kobe next to the Hanshin line Mirume Onsen was lovely experience. The staff and customers were very welcoming and sweet. After bathing in the changing room I had a little conversation with two elderly men who commented that it was odd to see foreigners and young people at the onsen. Sadly, this onsen is now closed.

Nada Onsen Rokkomichi

Japanese Name: 灘温泉 六甲道点
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市灘区備後町3
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://www.nadaonsen.jp/rokko_index.html
Price: ¥420
Holiday: Second Thursday in March, June, September, and December
Hours: 6:00-25:00

Review

One of the most convenient, refreshing, beautiful sento around. A great place to have your first sento experience. In fact, this was the first sento I took my sister to. Incredibly small, yet the size isn’t very bothersome. Nada onsen has one of the best springs in Kobe. Despite its lukewarm temperature the spring will make you feel hot from the inside. The carbonation is also great for relieving stress.

The baths are well designed big and relaxing. Nada Onsen’s two pitfalls come from the size. First the showers are tightly spaced and close to the baths so one must be careful not to spray the bathers. Second, the lukewarm spring bath can only fit 2~3 people and it’s very popular. You might have to wait your turn to get into this one. Despite these pitfalls this is one of my most frequented onsen due to its location, baths, and water.

Nada Onsen also has free body soap and shampoo, something quite rare for a sento at this price. There are also a few other wonderful things to look out for if you go here: the charcoal filtered drinking water in the changing room is immensely refreshing after a long soak, and the illustrated manner posters are quite funny.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Nada Onsen - 灘温泉
Type: Sodium chloride carbonated spring - ナトリウム塩化物・炭酸水素塩泉
pH: 7
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 31.9
Type: Warm spring -
低温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic - 等張性

Nada Onsen Suidosuji

Japanese Name: 灘温泉水道筋店
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nada
Address: 
神戸市灘区水道筋1丁目26番地
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://www.nadaonsen.jp/suidou_index.html
Price: ¥420
Holiday: First Thursday in March, June, September, and December
Hours: 05:00-24:00

Review

I love the water here it's cool, but it warms you on the inside. If you go into the lukewarm gensen bath your body will soon be covered in bubbles from the natural carbonation in the water. It's like bathing in metallic smelling San Pellegrino. One of the most relaxing baths ever. The electric bath is just strong enough, the jets positioned well, the waterfall bath is strong. Everything is just perfect. The rotenburo, and the other two spring water baths are well built from thick stone. Large stones also are sunk into the ground to make walkways in the bathing area.

Throughout the buildings there are lots of sometimes funny signs promoting good manners. There are many little extras here like the free soap and the chilled water in the changing room. Sadly, Nada is often too crowded. The straight spring water bath is like finding a place in a sardine can. If you go here when it's busy the water might not be as clean as it could be and you might have to wait to find a spot in your favorite bath.

While this place is good anytime, I recommend going on a hot afternoon. The lukewarm straight spring water bath might be packed, but you'll know why when you get in.

Parking in the lot next to the onsen is free if you get your ticket validated inside. But good luck getting your car to the parking lot. It’s a maze of tight one-way streets to get to it from Yamate-kansen.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Nada Onsen - 灘温泉
Type: Sodium chloride carbonated spring - ナトリウム塩化物・炭酸水素塩泉
pH: 7
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 35.2
Type: Warm spring -
低温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

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Rokko Otomezuka Onsen

Japanese Name: 六甲おとめ塚温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市灘区徳井町3丁目414
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Price: ¥380
Holiday: None
Hours: 06:00-25:00

Review

Don't let the green appearance of the water here fool you, the water is crystal clear--the green comes from the tiles used the  baths. This is one of the most complex, for lack of a better word, onsen that I have bathed in. It has a very cleansing quality to it while also feeling very medicinal to the point of being feeling unnatural. I doubt drinking this onsen would be OK given the trace amounts of arsenic and lead in the water. Arsenic, while fatal if ingested, is found in many of the world's most famous hot springs and good for you in small doses in a bath. While in the water it felt a little slippery, but the real magic of this onsen really became apparent after I dried myself off and put on my clothes. I felt great! So clean and refreshed.

The baths at Otomezuka are all built into odd shapes offering lots of little corners to inhabit, but they also don't have many good places to get in and out. Sadly, they are quite small given the popularity of this sento. The sauna is also very small. While hot and enjoyable it was a bit overpriced at ¥380 yen. I enjoy the small, odd shapes of the baths. It makes the experience more like an onsen playground, something common in the Yuasobi group of sento, but I can see how people used to the wider baths found in most supersento might dislike it. Masurao no Yu seems more packed in than the wider and open feeling Kagura no Yu side.

Otomezuka's three floor design is common among many sento in Kansai. The jet baths and some extra showers are placed on the mid-level between the changing room and the larger bathing area. Each side of this onsen has a different feel; the Masuro no Yu side being more eclectic with abstract tile work, and the Kagura no Yu side having a more sedated traditional Japanese feel. Architecturally speaking this building is a living relic of a Japan that has long since changed. Some of the building is a little worse for wear with its age showing through, but not to the point of distraction in the slightest.

This is a local place to the core. More so than the smaller Nada onsen, which I can see attracting many people from the newly built high rise apartment buildings nearby. Otomezuka seems to attract the people who have lived in this neighborhood for years. Being a foreigner I always get a few double takes here from the local costumers, but I've always felt invited and relaxed. There is also a food counter here with a few great deals. Beer and a snack for ¥500. Also, CHEESE FRIES! Yes, cheese fries and a beer after a soak. Could life get any better?

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Shojyo no Yu - 乙女の湯
Type: Sodium chloride carbonated spring - ナトリウム塩化物・炭酸水素塩泉
pH: 7.5
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 41.1
Type: hot spring -
温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Shinohara Onsen

Japanese Name: 篠原温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市灘区篠原南町4丁目1
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~onsen/
Price: ¥420
Holiday: 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Hours: 11:00-24:00

Review

Remodeled since I went here first in 2005. The baths are simple and very tightly fit into the onsen’s small area. A very typical Kobe sento.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Rokko no Yu - 六の湯
Type: Sodium chloride carbonated spring - ナトリウム塩化物・炭酸水素塩泉
pH: 7
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 31.7
Type: Warm spring -
低温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

*Closed* Yamato Onsen

Japanese Name: 大和温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nada
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市灘区大和町2丁目412
Type: Sento
Price: ¥420
Holiday: 4th Saturday
Hours: 14:30-23:30

Review

This is the real local sento in an area of Kobe with many destnation sento (which also have natural hot springs). It has a real local feel to it, but it wasn't dismissive or unfriendly. The kids in the baths smiled and waved to me. I loved the super hot steam bath. Great place.