Experience real Japanese bathing culture by heading to one of the many sento bathhouses in the Ota City, Tokyo. Shin Nomigawa-yu is a building-type sento located in residential area.
Millions of tourists visit Japan to bathe in an onsen but few dare to venture into the world of sento baths. Sento are bathhouses mostly catered to local communities. While onsen baths range from basic to luxurious, sento are no-frills, simple bathhouses that locals visit to relax after a hard day’s work.
You can identify one by the ‘ゆ’ character that’s usually displayed at the entrance. Its kanji counterpart ‘湯’ literally translates to ‘hot water’, which is a staple at every bathhouse.
Renovated in October 2019, Shin Nomigawa-yu reopened to provide a clean, comfortable experience for both regulars and first-time bathers. Like in all sento, there are separate bathing and changing areas for male and female visitors. There are English sento-bathing guides in the facility, so there’s no need to worry about the language barrier.
Shin Nomigawa-yu has a variety of different baths: artificial carbonated bath, indoor heated jet massage baths, electric massaging baths (electromagnetic waves), an 18C cold water bath, and even a dry sauna. It is also one of the few sento within Ota City that contains a semi-outdoor bath. Also you can use dry sauna for 200 yen.
Shin Nomigawa-yu provides free soap in the shower areas. The multiple vending machines also sell towels and amenities should you need any. Make sure to wash before entering the baths. After enjoying your bath, you can grab a beer, milk, or even ice cream from the vending machines in the lobby.
Although a little out of the way, those looking for a truly local experience should definitely try Shin Nomigawa-yu. There are also more than 30 other sento in Ota City, some of which contain Ota’s famous “kuroyu” black hot spring water. If you’re arriving at Haneda Airport, Ota is a nice pit stop along the way to downtown Tokyo.
5-minute walk from Keikyu Bus Kitakoujiya stop
15-minute walk from Keikyu Kamata Station
13-minute walk from Keikyu Otorii Station
1-21-11, Oomori-minami, Ota City
11:00 to 24:00 (Mon-Sat)
6:00 to 10:00,15:00 to 24:00 (Sun)
Adult 470 yen
Children (6 years old to 12 years old) 180yen
Young Children (less than 6 years old) 80 yen