Kainan City - 海南市

Kinokuni Onsen

Japanese Name: きのくに温泉Prefecture: WakayamaCity: KainanAddress: 和歌山県海南市日方1274−76Closest Station: Kainan Station / 海南駅Category: Hot Spring FacilityWebpage: http://www.w428.jp/kinokuni/index.htmlPrice: ¥730Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-22:00
Review:This is a very interesting set up. The hot spring is inside an elder care home but open to day users. The spring is amazing feeling and has a dark brown color. I went here after a very difficult hike and this bath was completely refreshing and surprising high quality. The sauna and cold water baths were also well built. Being in an elder care house, the bath here was pretty basic in design. The design felt like it would fit perfectly in a business hotel. They sell 2L bottles of the spring water to take home and put into your own bath like bath salts--not for drinking.
Visit Date: June 2019 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Chalybeate (iron oxide) spring - 含鉄泉Temperature Type: Warm spring - 低温泉pH Type: Neutral - 中性Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性


Japanese Name: 宝湯Prefecture: WakayamaCity: KainanAddress: 642-0001 和歌山県海南市船尾172Access: 15min from JR Kainan [JR 海南]Category: SentoPrice: Wakayama Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: One day in three. Best to call and check.Hours: 16:00-21:00
Review: Lovely after-the-apocalypse sento. This might be a top 10 because the water felt great. Was it well water or just my weirdness? I didn't ask the owner, so I'll never know. There are photos stuck up everywhere of local places and ones around the world. I assume the owner took them all. There's a puzzle of Audrey Hepburn above the sink in the changing room. There is stuff to look at everywhere. In the baths there are real living plants growing on a ledge that has PVC pipe acting as an additional support—just in case. Below that ledge is a basin that fills the main bath. That bath is tiled in all the major bath tile motifs. There are painted tiles, the circular river rock looking ones, square ones, rectangular ones, and hexagons. All the tiles are represented. A great place for tile enthusiasts like me. So, if you have one choice of place to go in Kainan and you are interested in the history and culture with your bath but not afraid of an older place, I recommend going here. The water feels great, and the place is beyond unique. Visit Date: August 2021

Taishō Onsen

Japanese Name: 大正温泉Prefecture: WakayamaCity: KainanAddress: 642-0001 和歌山県海南市船尾11520Access: 25min from JR Kainan [JR 海南]Category: SentoWebpage: https://itp.ne.jp/info/301274435300000899/Price: Wakayama Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: One day in four. Best to call and check.Hours: 16:00-23:00
Review: Who knew that Kainan city was like the YamatoTakada of Wakayama? This is another city with 3 supers retro sento and one unique natural hot spring facility Taishō Onsen had a lovely grandmother working the front. There was a terrarium with three beetles on the main table in front of the TV. It really felt more like a living room than a changing room. The toilet was a Japanese style pit toilet—so rare! I guess this is due to the age of the neighborhood and how close it is to the sea. It’s easy to tell you are near the water thanks to all the tsunami evacuation signage in this area. Taishō is listed in the book of retro sento. It’s got cred. There are two baths deep and an oddly rectangular shallow. The latter I guess would be great for kids. As far a sento go this is one for the people who like walking around old Japanese, Showa era neighborhoods that are aging beautifully. The bath is just fine. If you're only (and I mean ONLY) looking for a bath perhaps you should go elsewhere. But if you interested in taking in all the history of this town, please try it out. Visit Date: August 2021


Japanese Name: 内海湯Prefecture: WakayamaCity: KainanAddress: 和歌山県海南市名高355Closest Station: Kainan Station / 海南駅Category: SentoPrice: Wakayama Prefecture Public Bathhouse Association price or cheaper (sauna, if available, may be extra)Holiday: ?Hours: 16:00-22:00
Review:I gave this sento 4 stars on Google, however unless you fit into either of these two categories you should NEVER go to this sento. 1) You are a local who has been going to this sento for your entire life. 2) You are an extreme sento academic. You study, love and treasure every last broken tile and pile of built up dust. This is not a place for even your most hardened sento fan. I loved it. It did pass the Wakayama Prefectural Public Bath Sanitation check in 平成28.
Visit Date: June 2019