While most of Tokyo's inner-city onsen are either glorified sento or pricey theme parks, Utsukushi no Yu is a real gem, offering attractive outdoor rotenburo baths and a range of indoor tubs and saunas for under ¥1,000. Located in the western neighbourhood of Takaido, the complex is run by a local swimming club, and at weekends bathers are given free run of the 25m indoor pool (hence the ¥300 price increase). The facilities also include a 'relaxation room' fitted out with rows of reclining chairs, and a restaurant that serves cheap noodles and other Japanese-style comfort food.
|Venue name:||Utsukushi no Yu|
2-3-45 Takaido-Nishi, Suginami-ku
|Opening hours:||Daily 9.30am-midnight / Irregular holidays|
|Transport:||Takaido Station (Keio Inokashira line)|
|Price:||Mon-Fri: Adults ¥900, children ¥700; Sat, Sun & hols: Adults ¥1,200 (after 10.30pm ¥900), children ¥1,000 (after 10.30pm ¥900)|