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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Asahi-yu Public Bath Yanaka Tokyo


Asahi-yu in the Yanaka (Yanesen) district of Tokyo is one of Tokyo's last few traditional public baths or sento.

Asahi-yu Public Bath Yanaka Tokyo.

The Yanaka area was home to a number of sento but they have been closing over the years or converted into other uses such as SCAI the Bathhouse that opened as a contemporary art gallery in 1993. Hatune-yu near the Annex Katsutaro Hotel has also closed fairly recently.

So if you want to experience a real neighborhood Tokyo public bath, Asahi-yu is a good place to start. The opening hours are long with some early morning opening too. This is fairly unusual in Japan with most sento opening around 5pm in the afternoon. Look out for the tile work on the walls inside which is a feature of Tokyo sento.

Asahi-yu Public Bath Yanaka Tokyo.

You can rent towels, soap and shampoo here and relax in some (very hot) baths. There is also a small sauna which is charged extra (200 yen) and an oxygen capsule. Next door is a coin laundry.

2-18-7, Yanaka, Taito-ku
Tokyo 110-0001
Tel: 03 3821 5849

Hours: weekdays 2pm-10pm; weekends 10am-10pm
Admission: Adults 460 yen; junior high school students 180 yen; infants 80 yen

Asahi-yu is a short walk from Sendagi metro station on the Chiyoda Line.

Asahi-yu Public Bath Yanaka Tokyo.

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