Fukushima City - 福島市

Tsuru no Yu

Japanese Name: つるの湯Prefecture: FukushimaCity: FukushimaAddress: 福島県福島市北町4−18Type: SentoPrice: Fukushima Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: MondayHours: 15:00-23:00 (Sundays 10:00-12:00 / 15:00-23:00)
ReviewTsuru no Yu is the last sento operating in Fukushima city. This is not uncommon across Japan and I felt lucky and honored that I could try out the waters here. It is a normal modern looking sento from the outside. Inside it is quite small. The baths could fit about 5 people comfortably. There were two baths. First was a deeper mineral bath. The other was divided between bubbles and an electric bath. There also was a cold shower along one of the walls. Places like this might not have the best water or variety of baths, but they do have history and a sense of place that you cannot find at a supersento. I thanked the grandmother who was working the counter for maintaining the sento for so long. A photo of her in her younger days hung in the changing room. The sign with the photo said that this bathhouse had been through three generations of family ownership and 2014 would mark its 100th year in business. I hope they can stay around for another 100 years.