Public Baths in Tokyo

Tokyo used to have at least one public bath (sento) in each of its numerous neighborhoods, but their number has greatly dropped in past decades. Recently, the popularity of sento has increased a little, with the larger baths offering entertainment, dining and relaxation under one roof, and the smaller, nostalgia-imbued ones allowing bathers to be brought back to the good old days.

Tokyo is not a place where onsen water surfaces naturally, but thanks to modern boring and pumping technologies, it is now possible to get access to naturally heated water virtually anywhere if you bore deep enough. As a result, several larger bath complexes featuring hot spring water have appeared across central Tokyo.

Large bath complexes

Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Short walk from Telecom Center Station in Odaiba
Hours: 11:00am to 9:00am (entry until 7:00am)
Closed: Early closure at 23:00 once per month for cleaning
Admission: 2480 yen (1980 yen after 18:00). Additional 200 yen on weekends and holidays. Additional 2000 yen overnight fee after 2:00.
Opened in 2003, Oedo Onsen is a hot spring theme park in the Telecom Center area in Odaiba which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period. Here you can enjoy various types of indoor and outdoor baths which are fed by hot spring water pumped from a depth of 1400 meters. Restaurants, massage, games and other entertainment, as well as overnight stays are available.

In Tokyo Dome City (near Korakuen, Kasuga and Suidobashi stations)
Hours: Daily 11:00am to 9:00am the next morning
Closed: A small number of irregular closing days
Admission: 2634 yen (extra fee on weekends, holidays and after midnight)
Opened in 2003, LaQua is a popular relaxation oasis not far from Tokyo Dome in the center of busy Tokyo. It features real hot spring pools, saunas, relaxation space and various massage and beauty services. The hot spring water is brought to the surface from a depth of more than one kilometer.

Niwa no Yu
Short walk from Toshimaen Station
Hours: Daily 10:00am to 23:00 (entry until 22:00)
Closed: A small number of irregular closing days for maintenance
Admission: 2310 yen (1295 yen after 18:00, except on national holidays)
Niwa no Yu is a hot spring bath complex a short walk from Toshimaen Station in northwest Tokyo. The oasis in the city features a large Japanese garden, a variety of hot spring pools, a sizable indoor pool, saunas, relaxation and massage areas, as well as dining options. The natural hot spring water is pumped up from a depth of over 1400 meters underground.

Small bath houses

Oshiage Daikoku-yu
5 minute walk from Oshiage Station (exit B2)
Hours: 15:00 to 24:00 (from 14:00 on Saturdays and 13:00 on Sundays)
Closed: Mondays
Admission: 460 yen
Established in 1949, Oshiage Daikoku-yu is an atmospheric, gender-separated sento in a neighborhood not far from the Tokyo Skytree. The public bathhouse has outdoor baths albeit with high walls. The classic interior has wooden flooring in the changing area and a tiled mural in the bath area. Chilled drinks and icy poles are sold in the small lounge area outside. Large and small towels are available for rent, and simple amenity kits can be purchased at the counter. Communal body soap and shampoo are not provided.

5 minute walk from Asakusa Station (exit A1)
Hours: 13:00 to 24:00 (entry until 23:40)
Closed: Tuesdays (following day if Tuesday is a national holidays)
Admission: 460 yen
Jakotsu-yu is a local public bath with a relatively long history in Asakusa. Visitors can mingle with the locals who frequent the bath. A tiled mural of Mount Fuji overlooks the main baths, and there is a roofed outdoor bath. Towels are available for rent, and simple amenity kits can be purchased at the counter. Communal body soap and shampoo are provided.

Short walk from JR Iidabashi Station (west exit)
Hours: 15:00 to 25:00
Closed: Saturdays
Admission: 460 yen
Located in the picturesque backstreets of Kagurazaka, Atami-yu is a sento where the waters are heated by burning wood since the public bath opened in 1954. Both the exterior and interior feature classic, almost vintage, decorations creating a time slip to the past once you step past the threshold. Large and small towels are available for rent; however, amenity kits, soap and shampoo are not provided.

Minami Aoyama Shimizu-yu
Access: Short walk from Omotesando Station (exit A3)
Hours: Daily 12:00 to 24:00 (until 23:00 on weekends and national holidays)
Closed: Fridays
Admission: 460 yen
Shimizu-yu in Minami Aoyama can be found in a quiet lane off the main road in the upmarket Omotesando-Aoyama district. The modern public bathhouse is located on street level under an apartment building with a small coin laundromat beside. There are a number of baths and also background music to create a relaxing atmosphere. Large and small towels are available for rent, and simple amenity kits can be purchased at the counter. Communal body soap and shampoo are not provided.

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