Akashi City - 明石市


Japanese Name: 恵美寿湯Prefecture: HyogoCity: AkashiAddress: 兵庫県明石市貴崎4−6−12Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)Price: Hyogo Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 15:00-23:00
ReviewVery much like the water at Arima onsen, but without the price or all of the crowds Ebisu-yu's spring is a well known local secret. The mineral rich water feels like raw clay. Heated it feels thicker, the warm ambient well temperature bath is near body temperature and is great for cooling off in. The normal baths always feel nice and hot too. Doing a cycle of heating up and cooling down in the warm spring water bath is recommended would totally relax anybody. The design of the baths is fun and a little unique. The deep and shallow areas offer many sitting places. Outside the warm bath has a more Japanese design with a spout, while next to it is the heated spring water bath fed by a wide waterfall which has a brown 1970's feel to it. The outdoor area is more of an enclosed patio area with a glass roof then actually being outside. There are openings in the roof that are open or closed depending on the weather. That roof itself is a highlight. I love the colored glass tiles. It's not that big, nor do I think it's that special, but I really like it. It's got a Midwest grandparents house feel to it. Coming during the daylight hours makes this bath much more refreshing because of the colored roof. Once in the summer I came right at 3 right when they opened. There were a handful of customers. It was so nice and refreshing to go there then. Once on a Sunday, which is also free for children kindergarten age and under, It was packed. I really couldn't enjoy myself at all. This is a very small sento and it is very popular in the area and on those busy days it might be best to go somewhere else. Something must be said about the wonderful staff who always seem very nice and friendly. It's a little local secret type of place in a cute, eclectic little neighborhood of subsidized housing, factories, and private homes. I love the funky little station that services this sento. Hayashisaki-Matsuekaigan is one of the longest station names ever. If the name is hard to remember for you Hayashisaki-Matsuekaigan is the second stop after Akashi on a local train heading towards Himeji on the Sanyo line. Only local trains stop there.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: 湧昇の湯Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉pH: 6Type: Neutral - 中性Well Temperature: 27.8Type: Warm spring - 低温線Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性

Tatsu no Yu

Japanese Name: 龍の湯Prefecture: HyogoCity: AkashiAddress: 兵庫県明石市大蔵海岸通1丁目2−2Type: Sento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://www.tatsunoyu1268.com/Price: ¥650 (Holidays ¥730)Holiday: Third TuesdayHours: 9:00-26:00 (Weekends & Holidays: 7:00-26:00)
ReviewGreat water hosted in beat up facilities and used by the Japanese version of the trash from the Jersey Shore thanks to beaches that surround it. Tatsu no Yu is not the best anything. It's been used--heavily. Many people come here after a day of swimming to wash off before returning home. On a hot summer day, this place is packed in the evening with all the beach goers.It's packed for a good reason however, the water here is great. The view is one of Kansai's best: A very close unobstructed view of the Akashi Bridge.If you can go on a weekday evening on a non-beach day, I totally recommend enjoying the water and view from Tatsu no Yu. During the summer beach season, I would recommend staying away.
Hot Spring DataSpring Type: Chalybeate (iron oxide) spring - 含鉄泉Temperature Type: Warm spring - 低温泉pH: 6.8pH Type: Neutral - 中性Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性

*Closed* Sakura-cho Onsen

Japanese Name: 桜町温泉Prefecture: HyogoCity: AkashiAddress: 兵庫県明石市相生町2丁目Type: Sento
Review*Closed* This is a small little bathhouse a few minutes from Akashi station. There's a tile mural along the back wall and a super old changing room that's worth checking out for sento fans. Great retro feel, but not much in terms of baths.