2023-10-26 | Recommendations


Nestled in the historic and enchanting neighborhood of Nezu, HOTEL GRAPHY NEZU offers travelers a unique blend of contemporary comfort and traditional charm. Among the myriad of attractions within a stone’s throw from the hotel, the serene and local Japanese onsen, or “sento,” stand out as hidden gems that beckon you to relax and rejuvenate. In this article, we invite you to discover the top three sento experiences near HOTEL GRAPHY NEZU. These oasis-like baths provide a perfect opportunity to unwind and immerse yourself in the age-old tradition of Japanese communal bathing, all within the cozy embrace of Nezu’s historic streets. So, slip into your yukata, grab your towel and let’s embark on a journey to explore the best sento experiences this charming neighborhood has to offer.


Fukunoyu is a chic and stylish bathhouse that attracts visitors from far and wide. The men’s and women’s baths change every week, so you can enjoy the wonder of both baths and artwork on the walls. This sento features the works of two master painters, Kiyoto Maruyama and Morio Nakajima, whose murals of mountains are on the sento walls. It is quite easy for foreigners to enter and enjoy this bath, so don’t worry about getting refused entry.

[Hours] 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. on weekends, closed Thursdays
[Price] 520 yen for adults (12 years and older), 200 yen for elementary school students, 100 yen for kids age 6 and under


(owner is young and created it, modern not traditional, some companies do mtgs in sento using projector

⁠Nestled in the quiet apartment district of Ueno, Hinodenoyu has a history of 100 years and is quite modern rather than traditional. Although it has changed over the years, it is still loved by the locals. At Hinodeyu, you can enjoy an ancient cypress bath that is over 1,000 years old. Just soaking in the water has forest bathing effects, such as calming the mind and activating your metabolism. ⁠There is also a tiled bathtub, where the whirlpool jets soothes your tired back and feet. Since the owner is young and the sento is modern, some companies even hold meetings in this sento using a projector. Another attraction of Hinodeyu is that you can drink homemade coffee milk after leaving the public bath. Coffee milk made from high-quality beans are carefully selected by the owner and includes naturally pastured milk.

[Hours] 3 p.m. – 10 pm. Thursdays to Tuesdays, closed Wednesdays
[Price] 520 yen for adults (12 years and older), 200 yen for elementary school students, 100 yen for kids age 6 and under


Kotobukiyu is a large, Edo-style public bath on the east side of Ueno and features several hot baths such as medicated minerals, hot water, massaging bath, saunas and cold baths. ⁠The large Mt. Fuji painting on the wall is often found in this kind of public bath. ⁠There is also an outside bath, where you can relax in the bath while breathing the fresh outside air.

[Hours] 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. (last admission 1:05 a.m.)
[Price] 480 yen for adults, 180 yen for elementary school students, 80 yen for infants, additional 250 yen for sauna

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