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Master the sento bathhouse

Sento is not just any bathhouse but an entire culture unique to Japan. Even foreign tourists love to bathe in a sento. This section presents the oldest sento in Tokyo, a more recent and stylish designer sento, and the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum exhibiting an archetypal sento building from the early Showa period (1926–89). Experience both the old and new of Japan’s sento culture.

Akebono-yu

Akebono-yu was founded in 1774 as a shipbroker. It later branched out into the sento business, and is said to be the oldest existent sento in Tokyo today. The establishment is divided into two floors, with a roten-buro (outdoor bath) and denki-buro (“electricity bath”) on the first floor, and far infrared gas sauna and milky enzyme bath on the second floor. The natural cold weak alkaline onsen is pumped from 150 meters underground and heated for bathing.

Address

3-12-11 Funabori, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo

TELEPHONE NUMBER

03-3680-5611

URL

http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~akebonoy/( External link ) (Japanese)

Fuku-no-yu

Fuku-no-yu is a designer sento conceived by Kentaro Imai, a qualified first-class architect and designer of countless onsen and sento facilities. Two bathing areas alternate between men only and women only every week: Daikokuten-no-yu, featuring the vivid mural of a red Mt. Fuji and mosaic tiles in a pine tree motif, and Benzaiten-no-yu, with the muted mural of a snow-capped Mt. Fuji and tiles depicting a flax leaf pattern. The water is pumped from a quality natural well in Musashino.


Photo courtesy of : Kentaro Imai Architectural Office

Address

5-41-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

TELEPHONE NUMBER

03-3823-0371

URL

http://www.sentou-bunkyo.com/pg65.html( External link ) (Japanese)

Kodakara-yu (Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum)

The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum relocates and reconstructs historical buildings of Tokyo for preservation and display. One of them is Kodakara-yu, erected in 1929. The exterior has a distinguishing East Asian hip-and-gable roof and Japanese karahafu gable over the entrance, and the interior replicates a typical sento of the Showa period. The mural of Mt. Fuji in the bathing area is the work of sento artist Morio Nakajima.

Address

3-7-1 Sakura-cho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo

TELEPHONE NUMBER

042-388-3300

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/koganei/spot/s_269.html


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