Osaka City - Southwest 大阪市ー南西

Suminoe | Taisho


Suminoe Ward - 住之江区

Kutsurogi no Sato Yuraku

Japanese Name: くつろぎの郷 湯楽
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Suminoe
Address: 
大阪府大阪市住之江区北加賀屋3-5-37
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.yuraku4126.com/
Price: ¥700
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-26:00

Review

A large well decorated beautiful rotenburo is the centerpiece of this urban supersento. Make sure to try out the "Dead Sea" bath that is so salty anyone can float on it, but beware if you have any little cut or sore on your skin it will sting. Then there's the rubber duck bath.

The rock and wood (cypress) themed bath change between men and women daily.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Yujyutsuten Onsen - 湧出天然温泉
Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉
pH: 8.19
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 28.2
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Spa Suminoe

Japanese Name: スパスミノエ
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Suminoe
Address: 
大阪府大阪市住之江区泉1丁目182
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.spasuminoe.com
Price: ¥600
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-02:00

Review

Spa Suminoe is one part of a large entertainment complex located next to a kyotei race pool in the southern reaches of Osaka city. The water here has that soft water slipperiness, no smell or color to it however. There is a also trace amounts of radon. The bathing area is very well laid out with a large selection of baths. The maze like outdoor area is really makes you feel like you’re not in the middle of Osaka, but someplace more natural. I loved all the stone and wood used in the baths. The only odd thing is the abundance of TVs but none of them with sound. They also have a super strong jet bath. While all the bathing and changing areas are wide, the reception and sitting area is quite cramped. On the Saturday night there were many kids having fun. A happy family place. On a night with kyotei race next door I would expect more oji-sans.

The two bathing areas change periodically. There is a forest (mori ) and bamboo forest (chikurin 竹林) side.

 

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Suminoe Isumi no Yu - 住之江 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: 35.1
Type: Hot spring -
温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性


Taisho Ward - 大正区

JOY Taisho

Japanese Name: JOY大正
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Taisho
Address: 
大阪府大阪市大正区平尾4-23-10
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: 
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Tuesday
Hours: 14:00-25:00

Review

A hot spring sento that's very popular with local geriatric set in this hard working waterfront Osaka neighborhood. The two baths are on the first and second floors and change between men and women. Only the second floor bath has a rotenburo, in composition the first floor has a very large salt sauna.  Make sure to check out the dangerous looking key for the door to that sauna. Large signs along the side of the walls here tout the "100%天然温泉" in the baths. Only the cold water and carbonated baths are not filled with the spring water here. The effect of the spring water on your skin will become apparent a few minutes after getting out of the bath. In the water there is a slight slipperiness to it and a slight ferrous smell to the slightly brown tinted very hot water. The main deep bath is billed as a "flowing bath" and is always spilling over the granite walls that keep it in. In the corner are two awesome sunflower style jet baths. I also liked how many great places there were to sit in and out of the baths. I came here with my 2 year old and found that keeping an eye her was very easy but the water a bit too hot for a long bath.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 48.1
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Sanko-Yu

Japanese Name: 三光湯
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Taisho
Address: 
大阪府大阪市大正区三軒家東1-16-9
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Saturday
Hours: 15:30-24:00

Review

Located down the street from Taisho station this beautiful sento was one of the first I came across as a student in Japan. I was walking around the area following a random route between some stations when I saw the red on the side of the building. At that time I wasn't yet brave enough to jump into any random sento, but I wish I had. Finding this place, which I now know as Sanko-Yu, again was quite fun.

The exterior is one of the best in Osaka, the interior is retro all the way to the video games and washers in the corner.

The Baths were very well laid out giving a lot of space. The main baths were connected in a cascading system going from electric -> shallow -> deep. The adjacent herb bath was a not as warm and comfortable. In front of the simple dry sauna (fee) was a long rectangular cold water bath that was brilliant on the hot afternoon I popped in for a soak.

Surprisingly there also was a small, three person max, shallow rotenburo. Not much of a view other than straight up and not much to look at, but still it was a nice touch.

Sanko-Yu is a great station close sento worth checking out.

Yamato no Yu - Taisho *CLOSED*

Japanese Name: やまとの湯 大正店
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Taisho
Address: 
大阪市大正区千島1-23-85
Type: Supersento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥750
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00

Review

*CLOSED* Not too special chain supersento in a residential shopping district.

Yamato no Yu supersento never fail to be the McDonald's of bathing. This one is no exception. That's not to say the water is bad. In-fact the alkaline water felt quite good despite being heavily chlorinated.

The feature bath had a nice waterfall that you could sit against with a few nice places to relax in. I quite enjoyed it to be truthful, but the rest of the baths were so-so. Some of the landscaping was just not there, bare dirt. The entire building was well used.

Not worth going out of your way to and It's a long walk from Taisho station. The walk through a nice residential district of Osaka is enjoyable if you enjoy that. Otherwise, you might want to consider taking the bus if coming from the station.

Decent water and a few good baths but crowded and showing signs of heavy use.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Yamato Onsen - やまと温泉
Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉
pH: 7.9
Type: Weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 37.3
Type: Hot spring -
温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Yupopo

Japanese Name: ゆぽぽ
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Taisho
Address: 
大阪市大正区南恩加島6-5-5
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://www.h3.dion.ne.jp/~yupopo/
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Thursday
Hours: 13:00-25:00 (Sunday 6:00-25:00)

Review

Very fun, child friendly sento built in large open space on 4 floors. My daughter enjoyed the rotenburo the most, but I think that was because she was having fun making silly faces at some other kids. The cold water bath, also outdoors, had a great fresh smell to it that was really relaxing. All of the washing areas were spread around the baths on angles and in corners. It makes washing off fun having your own little area. There is also an  bath with ultrasonic waves being sent through it which, according to the sento's website, is good for your metabolism. The two different bathing areas change everyday.