Suminoe Ward - 住之江区

Kutsurogi no Sato Yuraku

Japanese Name: くつろぎの郷 湯楽Prefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - SuminoeAddress: 大阪府大阪市住之江区北加賀屋3-5-37Access: Kita-Kagaya Station / 北加賀屋駅Type: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: ¥740 (weekends and holidays ¥790)Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-26:00
ReviewA large well decorated beautiful rotenburo is the centerpiece of this urban supersento. Make sure to try out the "Dead Sea" bath that is so salty anyone can float on it, but beware if you have any little cut or sore on your skin it will sting. Then there's the rubber duck bath. Yes, its a bath just stuffed with yellow rubber ducks. My daughter loves this bath just for that. The rock and wood (cypress) themed bath change between men and women daily.
Update Winter 2019: Still very popular, perhaps the best supersento in Osaka city. Check their website for events and other info.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Yujyutsuten Onsen - 湧出天然温泉Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉pH: 8.19Type: Neutral - 中性Well Temperature: 28.2Type: Warm spring - 低温線Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Himematsu Onsen

Japanese Name: 姫松温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Suminoe WardAddress: 559-0013 大阪府大阪市住之江区御崎2丁目5Access: 15min from Nankai Sumiyoshitaisha Station / 南海 住吉大社駅 or 15min from Osaka Metro Suminoe Station / 大阪地下鉄 住ノ江駅Category: SentoWebpage:姫松温泉/Price: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 14:00-24:00
Review: A large and unassuming entrance to this building hides an equally large and equally unadorned sento here. This is a large bathing facility with emphasis on the word facility. It has one of the largest and most spread-out changing rooms I have seen. The bathing area is also large-feeling, but less spread out than the changing room. A standard selection of indoor baths includes a sizable 3~4 person cold water bath. Outside, a mostly enclosed veranda hosts a herbal bath that looks out on a rock garden behind a glass window. There is also a defunct radon bath converted into a medicated bath with bubbles. Everything is here spotless. I would call this a model sento and a good one for a first-timer to visit. They offer their own towels for sale, some retro drinks, and Minoh Beer. This is one of those sento that are very much into preserving and promoting sento culture. While the decorations may be lacking, the rear garden, clean facilities, and friendly staff make this a great soak.
 Also, don't worry about the poorly behaved tattooed bathers mentioned in the Google Maps reviews here. On the weekday afternoon when I visited, all the tattooed guys were well-behaved, as they typically are. Visit Date: June 2022

Spa Suminoe

Japanese Name: スパスミノエPrefecture: OsakaCity: Osaka - SuminoeAddress: 大阪府大阪市住之江区泉1丁目1−82Access: Suminoe Station / 住之江公園駅Type: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: ¥670 (Weekends and holidays ¥770)Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-26:00ReviewSpa Suminoe is one part of a large entertainment complex located next to a kyotei race pool in the southern reaches of Osaka city. The water here has that soft water slipperiness, no smell or color to it however. There is a also trace amounts of radon. The bathing area is very well laid out with a large selection of baths. The maze like outdoor area is really makes you feel like you’re not in the middle of Osaka, but someplace more natural. I loved all the stone and wood used in the baths. The only odd thing is the abundance of TVs but none of them with sound. They also have a super strong jet bath. While all the bathing and changing areas are wide, the reception and sitting area is quite cramped. On the Saturday night there were many kids having fun. A happy family place. On a night with kyotei race next door I would expect more oji-sans.The two bathing areas change periodically. There is a forest (mori 森) and bamboo forest (chikurin 竹林) side.
 Hot Spring DataWell Name: Suminoe Isumi no Yu - 住之江 泉の湯Type: Simple alkaline hot spring - アルカリ性単純温泉Type: Weak alkaline - 弱アリカリ性Well Temperature: 35.1Type: Hot spring - 温泉Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性