There was an extremely comfortable public bathhouse in Minato-ku, Tokyo! Learn how to enter a public bathhouse at Minami Aoyama Shimizu-yu's variety of baths!
Minami Aoyama Shimizuyu" has a history of over 100 years
According to Mr. Masataka Okura, the fourth generation owner, its history is quite old: ""It was already there when my grandmother, who was born in 1903, was born, so there is no doubt that it has a history of more than 100 years. There are no documents remaining as to when it was founded, but it may have been around since the Edo period.""
It was originally located in Sendagaya-mura (now Jingumae, Shibuya-ku) in the middle of Killer Street. Later, it moved to its current location in Minami-Aoyama due to the development of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. At the time, it was just an ordinary sento anywhere, but 15 years ago, Mr. Okura, the fourth generation owner, decided to renovate it into a sento with special attention to detail.
It was aging, and we thought about closing it down. But we never thought of closing it down again,"" he said. But if we stopped here, we would never be able to run a sento again. We thought it would be interesting to have a public bathhouse in Aoyama, so we decided to stick to the current facilities.
Recommendations for bathing in a variety of baths
●All baths use soft water
Soft water is used for all bath water and water bath water. The advantages of soft water are as follows.
・Soft water washes hair and skin moistly and does not make the skin feel clammy after bathing.
・Soap and shampoo lather more easily, and less soap and shampoo is needed.
・Less irritation, so it is safe for people with sensitive or dry skin.
・Warms the body well and does not get cold easily.
・Ion balance is close to that of sodium hot springs, which are generally known as "beauty water."
You can take a bath with nothing since a hand-held set (320 yen), rental towels (bath towel/face towel 310 yen), and colored towels (260 yen) are provided.
It's not complicated! Guide on how to enter a public bathhouse
Fees are paid at the front desk or at the bandai. Depending on the bathhouse, you can either pay in cash or purchase a ticket from a ticket vending machine and hand it in at the front desk. In most cases, saunas are charged separately.
Here are the bathing fees for public bathhouses in Tokyo
Adults (12 years and older) 500 yen (tax included)
Middle-aged (6 to 12 years old [elementary school students]): 200 yen (tax included)
Children (under 6 years old (preschool children)) 100 yen (tax included)
When you enter the bathroom, the first thing to do is to splash yourself with hot water. It is an ironclad rule to rinse yourself in the washing area before and after taking a bath in the tub. Fill a tub with hot water and cover your head or take a shower to remove dirt. The purpose of kakeyu is to acclimate the body to the hot water. It is recommended that you wash your body before getting into the bathtub. For those who take a bath without washing their bodies, please use kakeyu to thoroughly remove dirt and grime.
Appropriate bathing time is 5 to 10 minutes for hot water and about 20 minutes for warm water. The standard time is about the amount of sweat coming out of the forehead. After you are well warmed up, wash your body in the washroom. Many kalans have separate hot and cold water, so adjust the hot water in the tub as you use it. When showering, make sure that the hot water does not splash onto the person next to you.
Check out other public bathhouses in Minato-ku.
Aqua Garden Mitsukoshi-yu
It is a popular secret to be able to taste the hot spring feeling by the fee of the bathhouse while being in the city. On the right side of the entrance, there is an open-air bath "jade-no-yu" On the left side, "Wagtail-no-yu" which looks like a garden. There is also a Cypress counter bar, where you can enjoy a full bath. Other features include an electric bath and sauna.
Closed: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, temporarily closed
Azabu Kuromimizu Onsen Takeyu
Since it was opened as a "radium hot spring" in Taisho 2, the Bamboo hot spring which has been loved by the person of Azabu Taketani-Cho took the approval of the hot spring as "Azabu Kuromimizu (Kokubi sui) Onsen" in 2002. As the name implies, the transparent hot water is the effect of fatigue recovery, cold, stiff neck, back pain, etc. (non-smoking in store)
Closed: Mondays, Fridays
Fureai no Yu
Boasting hot hot water and a powerful whirlpool bath, the use of a dryer is free. The temporary luggage storage Service is also popular with Sento runners. There is a large TV in the separate resting room, where you can relax with a cup of juice or drink. We value the neat greetings and cleanliness.
*January 2: 9:00-13:00
Closed: Mondays (if Mondays fall on January 2, January 5, May 5, and the third Monday in September, they will be transferred to the following day), year-end and New Year holidays (January 1, January 3, January 4)
* Due to congestion on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, we do not offer changing clothes or luggage storage for running use.