Wakayama Prefecture - 和歌山県

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Wakayama City - 和歌山市

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Fukuro no Yu

Japanese Name: ふくろうの湯
Prefecture: Wakayama
City: Wakayama
Address: 
和歌山県和歌山市本町2丁目1
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.fukurou-yu.com/
Price: ¥1000
Holiday: The 3rd Tuesday of the month
Hours: 10:00-24:00

Review

Some of the best water to be had. It's coming from the same source that Honmachi Onsen and Hanayama Onsen tap, sadly they aren't using it as well as they could. The baths are small and uncomfortable in general. The area for soaking in the warm well temperature spring water is awkwardly designed with a long bench seat that doesn't let you really stretch out. Very modern and new the design was very nice, but it seemed that lots of the space that could have been used for the baths made was wasted. If there were outside windows I would have liked it much better

Fukuro no Yu opened in December of 2007, was given a feature page in the 2009 edition of Higaeiri Onsen I thought there would be more. Sadly I was disappointed. Conveniently located in Downtown Wakayama in a new shopping building Fukuro no yu has the day retreat style of Ama-yu or other large bathing complexes, but it lacks the largeness. Because it’s located in the basement, there is no rotenburo. The baths are well built and quite beautiful, but for 1000 yen I felt it was too much. Hanayama Onsen, at the same price as Fukuro-yu gives so much more. Including a bright outside rotenburo with a garden. Fukuro-yu shows that just being new doesn't mean being better, that doesn't mean it won't attract customers. The night I went, a Sunday at 8PM, it was moderately busy. Its high points aren't enough to make up for its pitfalls for me however. Now that Honmachi Onsen is closed this is a better option if you are looking for an onsen near the city center.

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Hanayama Onsen

Japanese Name: 花山温泉
Prefecture: Wakayama
City: Wakayama
Address: 
和歌山県和歌山市鳴神574
Type: Onsen ryokan
Webpage: http://www.hanayamaonsen.com/
Price: ¥1,000
Holiday: Thursday
Hours: 08:00-23:00

Review

Hanayama Onsen is in my top 5 for water quality the brown claylike water here makes you feel perfect. I can't recommend it more. People go out of their way to go here just because of the spring water. The bathing area is simple, but well designed. The largest 41c degree bath has some shallow and deep grottos for finding a great little place to go. There are some bars in the bath to lean against or hang on. All of the spring water baths have been calcified by all the minerals in the spring water either making soft wave shapes that looks like clay or chocolate ice cream that’s been stirred up, or a shaper ridged shape that looks like some sort of alien apartment building. Outside the rotenburo looks out at a simple but pleasing garden. It's a perfect old onsen style building. Some of the floors creak. There are pipes carrying water are strung through out the building. Hallways seem longer then they should be. Once inside the building you forget where you are. It helps make this place seem so otherworldly. If it's crowded you might have to wait for a space, mostly in the 26c degree bath which people take a long time in, but everyone here is very civil. People, unless they are with a friend or family member, seem to go into a trance because they are so relaxed. I once asked a fellow bather to read a kanji for me and he was very nice when helping me understand what it meant. You can drink the water here. In the hallway leading to the  baths there's a sink and a spigot across from it with the spring water for drinking. It tastes great.

Signs in Japanese ask you to please splash your self off with clear water before entering the normal baths.

Make sure to look around and check out all the signs they have posted about the onsen, especially the one with the photo of the calcification in one of the pipes carrying the spring water. I hope my arteries don't look like that.

This is also a ryokan so you can spend the night here.

Like I said above, there are no keyed lockers for free in the changing room. There is a rack of coin lockers but they cost ¥100 so leave your stuff in your car or make sure you have a ¥100 on you before you enter.

I recently went here for the first time after sunset. I have to say that going here in the daytime is the best. The hotter it is outside makes it better too. Hanayama really shines for a afternoon soak.

There is a special discount price. 18:00-close: ¥600

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Honmachi Onsen *CLOSED*

Japanese Name: 夢想乃湯
Prefecture: Wakayama
City: Wakayama
Address: 
和歌山市本町6-50
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://muso-u.fz-web.com/
Price: ¥420
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 13:00-24:00

Review

*CLOSED* Sadly Honmachi has closed. This was one of my favorite onsen. I'm glad that I was able to get down there twice in the year prior to its closing.

Adapted from my article in the 2012 December issue of Kansai Scene.

Muso-no-Yu in Wakayama is a bit quirky. There is a hobbit-sized door on the second floor entrance to the baths and a sign inside that says, “No Parking.” The real reason to take the trip to Wakayama is the large wooden tub filled with straight from the well natural hot spring water. This spring is amazing. It just soaks out any pain or fatigue in your body almost like a drug. Temperature of the spring is 40.5°C but feels neither hot nor cold.  It is no surprise that the name of this opaque spring water is “daydream” in Japanese. I love sitting in the big bath listening to all the old men hold court about local politics and their lives. The people are friendly but it can be hard to score a good spot in that bath without waiting for someone to move.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Wakayama Muso no Yu - 和歌山夢想乃湯
Type: Sodium chloride spring with carbon dioxide - 含二酸化炭素-ナトリウム炭酸塩化物炭酸水素塩泉
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Yu~Bath Wakayama

Japanese Name: ユ~バス 和歌山店
Prefecture: Wakayama
City: Wakayama
Address: 
和歌山市湊20番地
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.yu-bath.com/w-bath/index.html
Price: ¥830
Holiday: None
Hours: 6:00-27:00

Review

Best of the 4 Yu~Bath supersento in Kansai. It's a bus ride from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station. Not a bad option if you are in the area.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Nishihama Goten no Yu - 西浜御殿の湯
Type: Sodium chlorine strong salt hot spring - ナトリウム、塩化物強塩温泉
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Well Temperature: 28.4
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Nachikatuura-cho - 那智勝浦町

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