Hirano Ward - 平野区

Irifune Onsen

Japanese Name: 入船温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Hirano WardAddress: 大阪府大阪市平野区平野市町3丁目12−15Closest Station: Kami Station / 加美駅 & ShinKami Station / 新加美駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.irifune.info/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: FridayHours: 14:00-24:30 (Sunday: 6:00-24:30)
Review:This one goes into the category of between a sento and supersento. Still normal sento pricing. Modern design with a good selection of baths. The locals here come for the the 50 yen sauna. I can tell they like it as they all follow the rules--bath towels all wrapped around the waist, washing off before going into the cold bath. Pretty small actually but it feels big on moderately busy Saturday night when I went. Good electric, medicated and outdoor bath. Sadly the outdoor shower is broken and the cold water bath was a bit small, but the selection of other baths made it fine. Family friendly place. I liked it!Visit Date: October 2019

Ogon-yu

Japanese Name: おーごん湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Hirano WardAddress: 547-0025 大阪府大阪市平野区瓜破西2丁目428Access: Osaka Metro Kire-Uriwari Station - 10min walk / 大阪地下鉄 喜連瓜破駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.hiranoku.info/268link/t_ogon.htmlPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: WednesdayHours: 14:30-23:00
Review: Getting in I was surprised about how cluttered and uncluttered at the same time this sento was. Some corners are super clean, and right be behind that corner is a stack of detritus. This is one of the baths that used to have the body dryer, however it is broken. I have yet to find a working example of this in the last 10 years. I guess they either cost too much to repair or there are no more parts! Getting into the bath and washing off I thought to myself that some places were showing their age here and there this appeared to be a healthy sento. Sadly, after washing off and looking around the entire facility that opinion changed drastically. Let's say this first, what this sento has that is still working is working very well, was clean and enjoyable. The main deep and shallow baths are piping hot. The bubble, jet and electric bath were fine. The single person sized cold water bath was great and I loved the late 70's angular waterfall filling it. The dry sauna looked enjoyable, but I did not use it. So that is what you get. What you do not get makes this place a bit sad. The radon steam sauna is broken. It looks like it would have been outstanding too. Same goes for the empty outdoor bath that had a keyhole shape and was quite big for the size of this sento. Sadly, I see this place closing soon. It would be awesome if they could find some money to do some capital investment and repair the outstanding facilities, they have but, again, I do not see that happening. Visit Date: March 2021

Shōchiku Onsen

Japanese Name: 松竹温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Hirano WardAddress: 547-0022 大阪府大阪市平野区瓜破東2丁目136Access: Osaka Metro Kire-Uriwari Station - 10min walk / 大阪地下鉄 喜連瓜破駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.hiranoku.info/268link/t_syochiku.html http://osaka268.com/osakasentou/松竹温泉(平野区)/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: ThursdayHours: 15:00-23:30
Review: There is an old school liquor shop with some silly murals that distracted me from seeing the entrance to this sento as I walked by. So, make sure to keep your eyes open. Inside there is a big entryway and waiting room with a kind of empty and cavernous feeling to it. A grandma was taking a nap in the retro massage chair next to the front desk. The chair and the grandma seemed to be of the same age. The changing room was nice and clean in a basic kind of way. The men's toilet is a Japanese style and if you're squatting down with the window open there is a good view of the sky thanks to another empty lot on the other side of the building. General selection of baths with a good electric bath here. The sauna seems popular with the locals. Outside there is a two or three-person sized bath and they had cut hinoki wood soaking in the water the day I went. Not sure if that made any difference, however the water here in the showers and all the baths felt very soft. There is also a waterfall bath outside which was extra strong and great for the shoulders. Very friendly seeming place in a very local neighborhood of Osaka. A heavily tattooed guy chatted with me a bit as we were washing off. So, I can only guess that tattoos are OK… however YMMV. Good if you are in the area. Visit Date: March 2021

Tachibana-yu

Japanese Name: 橘湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Hirano WardAddress: 547-0006 大阪府大阪市平野区加美正覚寺1丁目1618Access: JR West Hirano Station - 10min walk / JR西日本 平野駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://www.hiranoku.info/268link/t_tachibanayu.htmlPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 15:00-23:00
Review: This sento is placed into an oddly shaped lot which has made it that the while the entrance way and the changing room are quite big the actual bath area is pretty small. There's a good steam sauna however it is a bit weaker than what I would like. A small but decent cold bath that only fits one person compliments the steam well. There are a few jets, electric, deep, and shallow for the rest of the baths. All in all, a fairly basic sento. There's some interesting tile along the faucets and on the dividing wall. They look like fireworks or a hard disk defragmentation map or whatever you see in their abstract loveliness. In the changing room there are posters for fire hazard prevention meetings up on the wall. This is the second sento I have been to this month that was big on fire protection. The toilet and a kind of jerry-rigged smoking balcony are in the courtyard. Every sento has a local crowd that have a certain way a certain route they fit into and while visiting this place I was 100% not doing the route that everybody else was no matter how hard I tried I felt like I was in someone’s way. This happens to everyone, just do your best to fit in. Also, although it is a pretty small sento, it seems the locals really like their sitting around time. Not worth going out of your way for this one, but a great option if you are in the area. Visit Date: March 2021

*Closed* Yamato no Yu - Hirano

Japanese Name: やまとの湯 平野店Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - HiranoAddress: 大阪市平野区平野北2−70Type: Supersento
Review*CLOSED* Small. Very small. That said it has the highest quality well of all the Yamato no Yu chain supersento that I’ve been to. The water has a good silky feel to it that stays with you well after getting out of the bath. Sadly the locker room and bathing areas are small. So are the entrance and lounge areas—this is common for the Yamato no Yu chain however. When I went the heater for the main shallow indoor bath was broken it was being filled with the spring water at its natural temperature of about 37 degrees and I loved it. Mia had a ton of fun in the warm water. It is a great contrast to the heated spring water in the outdoor baths. So again, it is small. Too small. try to go on a normal weekday and not a holiday night like we did. If you live in the area, be happy you have pretty decent supersento near by.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Yamato Onsen - やまと温泉Type: Simple spring - 単純温泉pH: 8Type: weak alkaline - 弱アリカリ性Well Temperature: 37.4Type: hot spring - 温泉Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性