• Bath

    Sakurayu in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

    Address: 406-4新京極通三条下る桜之町, Nakakyogo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture Telephone: 075-221-4062 Nearest train station: Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station (398m) Facilities: warm bath, hot sauna, electric bath? Sakurayu on our blog: Experience Report: Sakurayu – After walking past this medium-sized sento hidden in a small side street of Teramachi in the heart of Kyoto I decided to take a peek inside and have a dip in the process, and I am not disappointed. On the contrary.

  • Bath

    Genkakyo Onsen in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

    Address: 1-5-33林寺, Ikuno Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture Telephone: 06-6731-4843 Nearest train station: Momodani Station (712m) Facilities: warm bath Unique point: this bath was built at a cost of ¥80,000 in 1937. The Statue of Liberty in the main entrance is a play on words, the Japanese for bathing being ‘nyuyoku’, which sounds like the Japanese way of pronouncing New York. This sento has many highlights, such as stained glass, a grampus on the roof, all granite bathroom, etc. Genkakyo Onsen on our blog: 6 Unique Sento – With over 6,000 public baths in Japan there are bound to be a few unique ones. Here are just a few.

  • glossary

    Definition of Denkiburo

    Electric elements on opposite sides of the denkiburo send an eletrical current through the water. When the bather sits between the two elements the current will tighten the muscles where it hits the body. This is meant to stimulate bloodflow through the muscles and is thought to have a positive effect on chronic pains. Be careful because if used in an improper way the denkiburo will do more harm then good.