Jakotsuyu
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Neighborhood: Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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groovedigger
Los Angeles, California61 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
Great place where you don't have to feel like you have to hide your tattoos, which are prohibited in most public baths in Japan. You can also show up empty-handed and rent everything you need on site! It's not expensive.

Upon entry, lock your shoes up and take the key. Then proceed to the vending machine, where you buy your ticket(s). Since I had no towel, soap or anything, I paid for the entry, then towel rental, and the razor/soap kit. The machine spits out a bunch of tickets, which you then hand to the attendant, and he hands you everything you paid for. Then proceed to the appropriate gender-separated bathroom.

Strip off your clothes and put them in the locker. You can take the small hand towel with you, but basically you'll be walking into the bathing area nude. Sit on one of the stools in front of a faucet, lather yourself up, wash your hair, and use the buckets to dump water over yourself to rinse. Then proceed to the soaking pools. Don't ever bring soap or shampoo into the soaking pools!

I got into the "electrical pool" at first by mistake. What a shock (literally!) Other pools are very hot or very cold, but very relaxing. Just a note ... the water is not crystal clear, so don't be shocked to see brownish or yellowish water coming out of the faucet. It's true hot spring water from the ground, so there is a distinctive look and smell. But it's clean!

The place is not easy to find; in fact the first time I tried to find it, I was not successful. Search "Jakosuyu Onsen Asakusa" online and you'll find some great descriptions, photos and directions. It's in a small alley behind the Red Planet Hotel. I think the sign is only written in Japanese, so take a look online what that sign and the entrance looks like. You'll see locals congregating around the entrance. Recommended!
Written October 24, 2016
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Robinson H
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May 2018 • Friends
I go to Japan nearly once a year and have a large arm tribal piece so this onsen is a great place to relax after a long day of walking around Tokyo.

Definitely recommend it, I should mention though that for Men, be aware that you may see Yakuza occasionally in this onsen. They typically keep to themselves, but on my latest visit, one interacted with me while I was sitting down on the stool prepping for the bath and 'showed' me how to wash my back with the bucket. I speak Japanese and know much about the culture, but I could not figure out if he was trying to be respectful and teach me something or try to intimidate me as I was seated 2 stools away from a much older Yakuza member who was scrubbing himself down. I thanked him politely and he went back to preparing himself for the bath.

I don't want this to deter people from this onsen because it actually is quite relaxing, but I since I didn't see any other reviews mentioning this, I wanted to let people be aware of it.
Written May 29, 2018
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Kristian K
Trondheim, Norway12 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
Great and cheap onsen!
Quick guide if you are not familiar with the onsen experience:

It's open until 24:00 with last admission 23:40.
Closed Tuesdays.
It costs 460 yen for adult ticket and 60 yen for towel.
It costs additional 200 yen for access to the sauna.
You could buy shampoo and soap but there is no need since there are dispensers with this for free inside.
You make your order at a ticket machine at the entrance and pay cash.
You then exchange your tickets at the counter for your selected options.
There are lockers for both your shoes and your belongings free of charge.
You are fully nude at the onsen so there are (naturally) separate sections for men and women.
The water is brownish-black, but is clean and does not smell.

When you have undressed completely in the locker room you can enter the bath area.
First you will have to wash yourself in the washing section at your right hand side.
You do this by sitting on a small stool, filling a small tub with water and dousing yourself with this. Shampoo and soap is provided here.
After you have washed yourself you can enter the pools.

There are pools with water jets for massage and an electric bath.
The electric bath can be a bit strange at first because your muscles will react to the current by flexing and spasm without your willing. It may sound scary but I reassure you it is a fun and novel experience your really should try!

There is also a simple warm bath without any water jets or current for you to relax in. In addition there is a cold bath next to this, so you could take a quick cold dip before slipping into the warm bath.

There is also a sauna which is accessible for an extra 200 yen.
I did not try this because of shortage of time.

All in all a very fun, novel and relaxing experience.
Highly recommended!
Written October 22, 2016
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Juris J
Aarhus, Denmark1 contribution
Nov 2014 • Solo
Worst experience in the whole trip.

It was not my first time in public spa, but this was very basic and expensive. You need to pay extra for sauna, which I found ridiculous-you cannot compare it to the spa world in Osaka. Since Japanese people live in small apartments, they like to go to such places and lay in a bath.
Not to mention, I was sexually harassed in a bath by an old Japanese. Which was really discussing, considering that I am straight and we were naked in a bath...

Conclusion: if you want to go to public spa and have a great experience, go to Osaka Spa world.
Written November 14, 2014
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PaulEWhite
Durham, UK205 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Our first Japanese onsen and we were not disappointed. Due to the tradition of being completely naked during the experience men and women go separate (for obvious reasons). It's cheap at 450y per person. You don't need swim wear (due to being naked) and shampoo and body wash is provided. A flannel will cost you 20y.

I'd never experienced a electric bath before so this was something different but that aside it was essentially regulated hot spring baths some with jets in. Also a nice quiet area for reflection and watching the beautiful fish.

As a bonus once I came out I took a massage in the best massage chair ever which was only 100y for 10 minutes.

Don't be shy and give this a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Written August 18, 2016
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Travis W
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Basic but good onsen especially if you have tattoos as they are accepting. Watch out for the electric tub, good but 'shocking' if you're not use to it. I'm already a returning customer.
Written December 26, 2014
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Brian K
Arncliffe, Australia76 contributions
Tucked away in an alleyway, this establishment is over 100 years old, but the facilities are modern and clean. After dipping in one of the hot baths, or the chilled plunge bath, one can sit and contemplate while watching the waterfall or koi pond. About 800 yen for a bath, sauna and towel, there are english instructions on the ticket machine, and one must be prepared to go au-naturale.
Written September 26, 2013
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Teh S
33 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
We went there on 31 Dec 2016 after our visit to Sensoji Temple. The onsen is at somewhere near the temple, at a small alley but quite easy to find. Once you saw the McDonald, the onsen is just at the corner. This is an indoor onsen and you need to pay via the vending machine at the entrance. You can bring your own towels or shampoo etc, if not, you can purchase there. Male and female onsens are separated. When we went there, there was considered quite crowded. Water temperature is 40 degree so we felt a bit too hot to us initially (this is our first onsen experience ^_^). However, after a while been soaking inside the water , we felt so relaxed and comfortable. There is also a cold onsen there but we got no guts to try it due to the freezing cold weather during winter season . There are also hair dryers, massage chairs etc been provided there but these are chargeable. However, it is rather cheap only the price. Conclusion, a very clean and comfortable onsen which is quite popular in Asakusa.
Written January 12, 2017
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,560 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
This public bath is in Asakusa so very convenient for visitors to go in.
USD5 set includes admission fee, towel, razor and a toothbrush. So you need not bring anything with you for bathing.You can order them one by one but costs more. The hot spring is not volcano related but boiled subterranean water mixed with leaves,grasses in the paleozoic Era. I saw a westerner father and a son visiting when I was there. You can enjoy Mt.Fuji painted on a wall inside which is the most likedl design in Japanese public bath.
Written July 9, 2016
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voyage74
Stockholm, Sweden68 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
This sento is not in the usual tourist map. Not exactly a gem, because it does need refreshment. Very clean as usual in japan. Still very charming and authentic, frequented by locals, mostly old people when I wad there. There are english signs, the staff can communicate the basics and there is a sweet "empty handed" set to buy with towel, teethbrush and razor, as well as extra soap and other stuff, so you basically can go as you are.
With little planning it is possible to wash your clothes while soaking, there is a coin-washer.
The bath itself is nothing fancy but as said very charming. There is a sauna for an extra fee, with Tv in. Dont miss the "electic bath" section, it is scary but I got rid of my knee troubles ( and pain) still good after almost three weeks.
Written September 9, 2014
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