Matsubara City - 松原市

Kiyomizu Onsen

Japanese Name: 清水温泉 Prefecture: OsakaCity: MatsubaraAddress: 580-0023 大阪府松原市南新町1丁目13−18Access: 10min from Kintetsu Nunose Station / 近鉄 布忍駅Category: SentoWebpage: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: 1st, 2nd, 3rd MondayHours: 15:00-22:00
Review: Sorry, lost my notes about this one, but I remember it being perfectly fine. I'll have to go back sometime.
Visit Date: March 2022

Shinmaneki Onsen

Japanese Name: 新マネキ温泉Prefecture: OsakaCity: MatsubaraAddress: 大阪府松原市天美南5-17-10Access: Kawachi-Amami Station / 河内天美駅Type: Sento w/ natural hot springWebpage: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: TuesdayHours: 12:00-23:30
ReviewA perfect sento. There are so many great things to say about Shinmaneki Onsen I don’t know where to start.The water is from a hot spring well that has calcium. You can really feel the effect of the calcium in the water. The water itself is clear with a low osmotic pressure but a fine sheen of calcium build up can be detected around the tubs. After a few minutes you begin to feel it on your skin. The water here is never slippery or slimy like some baths. It feels more like a dry dust. The feeling stays with you long after you get out. The water is also quite hot. I ended up sitting in shallow spring bath for a few minutes then getting out to cool down with the quite cold water from the basin by the door before entering the bath again and repeating. My daughter enjoyed playing in the shallow bath and area around it. It was a good space to keep an eye on her too.The saunas are on the second floor with a cold water bath on a semi-balcony with some open air access. In the winter it was way too cold, but looked promising for the summer. Pay attention to the great flower tiles on the wall along the stairway up. They are some of the best sento tiles I’ve seen. Very retro and very cute. There are two saunas: steam and dry. Only the dry sauna requires an extra payment.The changing room has a constantly running stream of spring water for drinking. The water tasted somewhat salty and warm. It was good. The posted information about drinking the water is as follows in a loose translation. 1. Talk to a doctor before drinking spring water like this. 2. Each time you drink the spring water only drink between 100 ml and 200 ml. Don’t exceed 1,000 ml in a day. Drink the water 30 to 60 minutes before having food. 3. Don’t drink the water after dinner or before going to bed. 4. If you get diarrhea stop drinking the water. (duh) 5. The water is good for people who are constipated or have intestinal diseases. It’s not good for people with heart disease or high blood pressure.The sign also asks you not to use the hot spring fountain as a sink and don’t pour anything down the drain.The two baths are different and change every day. I will be back to, hopefully, see the other side.Make sure to check out the sculptures made out of 5 and 50 yen coins by door as you enter or leave.The sento is located in a cute shopping district and has a large, for its size, parking lot for both cars and bicycles. I wasn’t able to explore the area as much as I wanted, but it looked like a promising place to walk around and explore.
Update Winter 2018: Still great and you can still drink the water.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Amami Yakushi no Yu - 天美薬師の湯Type: Chloride spring - 塩化物泉pH: 7.2Type: Neutral - 中性Well Temperature: 44.6Type: Extra hot spring - 高温泉Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Shin-Matsu no Uchi Onsen

Japanese Name: 新松の内Prefecture: OsakaCity: MatsubaraAddress: 580-0016 大阪府松原市上田5丁目818Access: 5min from Kintetsu Kawachi Matsubara Station / 近鉄 河内松原駅Category: SentoWebpage: Osaka Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: Monday & TuesdayHours: 14:00-22:00
Review: A bit cold and industrial feeling looking from the outside, but this sento is alive and seemingly well. The utilitarian feel continues inside, with no signs or decorations besides a few posters in the changing room. They call this a nagare bath, and they are right. The main baths are along the dividing wall and filled from the back with a wide and powerful waterfall that fills and overflows a small shallow bath. From there, the water flows into a middle bath that overflows into the final, main deep bath.
Additionally, there is a strong pump recycling bathwater from the bottom of the deep bath. Every bath here had a powerful, energetic feeling that I found enjoyable.
The toilet here is a Japanese-style pit toilet. Rare for the city. I wasn't sure how to flush it.
Visit Date: December 2021