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Updated: October 1, 2019

Akebono-yu あけぼの湯

3-12-11 Funabori, Edogawa City, Tokyo

Tokyo’s oldest sento bathhouse boasts 12 distinct baths and two saunas

First opened in the Edo period (1603-1867), Akebono-yu is one of Tokyo’s oldest public bathhouses. And unlike typical sento, which heat their water in-house, the waters at Akebono-yu are directly sourced from a natural hot spring.

While onsen hot springs provide a level of indulgence akin to a high-class resort, the sento bathhouse’s purpose is much more functional. Since houses did not used to have showers or baths, residents flocked to their neighborhood sento bathhouse to freshen up. For centuries, these facilities served as a gathering place for the local community. Within the warm waters of the public bath, locals could get to know their neighbors and form lasting community ties. In recent years the number of sento baths in the city has decreased dramatically due to modern amenities and lifestyles. Akebono-yu is one of approximately 600 that remain in Tokyo.

How to Get There

  • Funabori StationToei Shinjuku Line5 min on foot

Contact

Opening Hours

  • 15:30-0:00
    MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysFridaysSaturdays

    14:00-0:00
    SundaysHolidays

Price

General admission: 460 yen

Facility Info

  • RestroomsDining facilitiesHot springParkingOutdoor bath

For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.

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