Kyoto City - 京都市

Daikoku-yu

Japanese Name: 大黒湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市左京区山端柳ケ坪町16−3Closest Station: Shugakuin Station / 修学院駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/daikoku-yu03/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: WednesdayHours: 15:00-23:30Review:Lovely Kyoto sento with a quality cold water bath and the exposed faucets for filling the tub. Very close to the station and a good option if you are heading back into the city after hiking in the hills around Kurama.Visit Date: July 2018

Fudo Onsen

Japanese Name: 不動温泉Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市左京区左京区北白川地蔵谷町1-244Category: Hot Spring FacilityWebpage: https://www.fudouonsen.com/Price: ¥1300Holiday: ThursdayHours: 10:00-19:00Review:A hidden, unique bath up in the hills between Kyoto and Otsu. I hiked my way here and rode the bus back into the city. There is some parking also. This is a different style of bathhouse. You enter in what looks more like a small minshuku and get greeted then given a table to sit at and served some tea. At that table you leave your bag and anything you do not need in the bath. The bath here is quite small so you might have to wait to get in. There is no outdoor bath, no sauna, no cold water. It is just a tub filled with some mysterious, unique water. Radioactive baths like this typically attract people who are looking more for health benefits along with relaxation and you will see that here. I recommend going here as long as you know what to expect.
Visit Date: October 2019 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Radioactive spring - 放射能泉Temperature Type: Cold spring - 冷鉱泉

Fufu no Yu

Japanese Name: 風風の湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市西京区嵐山上河原町1Closest Station: Arashiyama Station / 嵐山駅Category: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://www.hotespa.net/spa/fufu/Price: Weekdays: ¥1000 (Weekends and Holidays: ¥1200)Holiday: NoneHours: 12:00-21:30Review:New supersento a short walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station just near the banks of the Katsura River. Wonderful, yet small, place that has unparalleled service. There are only a few baths and it feels more like a very fancy daiyokujyo in a business hotel--which makes sense as Fufu no Yu is owned by the operators of the Dormy Inn chain of hotels. The water is above average for a simple hot spring. It's the location that really puts this place on the map. Besides that the extra services really stand out. There's a small snack corner where you can buy cup noodles and cook them in the nearby mini kitchen and then eat them in the large rest area. They even had take out menus for Pizza Hut there. When we left Mia got a free ice cream because it was Sunday and I got a huge bag of snacks with my drink. Outstanding service from start to finish.
Visit Date: April 2016 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Simple alkaline spring - アルカリ性単純温泉Well Temperature: 35.2°CTemperature Type: Hot spring - 温泉pH: 7.8pH Type: Weak alkaline - 弱アルカリ性Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性Well Name: Arashiyama Onsen - 嵐山温泉

Funaoka Onsen

Japanese Name: 船岡温泉Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都市北区紫野南舟岡町82-1Type: SentoWebpage: http://funaokaonsen.net/dish.htmlPrice: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: NoneHours: 15:00-25:00 (Sunday: 8:00-25:00)
ReviewThis is one of the most famous sento out there. It's super popular with foreign tourists. I enjoyed talking to some exchange students while there. Great selection of baths makes the lack of a natural hot spring inconsequential. Expect it to be busy. This is a must go to sento for any enthusiast.

Ginsui-yu

Japanese Name: 銀水湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市左京区浄土寺下南田町122−1Closest Station: Demachiyanagi Station / 出町柳駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/ginsui-yu/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: FridayHours: 14:30-23:30Review:Very small sento somewhat near Ginkaku-ji. Very local, I got a few "Who's that gaijin" looks from the bathers. Understandable given the tourism in Kyoto now. Great post hike bath.
Visit Date: May 2019

Hinode-Yu

Japanese Name: 日の出湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市南区西九条唐橋町26−6Type: SentoWebpage: http://www.eonet.ne.jp/~hinodeyu/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: ThursdayHours: 16:00-23:00
ReviewHinode-Yu was built in 1928. The sento itself is hidden down a footpath a few minutes walk south of Kyoto station. It is an old Japanese wooden building that fits perfectly in Kyoto. Inside the changing room feels more like a quiet temple. The aged wood floors give a bit under your feet. The lockers for your clothing have vintage glass panels in the doors. The baths are done in tile. Pay attention to the floor where each square is made of 4 perfectly aligned smaller tiles. The water here is normal, but the experience is anything but.

Katsura-Yu

Japanese Name: 桂湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市西京区桂木ノ下町21-2Closest Station: Katsura Station / 桂駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/katsura-yu/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: FridayHours: 15:30-22:30Review:Very retro, small local sento with a funky, eclectic interior decorated with art from local children. A great place and easiest sento to access in the area.
Visit Date: July 2018

Kurama-Yu

Japanese Name: 鞍馬湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市伏見区大津町730Closest Station: Tanbabashi Station / 丹波橋駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.kuramayu.com/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: WednesdayHours: 15:30-22:00Review:Popular local sento with some interesting baths. The bubble bath in the back corner is constantly overflowing with small, white soap-like bubbles. I went here after along hike and found the cold water bath to be exceedingly refreshing. The locals seem (at least the afternoon I was there) to be big sauna users and the cold water bath got a lot of use that day.
Visit Date: August 2018

Kyogoku-Yu

Japanese Name: 京極湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市右京区西京極西川町39−7Type: SentoWebpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/kyogoku-yu/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 15:00-23:00
ReviewPlain city water in this clean new looking basic sento, but it was very clear and clean feeling. The outdoor bath has a strong chlorine smell. The outdoor bath is in a nice spot behind the building that would be refreshing in the summer. The sauna's thermometer mounted high on the wall said it was 110ºC in there. I thought it was nice and hot, but not sure if it was that hot. Also the cold water bath is filled from a tap high enough to stand under. Great for getting cooled off after the sauna.This is a brand new sento. The previous building was demolished and the family rebuilt next door. Although recently built the design is traditional where the family lives above the bathhouse area. You can see the house's front door to the left of the sento's entrance. The brand new feeling is interesting, but it's not yet decorated and needs a few plants or something to cheer up the space--the outdoor area in particular. Currently there is not much out there and it feels like the hot tub in a chain hotel in America. Not a bad thing, however strangely nostalgic.Everyone here knew each other. There was a conference of local Oji-sans going on in the changing room when I got out of the bath. The staff was very nice and I enjoyed being there. They also have a great selection of old style sodas that look like they have been around since the 60's without changing a thing. I had a sweet honey flavored one called Royal Pet.

Kyoto Tower Daiyokujyo ~Yuu~

Japanese Name: 京都タワー大浴場~YUU~Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市下京区烏丸通七条下る東塩小路町721-1Type: SentoWebpage: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-tower/floorguide/spa.htmlPrice: ¥770 (Weekends & Holidays: ¥910)Holiday: NoneHours: 7:00-22:00
ReviewThe sento located underneath the Kyoto Tower. It is just so weird you'll have to check it out. Inside it has a great retro feel with somewhat disappointing baths. Since going here the baths were remodeled in 2012. I'll have to go back and check it out again.
July 2020 Revisit: ¥910 on a holiday for this is a ripoff. Yes it has a nice retro feel but you are only really paying for the location I guess. Not worth it.

Nizaemon no Yu

Japanese Name: 仁左衛門の湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市西京区樫原盆山5Type: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://www.nizaemon.com/Price: ¥700 (Weekends & Holidays ¥850)Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-26:00 (Weekends & Holidays 8:00-26:00)
ReviewNizaemon was sadly not as clean as I wanted it to be, especially the locker room. The building is a bit chaotic. Starting at the parking lot ending in the rotenburo everything seems to be built in strange angles or shapes. Nothing here was straight forward. The baths were fine though and quite refreshing, I would not mind going back if given the chance. There is also not much in terms of competition for supersentos in this part of Kyoto. This place reminded me of Nadeshiko no Yu. It was a bit dreary on the inside and seemed very health orientated. The other bathers who chatted with me in the rotenburo were really kind and funny.Good luck getting here even with a car! It is on a very busy Kyoto street Route 9 - San’in Road) in a hilly section. If coming by bus you can take #29 from Shijyo-Karasuma, #6 from Hankyu Katsura and #73 or #33 from Kyoto station. More information is available on their website.
*Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: #1 Simple spring - 単純温泉 #2 Chloride spring - 塩化物泉Temperature Type: #1 Warm spring - 低温泉 #2 Extra hot spring - 高温泉pH Type: #1 Weak alkaline - 弱アルカリ性 #2 Weak alkaline - 弱アルカリ性Osmotic Pressure: #1 Low - 低張性 #2 Low - 低張性Well Name: #1 Ichi no Yu - 壱の湯(1号源泉)#2 Ni no Yu - 仁の湯(2号源泉)

Sagano Onsen Tenzan no Yu

Japanese Name: さがの温泉 天山の湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 〒616-8315 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨野宮ノ元町55−4-7Type: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://www.ndg.jp/tenzan/Price: ¥1050Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-25:00
ReviewSomewhat overpriced always busy supersento in a part of Kyoto with not much else to choose from. Clean, modern building. Quite attractive.
*Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉Well Temperature: 34.3°CpH: 7.23Well Name: Tenzan no Yu - 天山の湯

Shimabara Onsen

Japanese Name: 島原温泉Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都市下京区西新屋敷中堂寺町69Closest Station: Tanbaguchi Station / 丹波口駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/shimabara-onsen/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: FridayHours: 14:30-24:00Review:Small but perfect. Great radon bath with a rock lined wall giving it a cave like feel. Cold water bath hit the spot after a day of hiking. Cool little statue in the main bath.
Visit Date: April 2019

Shinchi-Yu

Japanese Name: 新地湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市伏見区南新地4−31Closest Station: Chushojima Station / 中書島駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/shinchi-yu/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 16:00-23:00Review:Amazing living history style sento. Worth the trip. Steam sauna. Make sure to use the restroom and buy their postcards.
Mia says: 銭湯の行っている人がそごく優しくって色々教えてもらえました。後、お湯は熱かったけど、なれってきたらすごく気持ちよかったです。
Visit Date: June 2019

Tensho no Yu Daimon

Japanese Name: 天翔の湯 大門Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市右京区西京極大門町19−4Closest Station: Nishikyogoku Station / 西京極駅Category: Sento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://tensyonoyu.web.fc2.com/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: TuesdayHours: 14:00-25:00Review:The Kyoto city sento with a natural hot spring. Very Kyoto local and you will get a few looks. The spring is outside and you can drink it. Decent spring with a brown tint to it.
Visit Date: June 2018 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉Well Temperature: 35.5°CTemperature Type: Hot spring - 温泉pH Type: Neutral - 中性Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性Well Name: Tensho no Yu - 天翔の湯

Ume-Yu

Japanese Name: 梅湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都市下京区木屋町通上ノ口上ル岩滝町175Type: SentoWebpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/ume-yu/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: ThursdayHours: 14:00-26:00 (Weekends 6:00-12:00, 14:00-26:00)
ReviewClassic Kyoto feel sento located somewhat downtown.

Yutopia Daigo

Japanese Name: 湯〜とぴあ ダイゴPrefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市伏見区石田大受町31−4Closest Station: Ishida Station / 石田駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://yutopia-daigo.jp/Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: FridayHours: 14:00-24:00 (Sundays & Holidays: 10:00-24:00) Review:Large very hard working sento with a strong family atmosphere. A bit smokey in the snack counter/lounge area. For as big as this place is the bath area is quite small. 2 cold baths one on both floors. The sauna seems to be the local meeting spot for the neighborhood men.
Visit Date: June 2019

*Closed* Kotobuki-yu

Japanese Name: 寿湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨折戸町18−3Closest Station: Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.kyo1010.com/kotobuki-yu03/
Review:Small local sento somewhat near the Arashiyama area. Out of the tourist area so it is pretty much just locals here. My hiking partner and enjoyed talking to the locals and using the well water cold bath.
Visit Date: May 2017

*Closed* Tenzan no Yu - Kibune

Japanese Name: 天山の湯Prefecture: KyotoCity: KyotoAddress: 京都府京都市左京区鞍馬貴船町18-2Closest Station: Category: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://www.kibune-tenzan.jp/
Review:One of the most beautiful supersentos around. Two different sides changed daily with some great views of the river below. It closed suddenly in January of 2017 for unknown reasons. While the spring water was trucked in from its related supersento in Arashiyama the quality was not bad. They didn't hide this fact, but they didn't really advertise it either. Bummer.
Visit Date: March 2016