Tondabayashi City - 富田林市

Book & Spa uguisu

Japanese Name: ブック&スパ うぐいすPrefecture: OsakaCity: TondabayashiAddress: 富田林市大字新堂2094Access: Tondabayashi Station / 富田林駅Type: SupersentoWebpage: ¥750 (Weekend & Holidays ¥830)Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-25:00
ReviewUguisu no Yu is a supersento in Tondabayashi in the shadow of the PL Tower. It gets good reviews in sento magazines so I thought it was worth checking out. The rotenburo area is built into a cliff side. With baths and a sauna on 4 levels. Sadly the view is of a Joshin parking lot and generic Japanese suburban sprawl although there are some so-so mountains in the distance to gaze at.The baths are all well built. I liked the very shallow sleeping bath. The concrete bottom made it feel like bathing in a fish pond. At the very top is a Himalayan rock salt bath that felt wonderful. One of the best salt baths I’ve ever been in. According to one of the staff all of the baths are filled with spring water with the exception of the cold water baths. The water did feel somewhat like a onsen but I did not like how vague the signage was. Materials used throughout the building were chosen with care but some of wear and tear was showing. The cedar bath was lined with marble. The only cedar was on the outside and a cedar step in the water which was covered for protection I guess by a plastic mat. The indoor baths were fine. Nothing too deep here. None of the jets were built to hit the upper bath also. I liked the choice of a cold and colder water bath. The main dry sauna had a TV that was way too small and only viewable by half of the seats.The bath has a lot going for it, but it’s far from perfect. Still good place if you live in the neighborhood. Not sure if it is worth driving across Kansai for, however.There is a Marugen Ramen shop on the main street leading to Uguisu. Good place for dinner.