Chuo Ward - 中央区

Asahi Plaza Shinsaibashi

Japanese Name: 朝日プラザ心斎橋Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - ChuoAddress: 大阪府大阪市中央区西心斎橋2丁目12-22Access: Namba Station / 難波駅Type: Capsule HotelWebpage: from ¥800 (1hour)Holiday: NoneHours: 24hr
ReviewInteresting pricing system for capsules. If you want a power outlet and a TV you have to pay more. If you just want a power outlet or a TV you pay less. If you don't need either, you pay even less. <-- This is now different with a number of capsule options including group capsule rooms. Check out the website for more information.
I barely remember staying here. It was on an all nighter with some friends from work. I do remember thinking that the sub-basement baths and saunas were good but not as nice as New Japan in Umeda.


Japanese Name: 末広湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - ChuoAddress: 大阪府大阪市中央区日本橋1-16-5Access: Nipponbashi Station / 日本橋駅Type: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 6:00-25:30
ReviewSmall sento hidden behind a shotengai near Nipponbashi station at the top end of Osaka’s DenDenTown electronics store district. As it is one of the closest sentos to the stations in this area, It is a good one to remember if you want to take a quick bath. The sento itself is really small. It has a decent selection of baths. The best one is the well fed cold water bath. The well water is soft to the touch and a great way to cool off on a hot Osaka summer day.


Japanese Name: 清水湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - ChuoAddress: 大阪府大阪市中央区西心斎橋1-4-18Access: Shinsaibashi Station / 心斎橋駅Type: SentoWebsite: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: SundayHours: 6:00-24:00
ReviewIf you want to ride an elevator naked this is the place for you. Shimizu-yu is the only sento in the heart of the Shinsaibashi and Ame-Mura super hip shopping districts in Osaka. It’s just down the street from the Apple Store. Great place to start the evening before hitting the bars.

*Closed* Dotonbori Onsen

Japanese Name: 道頓堀温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - ChuoAddress: 大阪府大阪市中央区高津2丁目3−15Type: Sento
Review*Closed* Never have I ever been so interested in the design of a sento. Dotonbori Onsen receives a star for it's style, despite of how confused, eclectic and despondent as it is. Located just at the edge of a love hotel district in front of an adult video store and the National Bunraku museum, Dotonbori Onsen is lost in time. There are three stages to this onsen, visually speaking. The lower third is the classic sento tile. Browns, whites with floral motives a Spanish looking cross and something like your grandmothers doilies, plus the various basic coin sized tiles. These tiles are beautiful, but not so unique. It gets better as you go up. The middle third is the rebellious in your face stage. A giant tile mosaic of a fish on the back wall all in bright colors, the bright red tile that wraps around the central fountain that fills the main baths, the amazing wall that separates the men's and women's section with it's mosaic of multi-colored amorphous, lava-lamp splotches. It makes me wonder who designed these walls. Were they the work of trained artists, the architects or merely the owners own amateur, yet quite amazing, hand. The top third blends classic and modern together. The wall that encompasses the outdoor bath is done in beige coin sized tiles, with large stained glass windows in muted colors. The upper walls leading towards the main exhaust windows has a very simple square and rectangle motif done in what appears to be paint and concrete, reminiscent of some American abstract artist of the 60's. Now imagine all of this in a state of graceful, yet quite apparent disrepair. The bright red tiles of the central fountain have been washed stark white by years of flowing water. The sliding door to the outdoor bath is removed and propped up on the outside wall. The bath is exposed to the outside, but seemingly perpetually covered by a tarp. There are cracks in the windows and ancient looking dust high in the rafters. It's doubtful that this sento could ever be repaired to its apparent original luster. So go to this one while it's still around. Finally, the baths were nicely laid out and had a very unique feel due to their design. One of the jet baths even had a strength control, although it was broken. The water was normal, the showers were strong, and the atmosphere was wonderful. I would like to thank a reader for recommending this sento along with some others.

*Closed* Tamatsukuri Onsen

Japanese Name: 玉造温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - ChuoAddress: 大阪府大阪市中央区玉造1-12-7Type: Sento

Review*Closed* Tamatsuki Onsen is a popular sento open all night on Saturdays. Nice use of tile, baths are somewhat basic. There is a radon steam sauna and a radon salt bath that was not so hot that I enjoyed. The second floor sauna is amazing. Walking up the small narrow staircase the heat from the sauna gets you sweating before you even get to the door. That door is also TOO HOT TO TOUCH. I had to use my towel. Inside the tight L shaped room there's enough room for 4 or 5 people at most. The thermometer said the temperature was 115C! This was the hottest sauna I've ever been in and I doubt I'll find one as hot. Overall it was an interesting sento and worth checking out.