Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro

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Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro

Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro
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Onsen Resorts • Thermal Spas
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9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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The Saya-no-yu open-air hot spring is a natural hot spring that is fed non-stop directly from a natural source located 1,500 meters underground. The greenish brown tinge of the water comes from its rich sodium chloride content, which is said to provide excellent thermal effect. It is also called "netsu-no-yu" (thermal bath) for this reason, and is also good for neuralgia, chronic rheumatism, and poor circulation.In addition to Saya-no-yu, there are fourteen other types of baths, plus a ganbanyoku hot stone bath (an additional fee is required for the hot stone bath).
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Neighborhood: Akabane / Itabashi
In Akabane and Itabashi, visitors can get a glimpse of the ordinary day-to-day life of Tokyo. On the east side of Akabane station, there are many traditional shopping districts and small izakayas, while on the west side, there’s a modern shopping mall. Itabashi is currently being developed as a residential area with a huge 1.1km long shopping street that extends from east to west. Rows of shops and izakayas target the down to earth everyday needs of locals. Both Akabane and Itabashi are notable for their easy access to the city center as well as their proximity to Ikebukuro.
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travelholic99
Hong Kong, China987 contributions
The onsen is just an hour away from Shinjuku by trains. It is small but new and clean. It is not touristic and has less people there, so it is quiet and relaxing. A few outdoor hot baths and a steam room to try. There is a restaurant inside the facility, providing Japanese food of affordable prices. It was a very pleasant experience to me. I spent 4 hours there on a cold Sunday. I will go again in my next trip to Tokyo.
Written March 3, 2020
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Thank you for a wonderful review. Sayanoyudokoro is a real hot spring in Tokyo. You can enjoy Japanese traditional culture at a reasonable price, such as natural hot springs, Japanese traditional architecture and gardens, and homemade Japanese food.Please come again, we look forward to it..
Written March 4, 2020
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YKSF
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If you like a ryokan (Traditional Japanese style hotel) with hot springs, but you don't have enough time to travel, this is the place to go. It's 30-40 minutes from Shinjuku and the place is a renovated Japanese old residential. They offer tatami rooms, a Japanese garden, and soba noodles in addition to the hot spring. There are many modernized hot springs (called super bath or Spa) in Tokyo, however, this place has a charm that other places don't offer. You get a list band to pay food or other expense and pay at the end. No cosmetic stuff (lotions, etc.) is available. Be aware.
Written February 27, 2020
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Thanks for a nice review. For you, Sayanoyudokoro is the perfect facility to experience traditional Japanese hot springs. Real hot springs, Japanese traditional houses and gardens, delicious Japanese food. You can enjoy it at a reasonable price in Tokyo. Please come again.
Written February 28, 2020
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1957Pierre
Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
Family
One of the best and cleaniest onsen that I visited in Japan. I lived in japan for six years and when I found out about this onsen, it became part of my living set-up. I was going almost every week. This is a unique experience in a large city like Tokyo. Massages, food etc are excellent.
Written February 7, 2013
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Mikiiiiii310
Tokyo, Japan6 contributions
Friends
My friends are kicked out because they have tobacco size of small tattoos. They are from France, it is not unusual to have a tattoo.
They were looking forward to have hot spring experience in Japan and visited here by several trains and long walk. (This place does not have good access from main part of Tokyo)
When we were in changing room and got half naked, a staff came to them and asked them to go out immediately. I asked to the staff if they can stay because they are foreigners, it is normal to have tattoos, but she strictly kicked us out and did not tell any reason why they have to go.
I think the reason why thermal places do not accept tattoos is, tattooed Japanese people are considered as antisocial forces. But young Japanese people have tattoos for fashion nowadays. That old concerns can not apply to even foreigners.
It was such a shame they are not understanding people.

*Me: Japanese, don't have tatoos
Friends: French, have tatoos
Written February 8, 2017
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Dear Mikiiiiii310. We are sorry for making her feel bad even though she visit our onsen far away from France. In addition, we are sorry that the staff did not have enough English ability to explain why we do not allow people who have tattoos even if it is very small. People with tattoos cannot enter hot spring or swimming pool in Japan. The reason for this is that if we allow people with even small tattoos to enter, we will not be able to say no to big ones or to those type of the people who prefer to menace the others with tattoos. To avoid the trouble we put a notice at the entrance and on our homepage saying we will not accept guests with tattoos. We are afraid that it is not prominent enough to attract her attention. If they hide their tattoos with a bandage or something, we will not say no. And also we have a private Onsen (with extra charge) where even people with tattoos can enjoy hot spring without being seen from others. We sincerely hope she will come back and try bathing again.
Written February 15, 2017
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Micki M
Los Angeles, CA20 contributions
Inspite no English was spoken, we were very comfortable in this suburb spa. Very traditional and family oriented. Its worth the trip by subway and then 7-8 min on foot since you'd be probably be staying somewhere more central in Tokyo. Real mineral spa. No swim suits here, man and women are separate. Kids welcome. Restaurant included, you pay for everything on your way out at the machine by scanning your locker key. YES YOU NEED CASH
Written March 29, 2017
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Dear Micki M. We are very happy to know that you enjoy having a Japanese style onsen. We are looking forward to serving you soon.
Written March 31, 2017
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smilesesq
California375 contributions
My family of 4 enjoyed a few hours at this onsen earlier this week. My youngest daughter loves hot baths/hot tubs and thought it would be fun. Yet my older daughter absolutely did not want to be naked in front of strangers. Since my younger one really wanted to try it, she did a ton of research on-line and searched for onsen within 30 minutes of where we were staying in Tokyo, with outdoor and private onsen, and well-rated. She found this onsen (which has a great website with photos and lots of English explanations of the protocol), so I made a reservation via email. I booked a multiple course lunch and a private onsen room. Regular public admission doesn't require reservations. Note that I emailed three times before receiving confirmation. Not sure what happened as they said they had emailed earlier, but nothing was in my in box or spam filter.

My older daughter used the private onsen room for one hour while the 3 of us went to the public baths (my husband was alone on the male side).

We don't speak any English but were briefly checked in by an English-speaking woman. This was after we walked in and saw rows of shoe lockers. No English signage there but we figured out from watching other guests that we had to be barefoot and store shoes there (for 100 yen per locker). I thought they would offer slippers but they didn't. I also managed to put my 10 year old's sandals in the same locker as my shoes while my husband put our 13 year old's shoes with his, thinking we'd just save 100 yen. But after we checked in, she sent me back to pay for another shoe locker as each "adult" needs their own shoe locker key on an stretchy wrist bracelet. So I put in 100 yen for an empty locker. NOTE: they return the 100 yen when you return the key, which surprised me as the coin just rolls out of the slot!

After we put our shoes away, we walked into the main building to "check in." Once the English-speaking woman let us rent towels, she left with my older daughter to take her to the private onsen. Then the rest of us were left trying to figure out where to go. I ended up following some ladies into the ladies' side while he followed some men.

I deducted a star as more guidance for non-Japanese speakers would make this an outstanding experience. Since phones are not allowed inside once folks are naked, I couldn't use Google Translate on any of the signs. I had no idea what any of them said. I also saw today, from reviews here, that others received an English brochure--we never got one. Offering more guidance to non-Japanese guests would have made this a 5 star experience.

Once inside the women's section, I looked to others and copied their actions (e.g., disrobe, store clothing/phone/purse in locker, put shoe locker key bracelet inside and just keep general locker bracelet on your wrist--I had both bracelets on until I saw others only had one bracelet--sit on stool and wash before entering any baths, splash self with lukewarm water and then cold water at the end before you leave to put on clothes again).

I enjoyed all the outdoor baths the most. The indoor baths had sliding glass floor-to-ceiling windows and bubbles (like a hot tub), but they weren't as charming as the outdoor ones. I only spent about an hour in the baths, as I knew my teen daughter only had her room for an hour. I could likely have spent 2 hours there, as it was very peaceful and relaxing. The soothing heat helped relax some tense back muscles!

Afterward, the four of has a lovely multiple course lunch in the Sakura room (which you can reserve ahead of time via email). It was visually stunning and tasty, but SO MUCH FOOD. We actually had to request an end to the meal as we couldn't even finish what was before us. I don't know how much food was left but it was way too much for even hearty American appetites!

I believe we had several beautifully composed vegetable dishes, shabu shabu (each guest had their own delightful soup basin over a flame to cook meat and vegetables into), tempura, soba, and more! The serving staff were very attentive and detail-oriented. The man kindly showed us the handy iPad interface to order beverages and call for staff.

When you leave, you scan your shoe locker bracelets at an ATM-like machine near the exit and then pay. I think our final bill was around 32,000 yen, which was a great value given the multi-course gourmet lunch for 4 (6,000 yen per person and we had 4 people so no room rental fee for the Sakura Room), private onsen for one hour (2,000 yen), general admission (1100 yen per adult on weekends/holidays, discounted price for elementary school kids of 750 yen) and 4 towel set rentals (310 yen per towel set).

I highly recommend this experience. You may be the only foreigners, but it's a special treat.
Written September 24, 2019
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Thank you for a nice review. Thank you for your daughter's search for Sayanoyudokoro. After reading your review, we thought we needed to make a more friendly and helpful guide for foreigners. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't receive my reply. Even so, I'm glad you asked again. Where did the confirmation email I sent go? Please come again.
Written September 25, 2019
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MNG
Singapore, Singapore287 contributions
Family
This was our first visit to an onsen and was pretty clueless what to expect.
The staff was helpful though very little English was spoken. Brochure in English was offered to explain the expectations.
After overcoming our initial shyness, we enjoyed the indoor and outdoor, which I thoroughly enjoyed the latter. The temperature was perfect for me.
They also have sauna and massage offered.
For approximately 1000 yen including towels, I thought it was reasonable.
Written December 23, 2018
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It was good that the first experience of hot springs was wonderful. We are striving to make it a hot spring that customers from overseas enjoy with confidence. Sayanoyudokoro offer natural hot springs and Showa houses, Japanese garden and Japanese food at reasonable prices. There is a new surprise anytimeeasonable prices. Please come again.
Written December 23, 2018
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Fordstaff
Calgary, Canada75 contributions
Solo
A local onsen. Not a tourist trap. This is where the locals come to. It's "old school" but very clean. Nothing fancy, just a great place to soak, to think, to bathe, to relax, and to be cleansed. Also ate lunch here, which was DELISH!
Written May 21, 2018
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Thank you very much for coming to Saya-no-Yudokoro. Please come again, I'm waiting.
Written May 22, 2018
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Emily B
Los Angeles, CA121 contributions
Friends
My family friend, who is a former Miss Japan, recommended this onsen in Tokyo, so naturally I had to go since I covet her beautiful skin lol. There are outside baths which is fabulous in the cool autumn air, and lovely to look at the fall trees. I loved the akasuri (skin sloughing treatment) which left me with baby smooth skin. It is a bit far (about an hour, with two train changes), and it's a bit of a trek from the subway station, but the entrance fee is pretty reasonable (under 1000 yen) compared to the onsens in Tokyo (which can range in the 2000+ range). This is a good place for an original onsen experience, without having to travel far. Would I spend the extra 750 yen for the upstairs hot stone experience? Do it once, and it is a good place to take a nap.
Written December 2, 2017
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Thank you for your comments on our Saya-no-Yudokoro onsen. We are very happy to know that you are satisfied with our services. Next time, please try hot stone spa on the second floor. We are quite sure that you will feel far more refreshing in bathtub after getting enormous sweat in the hot rock room. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.
Written December 3, 2017
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Isaac L
270 contributions
Couples
Have been searching for a outskirt of Tokyo onsen place but close to Tokyo. Finally got to read the positive comments on this wonderful place. Pretty easy to locate. Took a subway from Nippori about 30mins to Simurasakaue. Walking distance took about 10mins. Greeted by the beautiful zen garden entrance.. We place our shoes individually and lock it deposit 100yen returnable. Next proceed to the counter and greeted by friendly staff. Telling you the do's and dont's especially tattoo's are not allowed in onsen. Male's and female's onsen is separated. Walk into locker room select a locker with keys place your belongings and undress totally naked including handwatch etc. Carry the keys with you. Usher into the onsen room starting with pouring warm water on yourself couples of times. Then proceed to Washing yourself up cleaning scrubbing from head to toe. Wash all clean and proceed to onsen of your choice indoor or outdoor. Wonderful experience soaking in the outdoor onsen of about 40degrees feeling relax. Entrance fee is unlimited. Stay as long as you like. There is restaurant ..menu in English.. payment using your locker key as credit. There is also facilities like massage room(fees payable) and sleeping area. Entrance fee is all day long..fees varies on weekdays and weekends checkout their websites.. do not hurry to check out If you wanna Continue ..just leave your belongings in the locker and you can still grab a bite and go for another round of onsen. Would love to visit again!
Tips.. Bring along Your Own towels. Else you need to pay additional if you rent from them.
Written November 29, 2017
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We are very glad to know that you are pleased with our Saya-no-Yudokoro onsen. We are quite sure that your kind comments how to enjoy Japanese onsen and our place are really helpful for future foreign guests. We are looking forward to serving you again soon.
Written November 30, 2017
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