Sumiyoshi Ward - 住吉区

Tatsumi Onsen

Japanese Name: 辰巳温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: Sumiyoshi WardAddress: 558-0001 大阪府大阪市住吉区大領5丁目1011Access: Osaka Metro or JR West Nagai Station - 10min walk / 大阪地下鉄・JR西日本 長居駅Category: SentoWebpage: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: WednesdayHours: 15:00-22:30
Review: This one was quirky from the start. The advertising light boards had been replaced. I have never seen those renewed ever never-the-less with brand new images! The name of the sento was inside a search box type motif even--quite interesting. Inside there were a bunch of younger guys drinking and smoking. Yep, smoking is still ok here! If you want to have that experience here is your chance to smoke cigarettes in a sento. I used to do it and a nice naked sento smoke is a unique experience. Tattoos also seemed to be OK but YMMV.In the changing room you need a 100-yen coin (returned) for the lockers. First time to see that in a normal sento. Then there were three half globes with moss, or some other plant attached to the main mirror. There was a water cooler. Then there was the poster with the history of the Fujiiryōki massage chairs. Those old ones you often see in the sento still working are from the 1950's. Wow!In the bath you'll have some great pebble style tile all around but especially in the kakari basin. There are also bags, the refill bags from the home center, full of shampoo, conditioner and body soap hanging from the wall in the most unique fashion. The owners here are definitely proud of their sento and willing to think outside of the box.Oh! and the baths were pretty nice, good deep and shallow. Small, but very enjoyable, waterfall filled cold water tub. The treated outdoor bath, despite being super small, was my favorite. There is also a dry sauna here but that costs extra.Interesting place, very quirky, recommended.
Visit Date: March 2021