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Fukuchiyama City - 福知山市

Fukuchiyama Onsen

Japanese Name: 福知山温泉
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Fukuchiyama
Address: 
京都府福知山市字長田81−33
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.fukuchiyamaonsen.com/
Price: ¥700
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-23:00

Review

Fukuchiyama Onsen is a recommended rural supersento to keep in mind if you are in the area.  The indoor area has a good selection of baths while the outside has a few shallow hot spring baths set in a Japanese style garden with lots of large exposed rock. I wish they had spent more of that space putting a few more baths, as most of the rotenburo area is roped off garden. On the other hand, up a rocky path is a cedar bathtub that really feels removed from all civilization. I did go late in the evening in the winter so it was quite dark which enhanced the effect.

Fukuchiyama Onsen is built in a unique manner. The restaurant, omiyage shop, break room and entrance is built into a large traditional Japanese house. The baths are connected to that house via a hallway in a new building.

I went on December 30th so the bath was filled with relatives visiting for the New Year’s celebrations. One 5-year-old boy ran up to me, touched my chest hair, and asked “Why do you have all this hair?”

Surprised I replied, “Cause I’m an American.”

I should have said that I was a scary bear or something better. Also, not all Americans are as hairy as I am. I do not want to stereotype.

I can imagine that the baths here would have been more relaxing if the tons of people were not there. Still I remember how much I enjoyed it and I would like to go back if given the chance.

Good luck getting here without using a taxi from the station if you are not driving. This is a car only place.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Yoro no Yu - 養老の湯
Type: Sodium chloride spring - ナトリウム塩化物泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?


Kyoto City - 京都市

Funaoka Onsen

Japanese Name: 船岡温泉
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Kyoto
Address: 
京都市北区紫野南舟岡町82-1
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://funaokaonsen.info/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: None
Hours: 15:00-25:00 (Sunday and holidays 8:00-25:00)

Review

This is one of the most famous sento out there. It's super popular with foreign tourists. I enjoyed talking to some exchange students while there. Great selection of baths makes the lack of a spring inconsequential. Expect it to be busy. This is a must go to sento for any enthusiast.

Hinode-Yu

Japanese Name: 日の出湯
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Kyoto
Address: 
京都府京都市南区西九条唐橋町26
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.eonet.ne.jp/~hinodeyu/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Thursday
Hours: 16:00-23:00

Review

Hinode-Yu was built in 1928. The sento itself is hidden down a footbath a few minutes walk south of Kyoto station. It is an old Japanese wooden building that fits perfectly in Kyoto. Inside the changing room feels more like a quiet temple. The aged wood floors give a bit under your feet. The lockers for your clothing have vintage glass panels in the doors. The baths are done in tile. Pay attention to the floor where each square is made of 4 perfectly aligned smaller tiles. The water here is normal, but the experience is anything but.

Kyogoku-Yu

Japanese Name: 京極湯
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Kyoto
Address: 
京都府京都市右京区西京極西川町39
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/kyogoku-yu/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Monday
Hours: 15:00-23:00

Review

Plain city water in this clean new looking basic sento, but it was very clear and clean feeling. The outdoor bath has a strong chlorine smell. The outdoor bath is in a nice spot behind the building that would be refreshing in the summer. The sauna's thermometer mounted high on the wall said it was 110ºC in there. I thought it was nice and hot, but not sure if it was that hot. Also the cold water bath is filled from a tap high enough to stand under. Great for getting cooled off after the sauna.

This is a brand new sento. The previous building was demolished and the family rebuilt next door. Although recently built the design is traditional where the family lives above the bathhouse area. You can see the house's front door to the left of the sento's entrance. The brand new feeling is interesting, but it's not yet decorated and needs a few plants or something to cheer up the space--the outdoor area in particular. Currently there is not much out there and it feels like the hot tub in a chain hotel in America. Not a bad thing, however strangely nostalgic.

Everyone here knew each other. There was a conference of local Oji-sans going on in the changing room when I got out of the bath. The staff was very nice and I enjoyed being there. They also have a great selection of old style sodas that look like they have been around since the 60's without changing a thing. I had a sweet honey flavored one called Royal Pet.

Kyoto Tower Daiyokujyo ~Yuu~

Japanese Name: 京都タワー大浴場~YUU
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Kyoto
Address: 
京都府京都市下京区烏丸通七条下る東塩小路町721-1
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
http://www.kyoto-tower.co.jp/kyototower/floor/spa.html
Price: ¥750
Holiday: None
Hours: 7:00-20:30

Review

The sento located underneath the Kyoto Tower. It is just so weird you'll have to check it out. Inside it has a great retro feel with somewhat disapointing baths. Since going here the baths were remodeled in 2012. I'll have to go back and check it out again.

Nizaemon no Yu

Japanese Name: 仁左衛門の湯
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Kyoto
Address: 
京都府京都市西京区樫原盆山5
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.nizaemon.com/
Price: ¥650
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-26:00 (Weekends Holidays 8:00-26:00)

Review

Nizaemon was sadly not as clean as I wanted it to be, especially the locker room. The building is a bit chaotic. Starting at the parking lot ending in the rotenburo everything seems to be built in strange angles or shapes. Nothing here was straight forward. The baths were fine though and quite refreshing, I would not mind going back if given the chance. There is also not much in terms of competition for supersentos in this part of Kyoto. This place reminded me of Nadeshiko no Yu. It was a bit dreary on the inside and seemed very health orientated. The other bathers who chatted with me in the rotenburo were really kind and funny.

Good luck getting here even with a car! It is on a very busy Kyoto street Route 9 - San’in Road) in a hilly section. If coming by bus you can take #29 from Shijyo-Karasuma, #6 from Hankyu Katsura and #73 or #33 from Kyoto station. More information is available on their website.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Kyoto Katsura Onsen - 京都桂温泉
Type: Sodium-Carbonated Chloride Spring - ナトリウム炭酸水素塩泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Sagano Onsen Tenzan no Yu

Japanese Name: さがの温泉 天山の湯
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Kyoto
Address: 
京都府京都市右京区嵯峨野宮ノ元町55
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.ndg.jp/tenzan/
Price: ¥1000
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00

Review

Somewhat overpriced always busy supersento in a part of Kyoto with not much else to choose from. Clean, modern building. Quite attractive.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Tenzan no Yu - 天山の湯
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring ナトリウム-カルシウム塩化物泉
pH: 7.23
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 34.3
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Ume-Yu

Japanese Name: 梅湯
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Kyoto
Address: 
京都市下京区木屋町通上ノ口上ル岩滝町175
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/ume-yu/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Friday
Hours: 15:00-24:00

Review

Classic Kyoto feel sento located somewhat downtown.


Nantan City - 南丹市

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Rurikei Onsen

Japanese Name: るり渓温泉
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Nantan
Address: 
京都府南丹市園部町大河内広谷1-14
Type: Onsen / Pool
Webpage: http://www.rurikei.jp/
Price: ¥700
Holiday: None
Hours: 7:00-22:00

Review

Rurikei is a large entertainment complex in the mountains northwest of Kyoto. The onsen is co-ed and bathing suits are required (rentals are available for free). There’s a heated indoor pool (swimming caps required but available for free), indoor sento area, and a rotenburo that has a selection of little baths to hang out in with your friends or family. It was nice for me to enjoy an onsen with my wife and baby. There is also a nude, gender separated area also.

The onsen here was unremarkable to be truthful and I thought the pool water could have been cleaner, but overall it was a good experience. This is more like a resort than a supersento or ryokan.

We just went for the bath, but it looked like a good summer spot to enjoy a day out in the park. The ryokan was also very reasonably priced. It might be a good option for families looking for a quick get-a-way. Besides the baths there are rental BBQ areas, telescope equipped observatories, fishing, nature trails, restaurants, tennis courts, rest rooms, karaoke and playgrounds.

Access is by car or the free shuttle bus from Sonobe on the San’in Main line from Kyoto or Nissei-chuo on the Nose Electric Railway if you are coming from Osaka or Kobe. More information on the shuttle bus is on their website.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Rurike Flower Onsen - るり渓フラワー温泉
Type: Simple Radioactive Cold Spring - 単純弱放射線冷鉱泉pH: 6.92
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 15
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Well Name: Rurike Takahara Onsen - るり渓高原温泉
Type: Simple Radioactive Hot Spring - 単純弱放射線温泉pH: 7.9
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 26.6
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?


Soraku District - 相楽郡

Kasagi Ikoi no Yakata

Japanese Name: 笠置いこいの館
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Soraku
Address: 
京都府相楽郡笠置町笠置隅田24
Type: Day Hot Spring
Webpage: http://www.kyoto-kasagi-ikoinoyakata.com/
Price: ¥800
Holiday: First and Thrid Wednesday, Dec 31-Jan 1
Hours: 10:00-21:00

Review

Rebuilt on August of 2015 this is an amazing day use hot spring. Really it surprised me how great the spring here was. So smooth and soft on the skin, Kasagi goes into my secret onsen list. It is just that far away from anyplace to make it a fun day trip. There is a nearby camping area on the river that looks like it is always booked full. When I returned home from here the train was packed full with hikers so there must be a lot of hiking in the area. I just liked exploring the little town. Back to the baths there are a good selection of sizes. The second largest bath has ramp entrance that I assume is for barrier free access but fun to walk down also. Small but refreshing rotenburo is filled with spring water but it is also an herbal bath. The time I went hojicha (a type of roasted tea) was put in the water and I loved it—especially that tea smell. Kasagi is part of the rural Kyoto tea growing region and has just a wonderful feel to it. Coming out here for the bath and just getting away from the city is highly recommended.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Wakasagi Onsen - わかさぎ温泉
Type: Sodium-Bicarbonate Cloride Spring ナトリウム-炭酸水素塩・塩化物線
pH:
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 32.5
Type: Warm spring -
低温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性


Uji City - 宇治市

Arima-Yu

Japanese Name: 有馬湯
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Uji
Address: 
京都府宇治市宇治壱番8
Type: Sento
Price: ¥350
Holiday: Monday
Hours: 16:00-23:00

Review

A great little sento I happened upon just across the street from JR Uji station. I was on a day tip with Yuko who kindly let me take a quick bath as she had a dessert at the cafe next door. The cafe next door looked really good too, but since this is an onsen blog I won't dwell on that. The sento was basic, small, and wonderful. Mid-afternoon is always my favorite time to take a bath. Arima-Yu is a very well kept and at least 70 years old. The baths were hot and the water was crystal clear. The electric bath was just the right strength and the jets were strong. The small single bench sauna lacked a TV but the piped in music was just as good, plus from the sauna there's a window into the changing room which was a first for me (since then I’ve found other places with this). The waterfall bath also was a lovely surprise. From the outside the entrance is quite old, you can tell where the original entryway gives way to the remodeled portion. Each sex has it's own door leading out to the street with a arrowhead shaped row of shoe lockers which divides the entryway on the inside. An unusual design. Despite its simplicity I deferentially recommend this sento for its access, baths and atmosphere.

Genji no Yu

Japanese Name: 源氏の湯
Prefecture: Kyoto
City: Uji
Address: 
京都府宇治市 大久保町大竹52
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://genji-yu.jp/
Price: ¥1000
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00

Review

Brand new very stylish supersento with an amazing well. This one is a bit pricy, but they give you quality in return. Upon entering the entire builing feels like it was done right. The indoor baths are of ample size and selection. It has one of the best artifical carbonated water baths I've been in. They really pump the bubbles into the water here. The saunas are both wonderful, and the steam sauna had a great fragrance in it when I was there. The cold water bath is one of the best I've been in. It's a dark grey, somewhat rough concrete tub that is quite deep. Perfect for a hot day or after a long hike. The main hot spring fed outdoor bath has very shallow and some deeper areas with a very well thought out design. The spring is also of fairly high quality.

Don't miss out watching the model trains in the lobby. My daugher liked them as much as she liked the baths.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring ナトリウム-カルシウム塩化物泉
pH: 7.38
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 29.1
Type: Warm spring -
低温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic - 等張性