Do you think it necessary to go far from town, in order to find good hot springs?
Actually, in Japan, it often happens that high-quality hot springs gush out from urban area.
In my opinion, it is no coincidence that two major cities in Japan, Tokyo and Osaka have great hot springs…
Leftover of High Economic Growth Period
Here is Osaka bay area.
In the opposite side of the canal, there are some tourist spots like Kaiyukan (Aquarium).
However, the atmosphere around the public bath is rustic just like leftover of high economic growth period.
This large facility, which looks like a factory is actually the public bath.
After you pass by an old-fashioned shoe locker,
there he is! Reception dog.
How cute he is with a sense of mission as a reception clerk!
Of course, he does not always work like this.
At that time, someone got dizzy from staying in the bath too long, so that he was on by chance.
Anyway, I think that there is a kind of stylistic beauty composed of typical items of old public baths.
Great open-air bath
The indoor bath is indeed interesting in terms of an old public bath, but the water is not so good as a hot spring.
Then, let us go to the open-air bath.
The large L-shape open-air bath is, as is often the case with hot springs in urban area, surrounded by high concrete walls.
Meanwhile, you can find some efforts to loosen the atmosphere by small Japanese garden,
The water is provided from the right side, and is drained through the bed bath in the left side.
The nature of the spring changed greatly in a few years.
It used to be yellow and cloudy water that had a high salt content, but now it looks amber with aromatic peat smell.
Only when cleaning, they use chlorine chemical.
I recommend you to take up your place near the water outlet, because the tub is too large to maintain the quality.
You will realize that, even after the change of the nature, it is still a great spring as feeling soft with many bubbles.
Hot spring with good smell in rustic atmosphere of leftover of high economic growth period
The tub of open-air bath is too big to maintain the quality especially around the bed bath.
|Tennnen Onsen Therme Ryugu, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan|
Related hot spring
Let us switch to the largest city in Japan, Tokyo.
Black springs like coke can be often seen in Tokyo.
In my opinion, it is no coincidence that the two major cities in Japan have good hot springs.
It is likely that people preferred to live in places where they could reach underground water resources, including hot springs.