Osaka City - Northeast 大阪市ー北東

Asahi | Higashiyodogawa | Higashinari | Joto | Miyakojima | Tsurumi  


Asahi Ward - 旭区

Shintoku

Japanese Name: 神徳温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Asahi
Address: 
大阪府大阪市旭区大宮3-6-19
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.shintoku-onsen.jp/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: None
Hours: 6:30-26:00

Review

Great huge sento down a shopping street not far from the station. There are so many great things about this bathhouse it is hard to describe it all. This one does it right. It is very family friendly too. There are fish tanks in the walls and a small, but very comfortable outdoor area. All of the baths use softened water also for that great smooth feeling.


Higashiyodogawa Ward - 東淀川区

Hinode Onsen

Japanese Name: 日之出温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Higashi Yodogawa
Address: 
大阪府大阪市東淀川区西淡路2丁目313
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥300
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 15:00-24:00 (Sunday 7:00-11:30 / 15:00-24:00)

Review

Recommended by a gaijin who I bumped into in an Umeda sento, Hinode Onsen sadly didn’t live up to his recommendation. While it is a fine onsen built with nice materials the water is sadly uninspiring. The bathing area itself is quite small compared to the large lounge areas. The building is odd, looking like it should be a mansion or office building rather than a sento. The small rotenburo is decorated with a lot of plants making it quite nice but actually calling it a rotenburo is a stretch. Balcony bath would be a better term. The layout of the washing areas in relation to the baths was too close. Also the low shelf where you put your washbasin was installed so that water flowed across it so that my neighbors soapy water was constantly spreading into my area rather than spilling off onto the floor as it should. Despite its downfalls this is fine, clean and convenient sento.

Wakatake Onsen

Japanese Name: 若竹温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Higashi Yodogawa
Address: 
大阪市東淀川区豊新5-13-4
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥440
Holiday: Monday
Hours: 15:00-24:30

Review

It's a simple Osaka-style (baths in the middle) sento with a lot of heart. The owner in the bandai was plesant, the young guys hanging out in the (small but refershing) rotenburo were fun to talk to, the baths were clean and hot. I cannot ask for much more than that. No need to travel out of the way to try this one, but if you are in the neighborhood it is a good option.


Higashinari Ward - 東成区

Hakutsuru Onsen

Japanese Name: 白鶴温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Higashinari
Address: 
大阪府大阪市東成区東小橋3丁目1432
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.ofuro.jp/index.html
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Friday
Hours: 15:00-24:00

Review

A lovely neighborhood sento with a strong local and family feel. When I walked into the changing room I saw a group of 5 boys playing a Pokémon trading card game on the couch and I knew this was a wonderful place. They went in to the baths when I did and I enjoyed hearing them laugh and play as I took my bath. The design is quite typical of many Osaka sento with the baths in the center places to wash along the sides, and the sauna and jet baths along the back wall. There was also a lovely mosaic on the back wall. The sento prides it's self on its "herb mist sauna" which is like a normal mist sauna but they add fragrance to the water. The fragrance changes, but I am not sure on what schedule. Their homepage seems to have a lot Osaka city and Onsen related information, including some fun stories from the onsen. One story tells of a Chinese-American high school student who begged to wear her bathing suit in the onsen and the staff trying to explain to her that she couldn’t.

Nobeha no Yu - Tsuruhashi

Japanese Name: 延羽の湯 鶴橋店
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Higashinari
Address: 
大阪市東成区玉津31341
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.nobuta123.co.jp/nobehatsuruhashi/
Price: ¥800
Holiday: None
Hours: 9:00-26:00

Review

One of the two Supersento own and operated by the huge Nobuta 123 pachinko chain. Lots of money was spent in building this quite fancy looking building. Sadly it's much too crowded to really enjoy the baths, at least the time I went. It's not surprising since there really is not much else in the area besides normal sento. The large outdoor bath had some beautiful real plants around it and a few huge boulders. The water was fine, although the signboard said the spring was in Yao city. I'm pretty sure they are trucking it in. Seems like a good supersento to try out if your a foreign tourist here in Osaka thanks to its location.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Himorogi no Yu - 神籬の湯
Type: Sodium chloride carbonated spring - ナトリウム-塩化物・炭酸水素塩温泉
pH: ?
Type: weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 42.8
Type: extra hot spring -
高温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性


Joto Ward - 城東区

Fudo no Yu.jpg

Fudo-Yu

Japanese Name: 不動湯
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Joto
Address: 
大阪府大阪市城東区天王田1314
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://fudouyu.com/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-24:00

Review

From start to finish the water at Fudo-Yu amazed me. It felt hotter than it's actual temperature, and the heat stays with you. Also in some of the baths you might find yu no hana (湯の花) which is bits of minerals, plant life or whatever that comes up with the well water. There is a sign warning bathers of the presence of yu no hana and explaining that it's not garbage. Yu no hana is a sign of a high quality well water and in the case of Fudo-yu it holds true.

Practically all of the baths use the wonderful well water. The deep circular bath is one of the best designed baths that I have soaked in. It's simple design betrays how well built it is. The added pressure of being under that much water also helps in making it feel hotter. The sides are nice and wide enough for you to sit and dangle your legs into the bath when it gets too hot for you. That's just talking about the first bath, the rest are just as wonderful. I could have sat in the shallow bath for hours if I had the time. I wish the jet baths were a bit stronger, and the rotenburo has only a little view of the open sky, but those are inconsequential in the overall experience.

A very basic facade with a giant neon , the name in neon and a sign board. The baths are on the second floor with parking below. Like it's sister onsen, Fudo-yu doesn't need to attach bells and whistles to attract customers. It has great water and it exploits it well. Beside a few vending machines and draft beer nothing else is for sale here, nothing else is needed. In the bathing area, the seats are tile and built into the floor be careful not to hit your toe.I like coming here because everyone was smiling. Everyone was happy. Why wouldnt they be? I came in and was immediately talked to by a gangster, his body totally covered in tattoos. Only is lower arm, feet, nipples and that other place down there wasn't tattooed. He asked in his mumbling, guttural Japanese, "Japan dekimasuka?” meaning, "Can you do Japan?” which I assume he meant as "Can you speak Japanese.” I replied that I could and he laughed. In the bath there was a little 2 year old boy who kept on checking me out so I said “hi" to him. His grandfather and I began to chat a bit and I found out that the boy went to an English preschool. Everyone here was happy and how could they not be with a bathhouse like this; how could you be sad? 

They try to keep the sauna very dry so they ask everyone to use the bath towel you receive at the front desk to wipe off any excess water from your body before entering the sauna.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Fudo-Yu 不動湯
Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉
pH: ?
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 37
Type: Hot spring -
温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Maneki-yu

Japanese Name: まねき湯
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka-Joto
Address: 
大阪府大阪市城東区中浜3-25-20
Type: Sento
Webpage:

http://www.osaka268.com/public_bath/c_jyoutou/#PubMa
Price: ¥400
Holiday: ?
Hours: 15:40-24:30

Review

Inside developed Kansai I didn't expect to see a sento this rundown. The tilework was interesting but there were lots of cracks and missing tiles. Some of the faucets didn’t work. the two baths were clean enough and the changing room felt clean but the entire place was falling apart. Nice enough but not one that I can recommend.

Momokusa-yu

Japanese Name: 百草湯
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Joto
Address: 
大阪府大阪市城東区諏訪1丁目224
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥410
Holiday: None
Hours: 15:00-23:00

Review

Nice large sento. Octagonal main bath with a shallow and deep parts. There is a big concrete duck in the bath. Looks like it was stolen from a city park! There's a squirrel too near the jet baths. Refreshing radon bath. Shallow rotenburo with a small waterfall ties it all together. Nice tiles too! Recommended! Make sure to check out the kushi-katsu restaurant on the other side of the park from the sento. It looks like its in a family house. Great place with some INSANELY spicy options.

Interior photos: http://ameblo.jp/cherry69honey/entry-11516706087.html

Shikino Kengon Onsen

Japanese Name: 志宣野華厳温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Joto
Address: 
大阪府大阪市城東区鴫野東2丁目19
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://fudouyu.com/kagen/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-24:00

Review

A few onsen can make me feel better than this place. From the outside I was a bit scared, no big sign, no neon, nothing but a few bikes. Inside was the same. No pictures, no advertisements. Everything was very stark. In fact the only decoration I saw was an old sign with some Buddhist scripture written in calligraphy on it. Any place that doesn't rely on advertisements or fancy baths must have great water. I wasn't let down. The large main bath was filled with crystal clear perfectly heated water that felt great to the touch. I can't describe how wonderful this water was, but there is more. Outside in a long bath along the side of the building is an gensen bath with some of the best onsen water I have ever seen. Slightly brown, the water was in a perfect temperature for long soaking. My skin felt wonderful as soon as I got in. Sitting in this bath I realized how bathing is one of our last contacts with nature. Yes I am in a building and yes the tub isn't some dirt and rock lined hole, but the water, that wonderful water that was surrounding my body might have rained upon the Earth when dinosaurs still roamed the land. It was ancient. I was bathing in it. A sign above the bath said to not worry about the yu no hana, clumps of organic sediment, that come up with the water. This is a sign of good water. There were 3 other grandfathers in the bath with me and I wanted to talk to them, but I couldn't understand their old grandfather Japanese and I didn't want to barge in, so I reminded silent. Leaving I complemented the nice lady on how wonderful the water was. She said that gaijin were rather rare and asked where I came from. I replied Sanda, where I lived at that time, forgetting that she probably meant what country. We talked about some other things and I promised to return and I left. About 100 meters down the street I heard someone calling something and turned around. One of the grandfathers was calling me to come back. The lady wanted to find out what country I was from. I returned to the onsen and told them I was from America, and I had this blog and that this was a top 10 onsen. She was very surprised and happy about that and they invited me to have a drink. Sadly, I had to decline. I should have stayed, but I had an appointment later that evening and had to get going. I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful this onsen is. If you're only a tourist and want to experience a bit of vernacular Japanese culture, if you're a hot spring fan in your country and want to experience some top-notch Japanese water this is the place. I have since been back to this sento many times a few times with my daughter even and I constantly recommend it to people who I meet. Its hard to believe that in the middle of the city is this amazing natural place.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Shikino Kengon Onsen - 志宣野華厳温泉
Type: Sodium chloride spring - ナトリウム塩化物泉
pH: 7.32
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 40.5
Type: Hot spring -
温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Shingu Onsen

Japanese Name: 新宮温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Joto
Address: 
大阪市城東区鴫野東3-28-13
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥440
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 15:00-24:00

Review

Clean bright sento.

Suzuran Onsen

Japanese Name: 鈴蘭温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Joto
Address: 
大阪府大阪市城東区成育4丁目22
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Third Thursday
Hours: 6:00-24:00

Review

A perfect family sento. Came in and the lovely grandmother in the bandai greeted me with a big smile. We had a chat about this site and my love of sento. She was so friendly, as were the people in the changing room.

The sento was build in a two story design. The bathing areas and main baths were on the first floor with the sauna, an extra cold bath, some extra washing areas and a little rotenburo up on the second. All the baths were great, hot and refreshing. Super clean too. Up top the sauna seems to be a local gathering place. The owners had decorated it with old ropes and beer cans filled with salt. Seemed like a seafood restaurant from the 70's.

I'm feeling really guilty that I didn't take any notes about this sento. It was great. And I can't remember exactly how much it was but I think the sauna was only 20 yen! I asked the grandmother why it was so cheap. She replied that all the locals loved the sauna and she couldn't raise the price on them.

Suzuran Onsen is a great local sento that shows what sento are to their neighborhoods and to Japan as a whole.