Asahi Ward - 旭区

Hondō-yu

Japanese Name: 本道湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Asahi WardAddress: 535-0005 大阪府大阪市旭区赤川1丁目535Access: JR West Shirokitakoendori Station - 5min walk / JR西日本 城北公園通駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/asahi/page/0000464147.html#08Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: 6th, 16th, 26thHours: 15:00-23:00
Review: Small sento but with some amazing tiles! The dividing wall has a Picasso or Miró looking abstract tile art on the wall. I saw a map of Osaka with the Yodogawa, a singing Godzilla monster, a rugby field, and an Osaka obachan while soaking in tubs. They have a small and mild cold-water bath and dry sauna (plus ¥20 for the towel). I saw one guy with tattoos but YMMV. Visit Date: March 2021

New Miyoshi-yu

Japanese Name: ニューみよし湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Asahi WardAddress: 535-0002 大阪府大阪市旭区大宮4丁目526Access: Osaka Metro Sembayashimiya Station - 20min walk / 大阪地下鉄 千林大宮駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://e-sento.com/ニューみよし湯/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: TuesdayHours: 14:00-23:00
Review: Lovely sento with a big wide feeling especially during the daylight when I went. The outdoor bath was top notch. I had a great thought here about my thesis project, so I do not remember much about this place other than really enjoying it. Visit Date: February 2021

Shintoku

Japanese Name: 神徳温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - AsahiAddress: 大阪府大阪市旭区大宮3-6-19Access: Sembayashiomiya Station / 千林大宮駅Type: SentoWebpage: http://www.shintoku-onsen.jp/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: NoneHours: 6:30-26:00
ReviewGreat huge sento down a shopping street not far from the station. There are so many great things about this bathhouse it is hard to describe it all. This one does it right. It is very family friendly too. There are fish tanks in the walls and a small, but very comfortable outdoor area. All of the baths use softened water also for that great smooth feeling.

Shirataki Onsen

Japanese Name: 白滝温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Asahi WardAddress: 535-0005 大阪府大阪市旭区赤川2丁目14 白滝温泉Access: JR West Shirokitakoendori Station - 10min walk / JR西日本 城北公園通駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/asahi/page/0000464147.html#03Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: FridayHours: 15:00-23:00
Review: Amazing sento. You think you have seen it all but then you find another amazing one. Sadly, this one is worse for wear than most sento, so it might be better for a veteran bather than a first timer. There is a bit more green stuff and chipped tiles than I can assume a casual bather might want to put up with. That disclaimer aside, I absolutely loved this one. The channel of water filling the baths was just amazing. Then there is the way the steam sauna on the second floor is heated by jets of scalding hot water shooting on a plane of class looking out over the main bath. It's hard to explain, you will have to see it in person. Seriously, this was one of the most unique bath layouts I have ever seen. Beyond that, the floral tiles at the bathing faucets and drainage gutters were quite beautiful. There was also Mondrian-esque stained glass here and there to enjoy. Speaking to the baths, they were hotter than typical but that may have been my body condition. The jet baths have showers that can "massage" your shoulders and are controllable by a knob. I have seen these before, but usable ones are quite rare. Sadly, there is not much pressure, and I don't think they have much of an effect. The second-floor steam sauna is top notch. They have opened the safety door that used to separate the hot jets of water from the room. I can only assume that the water temperature has fallen with age and use so keeping the door open is the only way to keep the sauna at a decent temperature. I sat on the bench closest to the open window and some of the hot water splashed on me. While I would not advise putting your hand into that stream, the splatter was not too hot in the 45~50°C range, I guess. The accompanying cold-water bath was in the perfect complementary temperature range and amply chlorinated to make anyone feel safe getting in. Lastly there were three quirky things in the changing room to see. 1) The extremely old looking water cooler which I happily used to fill my bottle. 2) The Rococo busty girl mounted on the wall. That was surprising to see. She's got some boobs to be proud of. (Do the girl's side of sento have the same things?) 3) Lastly and the best, the toilet door was a full-length body mirror, and the signage was といれっと in hiragana! Hahah. Like I said above, this sento is in need of repairs but the design is so unique that I do recommend it for sento fans. So the Asahi ward website, Osaka bathhouse association website and Google all have different hours and days off for this place and I did not get a photo of a sign so the holiday and hour data might be different. Visit Date: March 2021