Otsu City - 大津市

Hira Topia

Japanese Name: 比良とぴあPrefecture: ShigaCity: OtsuAddress: 滋賀県大津市中央3丁目6-4Access: Hira Station / 比良駅Type: Hot Spring FacilityWebpage: http://www.hiratopia.com/Price: ¥610Holiday: New Years (年末年始)Hours: 10:00-21:00
ReviewBeautiful little day use hot spring on the foothills of a mountain. There’s even a “mallet golf” course here. The spring was surprisingly good with the only downfall being the small, awkwardly shaped bath with the straight from the well 28.7c water. I walked here from OhmiMaiko Station after taking a swim in Lake Biwa. It was a nice walk and didn't take too long. There is a free bus from Hira Station however that I used on my way back home. See website for details.

Kagura-yu

Japanese Name: 神楽湯Prefecture: ShigaCity: OtsuAddress: 滋賀県大津市中央3丁目6-4Access: Shimanoseki Station / 島ノ関駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://www.city.otsu.lg.jp/kenko/kenko/se_eisei/1387788077827.htmlPrice: Shiga Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: FridayHours: 16:30-22:00 (Sunday, Holidays: 16:00-22:00)
ReviewSmall basic sento somewhat close to JR Otsu station. Good to know if you are in the area and looking for a bath.

Ohmi-yu

Japanese Name: 近江湯Prefecture: ShigaCity: OtsuAddress: 滋賀県大津市錦織3丁目12−23Closest Station: Otsukyo Station / 大津京駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://www.city.otsu.lg.jp/kenko/kenko/se_eisei/1387788077827.htmlPrice: Shiga Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: Monday Hours: 15:30-22:00
Review:Very basic sento with a living artifact feel. Glass door lockers with wicker baskets. Strong local following it seemed. My daughter (8 years old at the time) was able to go in by herself with no problems so that is a big bonus. Not too far from Otsukyo Station.
Visit Date: January 2019

Yoki-yu

Japanese Name: 容輝湯Prefecture: ShigaCity: OtsuAddress: 滋賀県大津市栄町17−10Closest Station: Ishiyama Station / 石山駅Category: SentoWebpage: https://mobile.twitter.com/youkiyu_1126 - https://www.city.otsu.lg.jp/kenko/kenko/se_eisei/1387788077827.htmlPrice: Shiga Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: TuesdayHours: 15:00-24:00
Review:Just looking at the facade of this sento you should know something is special. Inside this sento is one or the cleanest examples of a sento of this age still in existence. There has been some remodeling but the main parts are still there and they look unchanged. 4 baths along the dividing wall... Jet, deep, shallow and medicated. Today the grapefruit and lemongrass was for body aches after sports so after our 18km hike today it felt great. Yes, I would have liked a cold water bath, but a few buckets of cold water from the spout was more than sufficient.Overall, this is a great classic sento in amazing condition and worth going out of your way to check it out.
Visit Date: April 2019