Myojin no Yu (Oyata Onsen)

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Whatever your ailment, it can probably be treated at Myoji no Yu, an attractive, traditionally styled bathhouse whose salty, iron-rich 'netsu no yu' (literally, hot waters) are believed to improve circulation and offer relief for neuralgia, muscle pain, sore joints, sensitivity to cold and just about any other complaint you care to mention. This potent spring water is split between two cypress-wood tubs – one hot, one tepid – while the outdoor rotenburo and other baths are topped up with the stuff that comes out of the tap. There are discounts for female bathers on Ladies Day every Tuesday, and entrance is reduced to ¥700 if you turn up early (10am-noon) or late (after 9pm).


Venue name: Myojin no Yu (Oyata Onsen)
Address: 1-18-1 Oyata, Adachi-ku

Opening hours: Daily 10am-12midnight (last entry 11pm) / Closed 3rd Tue of the month
Transport: Kita-Ayase Station (Chiyoda line)
Price: Adults ¥900 (Mon-Fri), ¥1,200 (Sat, Sun & hols); children ¥500 (Mon-Fri), ¥600 (Sat, Sun & hols)

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I was very disappointed with this onsen: the staff are lovely, the foot massage was good and it is inexpensive but this is like any suburban bath/sauna in central Europe. Dark, outdoor area has a little greenery but it is by no means an oasis, the outside water is chlorinated, food is poor quality, foreigners are an obvious anomaly. All in all, I felt uncomfortable and unsatisfied. Thank goodness for the friendly staff and that foot massage!

An absolute gem if you are willing to make the trip.  The baths are mostly use by the locals so everything is in japanese.  There is an open area to eat and socialize along with body and foot massages.  I do recommend taking a taxi from the station to the sento.  The sento may be only 4-5 traffic lights from the station but they are long blocks.