Kawayu Hot Spring

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KuragariRyu
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Went for the public bath over the private bath. The public bath is Japanese style with 3 pools: one hot, one cold, one with jets for massages. Also have shower jet area and dry sauna. All for the price of 200TWD where basic soap and shampoo is provided.
Eating at the restaurant can give you free passes into the either the public or private baths for every 400TWD spent. So there is good value in eating a meal and having a bath. The food is rather nice with enough variety.

It can be very crowded though, with there being queues inside the baths to use the showers.

Location wise: it is not within walking distance from XinBeitou. I would recommend taking a cab up. However, on the way down, there will likely not be any cabs and the bus would be your main option to get back to a train station.

Theme: Very nice, rustic and authentic feel. Good for photo taking.

Overall: very good value, but not luxurious. Enjoyable, especially for those on a budget. Just be prepared that transport is not the most convenient as compared to places near XinBeitou.
Written January 8, 2020
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Victor B
Seattle, WA86 contributions
Solo
I loooooved this place.

I did go only to the public bath, that was NTD 20 -as I understand they also have private baths for about NTD 1000 or so. This is not specially fancy, and I haven't gone to other Taiwanese hot springs to compare.

But as a experience coming from the US or Europe: I can't recommend it enough. They have 3 big pools (very hot, hot and temperate), plus a steam room and a cold plunge. There were people, but didn't feel crowded. It just felt like a place well designed to relax. The hot was hot enough that going into the cold plunge felt great. Not just great -I experienced extreme relaxation, in a very deep level.

People were respectful and nice. As the only westerner in the place when I went, people were kind and welcoming, but without being intrusive. After a long week of work, it was the highlight of my trip.

They offered massages onsite. I was able to take the 508 bus from Shaipei MRT station.
Written April 17, 2018
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Rob-UtrechtNL
Utrecht, The Netherlands12 contributions
Friends
This is a small but nice onsen in the hotspring area of Taipei. The adjecent restaurant offers really good meals for a reasonable price. If you spend more than 200TWD you will be granted free acces to the onsen.

The onsen is seperated for sexes, males and females are seperated. Also it a full naked onsen. You will need 2X 10TWD coins for using the lockers.

There are 4 baths, ranging from REALLY hot, to comfortable, to cooling down tub. Also a steam room is available.

5 showers in the bath area are available for using before the use of every visit and to clean in between and at the end of you visit. Worth a visit.
Written November 16, 2016
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Aleksssa
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It took about 45 min to get to the hot springs from Ximen Station, I had to change once from metro to 508 bus. Admission to hot springs costs 200 NTD, and you need two 10 NTD coins to use a locker (non refundable). Try to bring your own towel, but you can also purchase one at the entrance. You can only pay by cash. If you spend over 400 NTD (plus 10% table charge) per person in the adjoining restaurant, you can use the bath for free. The hot spring was a bit busy on a winter Sunday night.
When you enter the bath first you get naked, take a shower (shower gel and shampoo provided, but nothing fancy) then you can soak in radium or sulphur baths (no time limitations). There is also a cold bath, which is great for cooling down before continuing the soak in the hot ones. The memorable experience for me was entering the sauna, which at that moment was filled with thick steam that obscured ALL vision and made me struggle to find a seat for a while (I was scared to burn myself on something I could not see). Still, I had a great time.
There are some hair dryers next to the lockers. They gave me a shower cap at the entrance, which was useful since the bath is partially outside and it was raining.
I wish I could give a 5 star rating here, since it was a great experience, but I found that the amenities were not good enough and the toilets were smelly, so I can't give more than 4 stars.
Written February 24, 2019
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Kirsa
London, UK48 contributions
As the baths are divided by gender, the review comes divided too:

Me/Female:
It was my idea to come here as really wanted to try the hot springs and really liked this one aesthetically. It is gorgeous looking, charming from the street level all the way to the baths and restaurants. It is old but it's part of the charm! I personally didn't find it gross but I can understand why some other reviews went on that direction.
The female area is way nicer than the male one with more and varied outdoor pools.

My partner/male:
He isn't keen on baths/hot water so asked for a massage. Now that was unfortunate because prior to our visit I personally emailed the Hot Springs and asked about if they offer massages and they replied positively. On the day of the visit, while purchasing the towels and entrance tickets my boyfriend asked again for the massage and the girl at reception said yes, through the spa. So we split ways and when reunited again at the end of my bath he said there were no massage parlor or any staff to even ask so he eventually gave up and left the spa area.

Not sure if both attempts to communicate fail because of language issues or the idea of massage it's different somehow but sadly the experience wasn't pleasant for one of us!
Written December 28, 2018
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marcgatley
Tokyo, Japan45 contributions
Friends
Really nice Japanese style hot spring close to central Taipei. It has a variety of outdoor baths with varying temperatures and mineral density. It was quite easy to find the main entrance to the facility but a bit tricky to find the onsen itself because of all the popular restaurants around it.

Tips:
- Bath towels can be rented for NT$100
- They don’t provide a small towel like regular Japanese onsens
- Japanese style means you have to wash yourself thoroughly and are not allowed to wear a bathing suit in the baths
Written January 3, 2018
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BoywonderTo
Toronto, Canada575 contributions
Couples
This is one of the dozens of hot spring spas in the Beitou district. What make this unique is that it is fairly well known/understood that the men side at Kawayu is a bit of gay cruising hotspot. (I say well known as it is quite apparent and no one there seems offended/surprised by it, and there are numerous articles on this on various gay websites.) My partner and I, both in our early thirties and in pretty good shape, decided to check it out one weekday evening around after work hours. It was fairly busy when we got there.

As noted in previous reviews, there are three pools: a large outdoor pool (can probably comfortably seat a few dozen people) fill with water from the hot spring (the day we visit it was pretty hot, hovering around the low 40s Celsius on the dial); a small heated pool (probably can fit 10) with massage jets, and a small (maybe can fit 4 or 5 at a time max) very cold plunge pool. The pools are generally well maintained and the area fairly clean.

The change room/locker room area is pretty cramped and somewhat unkempt. The shower area (traditional open air Japanese bathhouse style, with people squatting in front of buckets and shower hoses) is right next to it with full view of the pools. Soap and shampoo are provided, but towels are not.

All the men wonder around nude, which is typical at a unisex hot spring spa here. While guys of all ages and shapes check each other out in the pool/shower area with various degrees of overtness, I saw nothing racy out in the open. However, the tiny little sauna room is quite another story. It is generally packed shoulder to shoulder full of men. Wherever a good looking/good shape guy goes in, you can see folks following suits immediately after. And there are certainly quite a bit of adult activities happening in there for all to hear (can’t really see with given how literally steamy the room is). Even for those who enjoy public activities, I cannot imagine it being enjoyable in there given how cramp the sauna is.

I guess how good one’s experience at Kawayu would depend on one’s primary objective. If you are looking for a good soaking at a hot spring spa for an hour or two, this is a reasonably good/well maintained mid-range option. If you are looking for some racy adult encounters, I would say there ought to be some better/more comfortable outlets.

As noted by previous review, admission to the hot spring spa is complementary if you spend a certain amount at the various on-site restaurants (there are more than one, serving Chinese/Japanese/western cuisines), or the admission ticket can be used as credit at the restaurants against your dinner bill. We opted for the latter option, and had a very relaxing dinner at the traditional Chinese restaurant after a couple hours in the pool, listening to the waterfall while we ate. The food at the restaurant is actually pretty good… (though not exceptional enough for me to write a separate review on the restaurant page here on tripadvisor…)
Written May 27, 2015
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Bensiu123
Bangkok, Thailand227 contributions
Friends
There were too many people, and we did not have a relaxing time. It is still a very nice hot spring but I will highly recommend only when there is no people which perhaps in the morning or during working hours. I went there about 7pm and it was too packed, we even had to queue up to use the sauna. Not at all fun when it is cold and you are naked with the rest of the other people.
Written January 7, 2015
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan12,458 contributions
Solo
Kawayu is a Japanese style Onsen in Xinhua Road Hot Spring area. It is a little bit far, but there is a public bus from MRT Shibei station. Unlike Beitou, it is not crowded and I didn’t see any tourist. That’s good. There are two bathing pools outdoors, but both are quite hot. For me, “warm” bath was still hot.
Written July 1, 2019
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Philip
Siem Reap, Cambodia22 contributions
Family
Went with kids and my dad. Good Japan-like experience with semi-open air pools (always a favorite). Three pools of varying levels of heat + icy plunge. Massage beams. Steam bath is nice too. Go mid-morning to avoid crowding. Stunning value if you redeem the entrance ticket in the lunch place just next door—food is quite good.
Written February 2, 2019
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