Joto Ward - 城東区

Fudo-Yu

Japanese Name: 不動湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - JotoAddress: 大阪府大阪市城東区天王田13−14Access: Hanaten Station / 放出駅Type: Sento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://fudouyu.com/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-23:00
ReviewFrom 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 ゆ, 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 wouldn’t 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 DataWell Name: Fudo-Yu 不動湯Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉Type: Weak alkaline - 弱アリカリ性Well Temperature: 37°CType: Hot spring - 温泉Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Fukakusa Onsen

Japanese Name: 深草温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Joto WardAddress: 大阪府大阪市城東区成育5-18-11Closest Station: Sekime Station / 関目駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://www.facebook.com/fukakusa4126/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 14:00-24:00
Review:Fukakusa Onsen is a beautiful little local sento only 5 minutes from Sekime Station. A great option for a bath close to Kyobashi Station. It's quite small in the bathing area but the design is very cosy. I love the large TV and many viewing options from the tubs. Highly recommended.
Visit Date: March 2016

Kegon Onsen

Japanese Name: 華厳温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - JotoAddress: 大阪府大阪市城東区鴫野東2丁目19−5Access: Shigino Station / 鴫野駅Type: Sento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://fudouyu.com/kagen/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-24:00
ReviewA 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.
Update 2019: Still lovely. They have free body soap and shampoo now. Still unsure of the name is it Kengon, Kegon, or Kagen?
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Shigino Kengon Onsen - 志宣野華厳温泉Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉pH: 7.32Type: Neutral - 中性Well Temperature: 40.5°CType: Hot spring - 温泉Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Paresu Onsen

Japanese Name: パレス温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Joto WardAddress: 大阪府大阪市城東区関目3丁目4−8Closest Station: Sekime Station / 関目駅Category: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: WednesdayHours: 6:00-25:00
Review:Cool design with lots of little places to explore and chill out in. Met another gaijin here and had a chat. Great cold water server in the bathing area.
Visit Date: April 2017

Shingu Onsen

Japanese Name: 新宮温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - JotoAddress: 大阪市城東区鴫野東3-28-13Access: 10 min from JR or Osaka Metro Shigino StationType: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: WednesdayHours: 15:00-24:00
ReviewFrom the moment when you slide the glass door open and chimes sound out, you will know that this is a unique sento. First, the baths. This is a three level, peak sento with steam and dry saunas. The full range of baths are here and two cold water baths. One is on the lower floor with a stream of water from the ceiling falling 7 meters into the tub. Great to put your shoulders or neck under for a pinpoint massage. I assume they do not want you to put your head or hair into the stream judging by the way the informational sign is written. The second cold water bath is a circular tub with a commanding place overlooking the main floor or of the sento. It is the same general layout as Yakumo Onsen in Amagasaki. The outdoor bath has a shallow and deeper section and is filled from a little waterfall--quality. Which brings me to the second great thing about this sento, the decorations. This sento is covered with things to look at. The outdoor bath is decorated with small coloured lights and plastic ramune bottles. The large light fixture that illuminates the area has a silhouette cut out inside of it to make it look like a full moon with the rabbit making mochi. Inside along the walls of the bath are various sento related texts laminated and posted to the wall. Fun to read while you soak. The stairs are bordered by happy plastic flowers. The decorations continue into the changing room and entrance area. Too much stuff to document here in text. I recommend going there and just enjoying it as a unique museum to the owners’ various interests.
Visit Date: March 2020

Suzuran Onsen

Japanese Name: 鈴蘭温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - JotoAddress: 大阪府大阪市城東区成育4丁目22−7Access: Sekime Station / 関目駅Type: SentoWebpage: Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: Third ThursdayHours: 6:00-26:00
ReviewA 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.

Utopia Shiratama

Japanese Name: ユートピア白玉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - JotoAddress: 大阪府大阪市城東区蒲生2-7-36Access: Kyobashi Station / 京橋駅Type: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: NoneHours: 6:00-26:00
ReviewOnly a short walk from Kyobashi Station is this large sento. Interior it’s a bit worse for wear and not a clean as I would wish, but the selection of baths and great atmosphere make up for any shortcomings. Shiratama is one of those unique baths that is very deep Osaka. The saunas are hot and large. There's a lukewarm not so deep long rectangular bath that's set aside as a kid's pool. The cold water bath has a great wide waterfall filling it. Overall the best bath is the well water filled rotenburo. It's not an onsen as the well is a cold water well and the water is heated for the baths. That said, the water has a strong spring water feel to it--better than other real "onsen" at supersento that charge twice the price. This might not be a good place for the sento beginner, but for anyone who loves Osaka and loves sento it's more than worth the walk.

*Closed* Maneki-yu

Japanese Name: まねき湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka-JotoAddress: 大阪府大阪市城東区中浜3-25-20Type: Sento
Review*Closed* 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.

*Closed* Momokusa-yu

Japanese Name: 百草湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - JotoAddress: 大阪府大阪市城東区諏訪1丁目2−24Type: Sento
Review*Closed* 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

*Closed* Tofuku Onsen

Japanese Name: 東福温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka-JotoAddress: 大阪府大阪市城東区古市3-15-23Type: Sento
Review*Closed* Found this place walking from Tsurumi-rokuchi and didn’t have a bath set with me. I did have my daughter and my nephew however. My wife was fine with waiting in the women’s side and not going in—despite saying that it looked like a good sento—while I took the kids with me. The large not too deep warm swimming pool bath was a hit for the two 5 year olds. They didn’t want to leave! They actually bring up going all the way across Osaka to go back to swim in that bath. Besides the pool, there was a good selection of normal baths along with a little garden. Tofuku is a quality sento that is right above a subway station. I also liked the selection of “mens” reading materials and ashtrays in the changing room. This sento keeps it real.