Kasagi Village - 笠置町
Kasagi Ikoi no Yakata
January 2020 Update: The bathhouse is closed indefinitely until further notice.
ReviewRebuilt in August of 2015 this is an amazing day use hot spring. Really it surprised me how great the spring here was. So smooth and soft on the skin, Kasagi goes into my secret onsen list. It is just that far away from anyplace to make it a fun day trip. There is a nearby camping area on the river that looks like it is always booked full. When I returned home from here the train was packed full with hikers so there must be a lot of hiking in the area. I just liked exploring the little town. Back to the baths there are a good selection of sizes. The second largest bath has ramp entrance that I assume is for barrier free access but fun to walk down also. Small but refreshing rotenburo is filled with spring water but it is also an herbal bath. The time I went hojicha (a type of roasted tea) was put in the water and I loved it—especially that tea smell. Kasagi is part of the rural Kyoto tea growing region and has just a wonderful feel to it. Coming out here for the bath and just getting away from the city is highly recommended.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Wakasagi Onsen - わかさぎ温泉Type: Bicarbonate spring - 炭酸水素塩泉Type: Weak alkaline - 弱アリカリ性Well Temperature: 32.5Type: Warm spring - 低温泉Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性
Uji City - 宇治市
Japanese Name: 有馬湯
Price: Kyoto Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)
A great little sento I happened upon just across the street from JR Uji station. I was on a day tip with Yuko who kindly let me take a quick bath as she had a dessert at the cafe next door. The cafe next door looked really good too, but since this is an onsen blog I won't dwell on that. The sento was basic, small, and wonderful. Mid-afternoon is always my favorite time to take a bath. Arima-Yu is a very well kept and at least 70 years old. The baths were hot and the water was crystal clear. The electric bath was just the right strength and the jets were strong. The small single bench sauna lacked a TV but the piped in music was just as good, plus from the sauna there's a window into the changing room which was a first for me (since then I’ve found other places with this). The waterfall bath also was a lovely surprise. From the outside the entrance is quite old, you can tell where the original entryway gives way to the remodeled portion. Men and women have separate doors leading out to the street with a arrowhead shaped row of shoe lockers which divides the entryway on the inside. An unusual design. Despite its simplicity I deferentially recommend this sento for its access, baths and atmosphere.
Genji no Yu
Japanese Name: 源氏の湯
Address: 京都府宇治市 大久保町大竹52
Brand new very stylish supersento with an amazing well. This one is a bit pricy, but they give you quality in return. Upon entering the entire builing feels like it was done right. The indoor baths are of ample size and selection. It has one of the best artifical carbonated water baths I've been in. They really pump the bubbles into the water here. The saunas are both wonderful, and the steam sauna had a great fragrance in it when I was there. The cold water bath is one of the best I've been in. It's a dark grey, somewhat rough concrete tub that is quite deep. Perfect for a hot day or after a long hike. The main hot spring fed outdoor bath has very shallow and some deeper areas with a very well thought out design. The spring is also of fairly high quality.
Don't miss out watching the model trains in the lobby. My daugher liked them as much as she liked the baths.
Hot Spring Data
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring ナトリウム-カルシウム塩化物泉
Type: Neutral - 中性
Well Temperature: 29.1
Type: Warm spring - 低温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic - 等張性