There are two types of public baths in Japan: the onsen and the sento. Onsens are classified as the natural hot springs, whereas sentos use regular water and heat it. Thus, onsens are usually found in resort areas like Hitonoyu (which means hidden onsen) while sentos can be found in towns.
Even if you wanted to experience public bathing in Japan, it can be difficult because many visitors are not aware of the rules that may apply, or how to enjoy them. One useful information to know is that in sentos, people are less covered.
Along with the charming old buildings in the Bikan area (cultural reserved area in Kurashiki), Kurashiki has many things to offer.
I chose a sento (public bath) called Ebisu-yu. This 100 year-old sento is a nice place to study the Japanese culture and lifestyle.
For your information :
Name of bath : Ebisuya is the Japanese god of fishermen and luck, you will find the Ebisu drawings on the Noren, curtain hung at the entrance
Address : 2-1-5, Tsurukata, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
Speciality : This bath appears very simple, but has a lot of history behind it. The changing room has a beautiful wooden floor and matching wooden lockers.
Entrance fee : 410yen. Open : PM4-PM10. Close : Saturday
Japanese web site : Ebisu-yu
Such a colorful Cartoon Noren (short split curtain)
Looking back the door from inside
Back of Noren
Bandai, She is the bath master
Bandai (platform for the attendant (often the owner) to collect a fee or watch over the dressing rooms, placed near the entrance)
You can keep your shoes at this box. Do not forget wood-lock-key
I don't know it still working ?
You can keep your clothes at this box. Do not forget wood-lock-key
Not wide but cozy. I recommend you to bring soap, shampoo and towel.
Old, old type
Old, old type
Out look of building
I don't know exactly how old this building