Kobe West - 神戸市西

Nishi | Suma | Tarumi


Nishi Ward - 西区

Nadeshiko no Yu

Japanese Name: なでしこの湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Nishi
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市西区伊川谷町前開270-1
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.nadeshikonoyu.com/
Price: ¥550
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-22:00

Review

Nadeshiko no Yu is an older onsen hotel that offers day use for cheap. It seems to attract mostly elderly people looking to use the radioactive waters to heal their ills. While interesting in design, the baths could be better. There's a late 70's sci-fi looking fountain in the main bath that is unique. The entire bathing area is built just below the ground so everything feels cavernous and a bit musky. Like the baths were in the basement of your uncle’s house in Missouri.

There's a great smoking area outside next to a pond and waterfall and a free foot bath near the entrance.

Getting here is cheap and easy if you use their free shuttle bus from Gakuentoshi station. Information is on their website.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Nadeshiko no Yu - なでしこの湯
Type: Simple weak radioactive spring - 単純弱放射能泉
pH: 8.94
Type: Alkaline -
アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 24.2
Type: cold spring -
冷鉱泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性


Suma Ward - 須磨区

Chimujiruban Spa Kobe

Japanese Name: チムジルバンスパ神戸
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Suma
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市須磨区車字奥中ノ尾772
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.chimuspa.com/
Price: ¥800
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00 (Last entrance 24:00)

Review

Up in the hills above Suma is this grand Korean themed supersento (hence the katakana name). Getting there was a bit hard, but the experience is well worth the trip. The style is very modern with clean, smooth black stone and geometric shapes throughout the interior. The bathing area seemed a bit dark, but in a relaxing way. A relaxing, refreshing atmosphere is created by the sound of running water, abundant plants, and large well designed baths.

Inside the central bath is carbonated well water. It's like the baths at Nada Onsen, but hotter and with smaller bubbles. Imagine bathing in hot Gerolsteiner. There is also a salt sauna which features different salts and fragrances depending on the day. The smell of the sauna was great, as was the salt, it was thicker and crunchier than the normal salt in these kind of saunas. Outside they have a "micronano bubble" bath which was opaque due to the millions of little bubbles in the water, sadly I couldn't feel the difference between that and the normal bath. There's also a large hot spring water bath outside with a few smaller baths around it.

Overall I feel this supersento was very well laid out but there were a few strange things. Going from the inside to outside baths you have to go through the changing room. The plastic boards around the tub baths outside warped under my weight. Sadly, and my last complaint, there weren't any clear windows to see the great landscape from the baths. These small gripes aside, it's a great bath.

You can catch a free shuttle bus to Chimujiruban from Myodani (名谷) and Myohoji (妙法寺) on the Kobe Subway. That would be the easiest way to get there without a car. The Kobe City bus also passes by Chimujirban. Instructions are on their website in Japanese.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Suma Shirakawa Onsen - 須磨白川温泉
Type: Simple alkaline hot spring - アルカリ性単純温泉
pH: 9.5
Type: Alkaline -
アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 28.2
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Hana no Yu

Japanese Name: 華の湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Suma
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市須磨区妙法寺藪中の中124814
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www17.ocn.ne.jp/~hananoyu/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00 (Weekends Holidays 6:00-25:00)

Review

Hana no Yu has a strong "bathing for health" feel. Maybe because I went there in the afternoon, the bath was filled with seniors. The hot spring here is a radon spring which is popular among those bathing to prevent or recover from disease. The baths are large and there's a wide open rotenburo with a very big bath. For the price it's a great bathing experience. Despite it's inconvenient location it's worth figuring out where this one is. If I lived in the neighborhood it would be my local bathing spot.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Guho no Yu - 弘法の湯
Type: Simple weak radioactive spring - 単純弱放射能泉
pH: ?
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 21.3
Type: cold spring -
冷鉱泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性


Tarumi Ward - 垂水区

Taihei no Yu - Tarumi Onsen

Japanese Name: 太平の湯 垂水温泉
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Tarumi
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市垂水区海岸通2166-2
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.sentou.co.jp/
Price: ¥700
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-24:00 (Weekends Holidays 8:00-24:00)

Review

Beautiful views from this super sento along the coast in western Kobe. On the Kobe side of the Akashi Bridge there are two super sento that allow you to check out the majesty of that bridge while you are in your most majestic nudity. :P

 

To make up for the lack of a hot spring they make the amenities and other decorations are very opulent. I liked everything about the bathing areas here.

While busy, thanks to the great view and location, it seems to get less of the trashy beach yankees that Tatsu no Yu gets.

kobe tensui.jpg

Tensui-yu

Japanese Name: 天水湯
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Tarumi
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市垂水区天ノ下町12-9
Type: Sento
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Hours: 13:00-23:00

Review

Amazing old and well used sento. Don’t let the worn appearance fool you this is a must try for any sento fan. The owner is an ex-bodybuilder who now runs the sento for fun—at least it seemed that way. The baths were unique. In the middle was a trough of warm water to rinse off with. I’ve never seen anything like it. There were 3 baths. In the back is a main bath that had a row of ineffectual jets jerry-rigged into it. The second bath was a warm bubble bath that was much cooler than the others thanks to the abundance of bubbles. Lastly, there was a cold bath. It seemed once long ago it would have been constantly filled, currently there's (another) jerry-rigged shower above the tub. The stopper for the bath is usable by the bathers so you can fill up the cold water using the shower if you want? Not sure the manners on this one. The water coming out of that shower was incredible especially after getting out of the super hot and super dangerous steam sauna. There is no gate or cover over the super hot flowing water that produces the steam. The owner was very happy to see a sento enthusiast gaijin such as myself and really made me feel welcome, almost too much so. If you cannot speak any Japanese you might have a tough time because I’m sure he will want to chat with you if you go. Overall it was a great experience checking out this old, quirky sento.

Tsuki no Yufune (James-yama)

Japanese Name: ジェームス山天然温泉 月の湯舟
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Tarumi
Address: 
神戸市垂水区青山台7丁目446
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.tsuki-no-yufune.com/
Price: ¥700
Holiday: None
Hours: 9:00-25:00

Review

James-yama is an interesting name for a hill in western Kobe. James? Really? Do the citizens of Kobe really like late 80's early 90's British pop that much? This silly named hill also has a wonderful, yet also silly named supersento. The design here focuses on exposed concrete and with many dark areas. This is a very relaxing onsen. You will find many kids there and the design of this supersento is lost on them. The sloped outdoor area is about as big as it could get given the location. It overlooks one of Kobe's freeways. One of the best views available from any rotenburo in the area. The main hot spring bath is quite large and empties out of one end as a waterfall. The hot spring leaves a white residue on the tub and the area around it. Sadly it’s only used in this one bath. A second rocky bath outside is filled with heated sea water.

On a September 2012 trip here the main shallow indoor bath was filled with small wheels of cedar to enhance the bath. My 2 year old daughter just enjoyed throwing them around, as did all of the young boys and a few of the old men in the bath. This last trip here really soured my experience for this supersento. It felt too small, especially in the changing room. This could have been because it was a national holiday and there were more casual bathers than usual.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: James Yama Onsen #1 Spring - ジェームス山温泉1号源泉
Type: Sodium chloride carbonated spring - ナトリウム塩化物・炭酸水素塩泉
pH: 6.6
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 31.2
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Yuya-no-Sato

Japanese Name: 柚耶の里
Prefecture: Hyogo
City: Kobe - Tarumi
Address: 
兵庫県神戸市垂水区名谷町湯屋谷2251
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Price: ¥380
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-08:30

Review

If there was a sento at Tokyo Disneyland, it would look like Yuya no Sato. A giant waterfall with a cavern like bath behind it, jet baths powerful enough to push you across the bath, and a monkey bar above that very bath. The spring filled outdoor bath, carbonated bath, cavern like mist sauna are great for sento enthusiasts. Let’s not forget to mention the "Spirited Away" looking exterior. It's almost a simulacrum of a sento. Overall it's an enchanting, wonderful place. It reminds me much of the Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama that was the inspiration for the one in "Spirited Away.” One note, the locker numbers are written in kanji so if you can't read numbers in kanji you might have a problem.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Myodani Tamago Onsen - 名谷玉子温泉
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: cold spring -
冷鉱泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性