Ibaraki City - 茨木市

Gokuraku-yu Ibaraki

Japanese Name: 極楽湯 茨木店Prefecture: OsakaCity: IbarakiAddress: 大阪府茨木市田中町18−18Access: JR Sojiji Station / JR総持寺駅Category: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: https://www.gokurakuyu.ne.jp/tempo/ibaraki/Price: ¥720 (Weekends & Holidays, ¥800)Holiday: NoneHours: 8:00-26:00 (Weekends & Holidays, 6:00-26:00)Review:I have seen this supersento from the JR train to Kyoto more than a few times and had always written it off as another of the middling Gokuraku chain of supersento. Finally I found the time to head to Ibaraki to visit this sento and was more than pleasantly surprised. This is one of those sento that let you pay a cheaper fee for the normal baths only however I think it is worth paying the full price for this supersento. While they say this is a natural spring and more than just a simple spring, that said it was completely not apparent on the skin or by smell. There was a bit of a salty taste however in the air around the baths. The bathing area is small, but has the full complement of baths. The steam sauna and sleeping bath were particularly nice. As the baths are on the second floor and due to the shape of the roof it makes the sky seem closer than usual--a lovely experience. Indoors the jet baths and electric bath are strong and easy to find a way to enjoy. The cold water bath was also easy to access and not too cold. I had an aversion to the gokurakuyu baths because of the unremarkable experiences at the Amagasaki and Suita outlets. This one, however, made a great impression and would definitely consider returning to despite the lackluster natural spring.
Visit Date: February 2020 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉Well Temperature: 33.1°CTemperature Type: Warm spring - 低温泉pH: pH Type: Neutral - 中性Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic - 等張性Well Name: Ibaraki Onsen Shizen no Yu - 茨木温泉自然の湯

Sansui Onsen
**Closing Dec 31, 2020**

Japanese Name: 山水温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: IbarakiAddress: 〒567-0813 大阪府茨木市大住町2−3Access: 10 min from Hankyu Ibaraki Station / 阪急 茨木駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://e-sento.com/山水温泉/Price: Prefectural Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: WednesdayHours: 14:00-24:00
Review:Sadly closing at the end of the year (2020) despite being in outstanding condition. The steam sauna seems to be the main event here for many of the regulars. It is completed by a quality cold water bath. The rest of the baths including a well laid out electric and a strong waterfall outside plus a strong sunflower jet inside only make this even better. The cold water standing shower has one of the the best shower heads ever too! Design wise its got that 80s bubble mashup but highly detailed and very much purpose built. Get here before it is gone.Article about the closing: https://ibajal.com/news/live/20201011today/Visit Date: October 2020

Sumire no Yu

Japanese Name: すみれの湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: IbarakiAddress: 大阪府茨木市清水1-30-7Access: Toyokawa Station / 豊川駅Type: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://sumireno-yu.com/Price: ¥770 (Weekends and holidays ¥820)Holiday: NoneHours: 9:00-26:00 (Weekends Holidays 6:00-26:00)
ReviewBig family orientated supersento near the development of Saito New Town in northern Osaka prefecture right on the main Route 171. Well designed, very popular, but the actual bathing area is small for the price. Lots of room in the restaurant and comic book room however. Decent place.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Sumire no Yu - すみれの湯Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉pH: 7.7Type: Weak alkaline - 弱アリカリ性Well Temperature: 29.4Type: Warm spring - 低温線Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性