Feeling the need to freshen up in Tsukishima? Take the narrow passage from ‘Monja Street’, head past the small indoor temple and up the stairs to this unpretentious but clean and welcoming bathhouse featuring saunas and a ‘healing’ open-air bath. Rental towels are available, as are old-fashioned bottles of flavoured milk, and the place stays open until midnight every single day. As some of the older apartments and houses in the area have no or very limited bath and shower rooms, many area residents come to the sento every day.
|Venue name:||Tsukishima Onsen||Contact:|
3-4-5 Tsukishima, Chuo-ku
|Transport:||Tsukishima Station (Yurakucho, Oedo lines)|
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Conveniently located small, local onsen. Clean and reasonably priced. There is no cold bath for cooling after a sauna but there is a standing shower instead. Used heavily by the locals there is no English signs or speakers in the complex so keep these things in mind when going:
1. Enter the door, remove shoes and place them in a free, numbered locker. Take the key out of the locker once shoes are stowed.
2. Go to the front desk and purchase either an onsen pass or onsen + sauna pass. If you buy the sauna pass you'll get an extra key to keep with you so you can enter the sauna. It's a hook that you stick into the door so you can pull it outwards towards you.
3. Go into the appropriate sex's change room, remove all clothes and place them in a locker. The locker must have a 100 yen coin inserted into it to lock and release the key but you get the coin back every time you want to open the locker; similar to a shopping cart with coin release locks at the super market.
4. Enter the onsen, wash as normal and enjoy!