Hot baths and Mt. Fuji | the ultimate form of relaxation

Indoor baths

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.

fuji hot bath daikokuyu 1Daikokuyu (大黒湯)

3-12-14 Yokogawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 3:30pm – 12 midnight
Closed Mondays
450 yen per person


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fuji hot bath meishinyu 1Myojinyu (明神湯)

5-14-7 Minamiyukigaya, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3729-2526
Hours: 4:00pm – 11:30pm
Closed 5th, 15th and 25th of each month
400 yen per person






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Outdoor baths

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).



Kozantei Ubuya

Fuji ubuya

Shohokan kogetsu

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This is part of a series of posts on Mt. Fuji. The entire series can be found HERE.





1 Comment

  1. I’ve been doing some research on the idea of public bathing. They seem like very relaxing places. They are very known to prohibit “rowdiness” of any kind.

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