Funaoka Onsen: Kawaii! Public bath in Kyoto
Japan is famous for its public bath culture, which can be found throughout the country. In fact, there are several public baths located within Kyoto. In this article, I would like to introduce a particularly cute public bath in Kyoto. If you’re a fan of public baths in Japan, don’t miss out on this one!
This public bath is located at the southern foot of Mt. Funaoka in the Kita Ward, Kyoto City. It is housed in a late Taisho-period building that was once a restaurant and inn called Funaoka-ro. The name was changed to Funaoka Onsen in the early Showa period, when it began operating as a public bath.
This public bath is named “Onsen”, however, it is not a natural hot spring.
Once you step in the building, a retro-style dressing room spreads out before you. The wooden carvings on the transom and the Majolica tiles are very charming, aren’t they?
There are several types of baths available, including a Kusuri-buro (Herb Bath), Jet Spa, and Sauna.
Funaoka Onsen also has an open-air bath! After crossing the stone bridge, you will find an open-air bath adorned with large stones sourced from Kifune and Kurama.
There are many unique public baths in Kyoto. Why not experience one of Japan’s favorite bath cultures by visiting a public bath during your trip to Kyoto?
82-1 Murasakinominamifunaokacho, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 603-8225
3pm – 1am next day (open from 8am on Sundays)
490 yen (Only by cash)
Take the Kyoto City Bus Route 206 and get off at Senbon-Kuramaguchi Bus Stop. It is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
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