Tawaramoto Town - 田原本町

Gokō Onsen

Japanese Name: 五光温泉Prefecture: NaraCity: TawaramotoAddress: 636-0312 奈良県磯城郡田原本町新町Access: 10 minutes from Kintetsu Tawaramoto/Nishi-Tawaramoto Station / 近鉄 田原本駅・西田原本駅Category: SentoPrice: Nara Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: FridayHours: 16:00-21:30
Review: Nara sento can be fairly basic and you go there for the atmosphere. You don't expect seeing bubbles, jets or a steam sauna. However, Gokō Onsen give you a full sento experience like you were in Amagasaki, but instead you are in the bucolic Nara plain. Smaller than a more urban sento but well proportioned with a blue and white tile color scheme. The somewhat weak but quite enjoyable steam sauna with its accompanying tap water temperature cold -water bath was the highlight here as far as baths go. Behind the windowed wall along the back of the sento is a small outdoor rock garden with a small ornamental pagoda setting the aesthetic. There are more than a few cracks here or there, but overall it appears to be well loved and a great option for a full featured sento experience in Nara Prefecture. Visit Date: June 2021