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An Example of a Bathtub in a Hot Spring Resort
Do you have plans to come to Tokyo sometime soon?
If you’ll not be able to take a stay-over trip to Onsen (温泉: hot spring resorts) because of a tight schedule, in Tokyo there are plenty of places where you can feel like you are visiting real Onsen. That’s half a day of free time you need. Just bring yourself.
I visited a number of day spas in and around the Tokyo metropolitan area.
I pick up two treasured spas among them. You can reach them within 1-hour form main part of Tokyo.
Jindai-ji Hot Spring “Yukari” (深大寺温泉ゆかり)
Location: Chofu City, from Shinjuku 20 min by train + 10 - 20 min by bus or taxi
The nearest station is Chofu (Keio Line).
Price: 1,650 yen (including rental towels and a pair of pajamas)
Feature: It’s nice and cozy with Japanese Ryokan flavor. The indoor bathing area is not so spacious but comfortable. There are 5 unique bathtubs in open air space: a tub inside the cave, a wooden tab, a tub surrounded by rocks, a tub in a hexagonal hut and so on. I like the tub in the hut!
Tip: The hot spring water is deep brown, which contains ancient maritime component.
English Information on Cool Japan Guide website:
HP (only in Japanese, but it'll be fun to look at the photos):
“Niwa no Yu” (Toshimaen Garden Spa 庭の湯)
Location: Nerima Ward, from Ikebukuro 20 min by Seibu Line (Toshimaen station) or from Shinjyuku15 min by Ohedo subway Line (Toshimaen station), just a 1 – 2 min walk from both stations
Price: 2,250 yen (including rental towels and a pair of pajamas)
Feature: It’s surrounded by greenery, so when I was sitting in the outdoor bathtub, I felt as if I was in distant Onsen. There are three different types of sauna: dry, steam and mist. Nice! Not only the bathing area, there are a pool and outdoor Jacuzzis (bathing suit required).
Tip: Various massages and treatments are available.
English Information on CNN website:
HP (some English captions):
For general bath manner information, David Kawabata’ Site is helpful.
I’ll present another day spas some other time.