Translated by Kanako Fukuma
440 Yen Onsen Experience at Wakura Onsen Sōyu
Written by Kana Shm
Real Onsen experience is now offered at an affordable price! We are gladly introducing Wakura Onsen Sōyu, a modern but authentic public bathhouse newly renovated in 2011.
Sōyu, Public Hot Spring Bathhouse with History Over 350 Years
Located in the center of famous hot spring resort town Wakura, Sōyu has started its history since 1641 initially opened as the place people go for Tōji, hot spring cure. Besides the generous opening hours from 7am till 10pm, it has to be mentioned that they use the water comes directly from natural hot springs just like other traditional inns, while you pay far less for it!
Their slightly salty water is widely known for beneficial effects; keeping you relaxed and warm, healing wounds, lightening up your skin and even relieving nerve pain such as rheumatic disorder. The excellence claimed the award in 1881 for world’s greatest spring water at world’s mineral fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
Find Your Way Around
Take your shoes off and put them in a shoe locker by the main entrance. You will also find vending machine selling admission tickets. The prices are as follows; 50 yen for children (age 6 and under), 130 yen for children (ages 6-12), and 440 yen for adults (ages 12 and over). Forgot to bring your own towel? Buy one ticket costs 200 yen at machine to rent it. Shampoo and body soap are complementary, provided inside the bathhouse.
Give your ticket here, receptionists warmly welcome guests right in front of the main entrance.
Walk into the room following the color of curtain: red for women, blue for men and brown for all Onsen lovers (resting space).
Get yourself unclothed in change room, and keep all of your belongings in a locker. Take the key with you on a wristband, and now you are ready.
Things You Need to Know At Japanese Public Bath
Since there is some mineral contained in spring water could affect your health condition, preferably your stomach should not be over-stuffed upon taking a bath. People having serious health problems like heart disease or high blood pressure, and expectant mother are not encouraged to bath in hot springs.
Before hopping in tubs, rinse your body with shower. Although you are allowed to carry the small towel to wash your body or cover your privates, make sure not to take into the bath water. In case your hair is longer than shoulder length, you should be advised to tie it up.
Behold, they have open-air baths too! A relaxing soak surrounded by fresh air – what more do you need?
Extra: Footbath Opportunity Also Available
Would love to try, but your schedule is too tight? Wipe your tears away busy travelers, because we have an ideal option for you: footbath. There are outdoor tubs nearby the entrance, where you can dip your tired feet in the potent warm spring water.
What is more, the water in the footbath tub is drinkable. Yet be mindful that it can be quite hot and salty. For those of you interested in making local’s favorite Onsen Tamago, eggs slowly cooked in hot spring water, get the recipe here.
Wakura Onsen Sōyu
Address: 5-1 Wabu, Wakura-cho, Nanao-city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Closed: Every 25th (next day if Sunday or Saturday falls on 25th)
Credit Cards: Not Accepted
Language: Japanese, some English description available
Station: Wakura-Onsen Station, Nanao Line
Access: 5 min taxi ride from the station
Admission: Adults 440 yen / Children (ages 6-12) 130 yen / Infant (ages under 6) 50 yen
Website：Wakura Onsen Sōyu