Kishiwada City - 岸和田市


Japanese Name: だんぢり湯Prefecture: OsakaCity: KishiwadaAddress: 大阪府岸和田市八幡町4−57Access: Haruki Station / 春木駅Type: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: "Royal Baths" ¥750, normal baths ¥450 Holiday: NoneHours: 7:00-25:00
ReviewSomewhat strange feeling supersento in Kishiwada. Great cold sauna. More like a big sento than a supersento. This place uses a two tiered charge system. If you just want to use the normal indoor baths there is a lower price. For the full price you get a plastic widget that you can use to open a door and access the better baths. The showers in the back also have free shampoo and body soap. I was indifferent to this place. Next door is a Marugen ramen restaurant which has some super spicy ramen which was the highlight of the evening.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Danjiri-yu Onsen だんぢり湯温泉Spring Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉pH: 7Well Temperature: 37.2°CType: hot spring - 温泉Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Kumeda Bath Center

Japanese Name: 久米田バスセンターPrefecture: OsakaCity: KishiwadaAddress: 596-0813 大阪府岸和田市小松里町1054Access: 10min from JR West Kumeda Station / JR西日本 久米田駅Category: SentoWebpage: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 16:00-23:00
Review: I love the name of this sento. It's the bath center, but it could also be a bus center? I know of two sento with this nomenclature in Kansai, so I wonder if it was a more popular name back in the '80s.
Not too far from Kumeda station, this is the only option in an area where options begin to get sparse. I ventured to this sento on my way out of the mountain on a long hike. Rather than take the bus into the town through the foothills, I just did the whole walk to the station, stopping off here before getting on the train.
This is a very open and airy place. It seems that it could fit many more people than the few guys there during my visit. I even had the entire bath to myself for a few minutes. The baths were adequate but a bit cooler than average, I felt. The mosaic-tiled floors were nice on the feet, while the various other tiles and glass bricks, some colored, on the upper half of the dividing wall were nice on the eyes. That said, some of the fixtures were broken, and the entire place could use a deep clean and capital investment if it is going to stay around much longer. Good if you are in the location but not worth heading out of your way to visit.
Nearby are some interesting things to see. The Kumedadera temple complex was quite beautiful. There is also a drained lake with a lovely park surrounding it. I am sure the lake would look better with water in it. Not sure why it was drained.
Visit Date: January 2022

Shiki Matsuri

Japanese Name: 四季まつりPrefecture: OsakaCity: KishiwadaAddress: 大阪府岸和田市大沢町1158Closest Station: Category: Hot Spring FacilityWebpage: ¥750Holiday: Hours: 9:00-21:00
Review Update Jan 2021: Big changes here which brought some good and some bad. All the baths that the original review was written about are no longer in use. The day use (and I assume overnight guests) now use baths on the ground floor you enter the building on. A new lobby with vending machines, tables and beanbags is available. This section along with the rest of the experience seems like a newly built business hotel trying to be fashionable and hip. Once into the changing rooms you will be amazed by just how HUGE the space is here. Same with the baths. The bath to floor ratio here sucks. There are only two baths here an indoor one with trucked in water from Taki no Yu in neighboring Kaizuka city and outdoors is the local spring in an l-shaped tub. Both baths are shallow and there are no jets or bubbles or anything. It was hard to judge the view as we went after the sun went down but I did not seem like you could see the river like the old outdoor bath. There is also an upstairs area which is just an open balcony to stand around naked in. Bathing in the forest air, I guess? Would be good if it was a summer afternoon, but this was a rainy winter night. My guess is that they had more plans for this place but COVID-19 killed the budget. Maybe they will add more on in a few years after the tourist market returns. Both springs are nice with the local one being more noticeable. This offers a good chance to compare two springs which have different compositions but there is not much else worthy of driving so far out of your way for. If you are headed up here as part of a day in the hills and taking a bath before going home or staying overnight, it would make more sense. Going out of your way only for this only would only be for fanatics like me. There is not even a cold water bath!OH! I almost forgot. You need two 100 yen coins to use the shoe and clothing lockers here! They are returned, but make sure you have them ready. There is even a warning sign by the shoe locker.
Old Review:Hotel, outdoor resort and day use hot spring in the hills above Kishiwada city. Hiked up the adjacent valley then down this valley to get here. It's about 6 to 7 km from the top of Mt. Izumi Katsuragi. Very quiet on the Friday afternoon I visited. It looks like there has been some remodeling done recently in the baths and including the foot bath I am writing this post from. The spring is noticeable, but of average quality with a slippery feel. The baths are basic but there is a cold water so it worked for me after a 25 km hike. Accessible by a free shuttle bus and paid city bus.
Visit Date: July 2019 *Hot Spring Data*Local SpringSpring Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉Well Name: Ushiitaki Onsen - 牛滝温泉 Off Site Spring*Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Radioactive spring - 放射能泉Well Temperature: 26.2°CTemperature Type: Warm spring - 低温泉pH: 8.2pH Type: Weak alkaline - 弱アルカリ性Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

The tanker truck from Taki no Yu