Nishinari Ward - 西成区

Asahi Onsen

Japanese Name: 旭温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0031 大阪府大阪市西成区鶴見橋1丁目520Access: 5min from Osaka Metro Hanazonchō [大阪地下鉄 花園町]Category: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: NoneHours: 13:00-24:00
Review: A little beat up here and there but generally clean and with a lot of local usage. Dry sauna in back is popular and it only cost ¥40 for the towel. There's also a small but strong three-person steam sauna. The main baths are all filled from a fountain that then flows the length of the various baths till the end near the entrance—a classic design. Very panoramic painted tile mural of Mt Fuji on the rear wall. Best thing about this place is the full-body jet shower. Perfect temperature and pressure. Make sure to close the saloon door behind you so you don't spray everyone. Visit Date: August 2021

Fukujyu-yu

Japanese Name: 福寿湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0053 大阪府大阪市西成区千本北2丁目2413Access: 10 minutes from Osaka Metro Kishinosato Station / 大阪地下鉄 岸里駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://www.instagram.com/fukujuyu26/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 13:30-23:00
Review: Amazing tile and stone here in this classic Osaka sento. The stone on the floor, lining the tubs and along the benches is old. You can feel the age it the soft bumpy surface of years upon years of water flowing over it. While the main deep and shallow bath is the center of this sento there are also two jets in a rock lined tube in the rear outer corner and a treated, electric bath (with a lovely green yomogi bath salt) in the inner corner. There are also some intricate 4-piece square highlight tiles along the wall near this bath that I have never seen before. Even the men’s Japanese style toilet with the glass block window and overhead tank is amazing. Fukujyu is a beautiful piece of living history, highly recommended. Visit Date: July 2021

Furoya Sanwa

Japanese Name: ふろやさんわPrefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0003 大阪府大阪市西成区天下茶屋北1丁目112Access: 10 minutes from Osaka Metro Dōbutsuenmae Station / 大阪地下鉄 動物園前駅 or JR West Shin-Imamiya Station / JR西日本 新今宮駅Category: SentoWebpage: http://osaka268.com/osakasentou/ふろやさんわ(西成区)/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: SaturdayHours: 6:00-23:00
Review: If you want to know what it sent to would look like in the 1980s if it was brand new go here everything was very well built renewed quite amazing and lots of ways. No sauna anymore. Jets are strong, the electric is conformable and the cold bath is at a pleasant temperature. There is a full-on coin laundry in the changing room in the men’s side and, I assume, the women’s too. That might explain the manner poster telling people no doing your washing in the bath “not even one sock.” Note: This sento is right on the edge of the Tobita red-light district. Visit Date: June 2021

Futaba Onsen

Japanese Name: 双葉温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0041 大阪府大阪市西成区岸里3丁目9Access: 5min from Nankai Kishinosato-Tamade [南海 岸里玉出]Category: SentoWebpage: https://futabayu.jimdofree.com/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: Friday & (maybe) First SaturdayHours: 15:00-23:00
Review: Interesting sento located between the Nankai Koya and Main Lines where they split at Kishinosato-Tamade. Also, an interesting station to look around if you’ve never been there before. The changing room in this bandai style bath is not too cluttered and quite open. Lots of space to move around. The bathing area is also big feeling despite the baths being somewhat small. Sadly, the steam sauna is broken but the dry one seems well used. Not sure about the cost as it seemed to be used freely by the other bathers. There also is a treated bath that probably once was a radon bath of some sort, however the door is now removed. Cold water bath here is small, but that’s ok because there is a 6m by 4 m “pool” outside! Yea! This was outstanding, especially after the 30km hike I took before visiting this sento. The pool is only about 50cm deep, so you are not going to be swimming here. It is more for lounging around in. The main wall has a well-done tile mosaic of some women enjoying swimming in a stream with waterfalls. A metal shelf in the mosaic fills the pool with a wide stream. Not too cold either. I want to recommend this place but this sento could use some work. Some of the tiles were losing their glazing and bubbling plus it was a bit dirty in places. So be forewarned if you try this one out. It did not bug me but might turn-off some bathers. Also, not too sure if there is a pool in the women's side or not. It was hard to tell from the outside. Visit Date: August 2021

Heathy Bath Hanazono

Japanese Name: ヘルシーバス花園Prefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0034 大阪府大阪市西成区松1丁目410Access: 10 minutes from Osaka Metro or Nankai Tengachaya Station / 大阪地下鉄・南海 天下茶屋駅Category: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: Once a monthHours: 14:00-24:00
Review: Good design but not well maintained. The small outdoor area had a lovely cold and herb bath however. There were also some nice tiles with a fish motif. The steam bath was hot and enjoyable. Indoor baths and showers were extra hot, which sometimes I feel might be a sign that the boiler is reaching the end of its life. This sento is next door to a hostile aimed at foreign tourists. I kind of hope they do not venture into this sento as this is not the best example and kind of gives a poor image. Visit Date: July 2021

Mitsuboshi Onsen

Japanese Name: 三星温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0025 大阪府大阪市西成区長橋3丁目532Access: 15 minutes from JR West Imamiya Station / JR西日本 今宮駅Category: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: January 1st & 2ndHours: 11:30-21:30
Review: This sento feels extremely established in the neighborhood it serves. Remolded sometime in its somewhat recent history the current design makes it feel municipal. Great body shower and, for a sento, well designed outdoor bath. The cold-water bath was decent and big enough for 2 people. The dry sauna, which I did not try, had a sign requesting customers from taking the mats home. The men's changing room had a musky smell I was a bit turned off by. Make sure to check out the cool tile work on the ground on the small walkway to the rear of the bath. Visit Date: May 2021

Miyako Onsen

Japanese Name: 都温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0025 大阪府大阪市西成区長橋1丁目13Access: 15min from Osaka Metro Hanazonochō Station or JR West Imamiya Station - 大阪地下鉄花園町駅・JR西日本今宮駅Category: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 11:00-24:00
Review: Smaller than average but well equipped with all of the baths that you would expect. The small and shallow outdoor bath is treated and was a green colored olive and rice bran additive on the day of my visit. Inside there is a dry sauna (+ ¥50) and steam sauna. The steam was a bit weak but good enough. Accompanying that is the cold-water bath which was big enough for two people perhaps. The bath to shower ratio was interesting with a whole lot of showers for not that much bath space. Overall, this sento seems well used and popular with the locals. Very clean inside. Owners were friendly too. Good place! Visit Date: April 2021

Shichifuku-yu

Japanese Name: 七福湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0032 大阪府大阪市西成区旭2丁目623Access: 15min from Osaka Metro Hanazonochō Station or JR West Imamiya Station - 大阪地下鉄花園町駅・JR西日本今宮駅Category: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: SundayHours: 16:00-23:00
Review: This is a very basic utilitarian sento and it appears to be well used by the locals for their daily bath. It seems many of the baths had their jets turned off, but they are still filled with water and useable. The body shower also appears to be inoperable. The electric bath is working as is the sauna. However, the sauna seemed to be rather weak, and I did not see one of the regulars use it while I was there. A larger than average cold-water bath is in the corner. Interestingly, there is a sign in the changing room reminding parents that the cold-water bath is not a pool and to keep an eye on their children. The baths also seemed a just a tad under the normal temperature. Tiles and waiting room are also quite plain. While everything was clean there were a few leaking faucets and chipped tiles here and there. None of these caveats are negative mind you! If I lived here, I would happily go all the time, but this is not one to go out of your way to visit. The water was clean and felt great after getting out of the bath. The owner was kind and happily greeted everyone. Visit Date: April 2021

Tamamizu Onsen

Japanese Name: 玉水温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0052 大阪府大阪市西成区潮路2丁目440Access: 10min from Osaka Metro/Nankai Tengachaya [南海・大阪地下鉄 天下茶屋]Category: SentoPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: SaturdayHours: 13:30-24:00
Review: Wow, the herb steam sauna here smelled like Sleepytime tea—and it was extra hot. Cold-water was a bit on the warm side as common with sento like this. Pretty small overall but everything was fit in just right. Make sure to check out the diorama of a water wheel with a fish jumping out of it above the steam sauna. Unique and enjoyable sento. Recommended. Visit Date: August 2021

Tensui-yu

Japanese Name: 天水湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: Nishinari WardAddress: 557-0014 大阪府大阪市西成区天下茶屋3丁目1827Access: 5 minutes from Osaka Metro or Nankai Tengachaya Station / 大阪地下鉄・南海 天下茶屋駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://twitter.com/tensuiyuPrice: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: WednesdayHours: 12:30-24:00
Review: Another example of a sento fitting in with the new customer base and making infrastructure investments to keep them. While the original feel is very much still prevalent, there are more than a few changes. Biggest is that there must have been a second floor area here that is now closed off using some interestingly retrofitted metal panels. Second, and also quite rare, is that they have a carbonated bath here--a rarity in a sento like this. Other than that there are new titles and fixtures used throughout the bathing area and the bandai has been retrofitted to make it a front style entrance. Lots of guys in my side with a whole bunch of different body shapes, it felt good to see so many young and middle aged people enjoying the bath. This place seemed quite hip actually. Almost too hip! Do not worry, there were also a bunch of old grandpas as it should be. Love that they actually write it out that using the sauna is free but you must wrap yourself with a towel from home or a rental one (50yen). Great option in the area.News story about this sento (in Japanese): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPuM0c2DeCQ Visit Date: July 2021