There are roughly 850 sento, or public baths, still operating in Tokyo. Of these, about 200 are decorated with penki-e, large murals that are painted on the interior. It’s common for them to be repainted 2-3 times a year with most featuring Mt. Fuji in various forms. The art form has its origins in a type of low-brow advertising. Vendors would pay for advertisements to be painted on the walls of sento where town folk often went to rest their weary muscles.
3-12-14 Yokogawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 3:30pm – 12 midnight
450 yen per person
5-14-7 Minamiyukigaya, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 4:00pm – 11:30pm
Closed 5th, 15th and 25th of each month
400 yen per person
If you want to truly indulge, head out to Yamanashi prefecture where hotels offer some of the most stunning private baths and views you’ll ever find. But be warned, private baths with views of Mt. Fuji are highly sought after and rates start at around $300 per night (per person).
This is part of a series of posts on Mt. Fuji. The entire series can be found HERE.