Himeji City - 姫路市

Mori no Yu

Japanese Name: 森の湯Prefecture: HyogoCity: HimejiAddress: 兵庫県姫路市南駅前町25Type: SentoWebpage: http://www.morinoyu.com/Price: Hyogo Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: The 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of the monthHours: 13:00-24:00
ReviewA seemingly popular local sento a stone’s through from JR Himeji station, Mori-no-Yu left me happy and refreshed. Not too large but quite well built, the baths all were lined with the same blue, 500 yen coin sized tiles. This very health themed sento had many posters showing bathing courses, bath tub exercises, and notices about health related things posted on the walls. I loved the extra hot 43.5 degree bath that complemented wide and shallow cold water bath. They also had a knee height bath that was filled with smooth white stones for massaging the bottom of your feet. Amazingly refreshing, but quite painful. I know a good sento if I leave it feeling taller, my back straighter, and ready for the next week of work, and that’s how I felt leaving Mori-no-Yu.
Update June 2020A bit has changed since I first came here about 10 years ago, but the bath here is still awesome. This time I was in the opposite side, I think. Hot, normal, warm (carbonated) and a cold bath made this great for post hike refreshment as was the stone filled foot massage bath. Great place although they will assume that you are a foreign tourist like everything in Himeji recently.

Seppiko Onsen

Japanese Name: 雪彦温泉Prefecture: HyogoCity: HimejiAddress: 兵庫県姫路市夢前町山之内掛ノ谷甲120Closest Station: Category: Hot Spring FacilityWebpage: http://www.e-yamasa.com/seppiko/Price: ¥800Holiday: 30 Dec ~ 1 JanHours: 10:00-19:00
Review:I had high hopes for this bath given the name and difficult to reach location--if headed by public transport. After hiking up Mt Seppiko, I walked the entire distance from the mountain all the way through a few little villages to the hot spring. Located in a rural cottage looking building with a small restaurant the baths were spartan on the interior. The outdoor section was outstanding however and great for some nakked post hike sunbathing. Sadly there is no cold bath here so placed one of the bathing chairs for the elderly under the standing shower and sat there with the cold water spraying down on me. The spring quality was noticeable and quite nice but I wish it was used better or a straight from the well cool bath was available.Visit Date: August 2018 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Simple alkaline spring - アルカリ性単純温泉Well Temperature: 25.5°CTemperature Type: Warm spring - 低温泉pH: 9.91pH Type: Alkaline - アルカリ性Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性