Hirakata City - 枚方市

Gokuraku-yu - Hirakata

Japanese Name: 極楽湯 枚方店Prefecture: OsakaCity: HirakataAddress: 573-1132 大阪府枚方市招提田近3丁目8Access: Bus from Keihan Kuzuha Station - 京阪 樟葉駅Category: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://www.gokurakuyu.com/hirakata.htmlPrice: ¥450Holiday: 3rd Wednesday of the monthHours: 10:00-26:00 (Weekend & Holiday: 6:00-26:00)
Review: Like most Gokuraku supersento I was expecting something middling to not worth the trip. This time I got something better than expected, however it also had Gokuraku’s downsides. This is ¥450 to get in and that is for a larger supersento with a wide selection of baths and a fairly decent natural hot spring. Now the downside of that is you will need to bring your own soaps and shampoos. For frequent bathers like our family that does not matter much as we bring our stuff every time. If you are more casual the nickel and diming that goes on for some single-use hotel pouches of soap and rental towels can make your experience less economical. It is good to know that if you forget your soap there is no need to worry because they have a 100 gachagacha with soap in the changing room! Haha!The price and what seems to be Gokuraku’s business plan, this place is packed. Charge less and get as many people as possible using the baths. It costs the same to run them if one person is using it or 100 so the economics are similar to airlines. During the COVID pandemic it felt a bit weird being around so many people, and this is the busiest sento I have been since the start of COVID. I can only hope that the hot wet air had an antiviral effect!Not sure if this was to recirculate the water because of COVID or typical for this supersento but the cold-water bath was being filled (flooded might be a better word) from a 2 tier fountain running at full speed. Perhaps thanks to the movement of the water the bath was not too cold either. Seriously, this was one of the best cold-water baths I have been in.The spring water here is not too bad either. It had a pencil eraser feel on the skin in the bath but much of an after effect. Still, it was enjoyable and more apparent than some other “hot springs” some supersento offer.One last thing of note was the somewhat beat-up but still strong steam bath. It is a cavernous style one you must duck to get into.If you do not mind how busy this place is or can visit during the off-peak hours, I would recommend checking it out. I took a bus from Kuzaha Station but there also is a free shuttle to Keihan Kuzuha and JR Matsui-Yamate during the morning hours. Visit Date: February 2021 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉Well Temperature: 28.8°CTemperature Type: Warm spring - 低温泉pH: 7.6pH Type: Weak alkaline - 弱アルカリ性Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Spa Valley Hirakata Minami

Japanese Name: スパバレイ枚方南Prefecture: OsakaCity: HirakataAddress: 大阪府枚方市津田山手1丁目24−1Closest Station: Fujisaka Station / 藤阪駅Category: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: https://www.hirakata-u.com/Price: ¥450Holiday: NoneHours: 8:00-24:00Review:Smaller supersento with a focus in spa and massage treatments more so than the baths it seemed to me. The hot spring water is tucked in from Nose and not very noticeable. Best part of this bath is being outside looking out towards the mountains on a sunny afternoon or evening. Hard to access without a car.Visit Date: July 2017 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Simple spring - 単純温泉Well Temperature: 30.3°CTemperature Type: Warm spring - 低温泉pH: pH Type: Alkaline - アリカリ性Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性Well Name: 能勢アートレイク温泉