Paradise for 460 Yen! Bathhouses in Tokyo - Part 1

Produced in 2016 「昼のセント酒」 (Hiro no Sento Sake, roughly translated meaning “Bath and Alcohol at Noon”, English title on amazon is "Sunshine Sento-Sake", German title is “Getränk nach dem Bad am Mittag”) is a drama about 42 year old Takayuki Utsumi, who’s working as a travelling salesman for an advertising agency. Visiting bathhouses are like a piece of heaven to him and he often finds himself skipping work to soak and find peace in the warm waters.

He encounters a different sento or onsen each episode and I would like to introduce some of them to you! Experience your own bit of paradise for only 460 Yen!

1. Tsuru No Yu
Address: 7 Chome-4-16 Kitakoiwa, Edogawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 133-0051, Japan

Tsurunoyu was established in 1956. Its entry resembles a Japanese shrine with traditional roof ornaments. 
It has a very charming retro atmosphere. The inside of the bath is very bright and colourful. There is a beautiful picture of Mount Fuji which you can see from both the male and female side. There is a massage bubble bath, an aroma bath and an outdoor bath also.

2. Daikoku-yu (Shibuya)
Address: 3 Chome-24-5 Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0066, Japan

Located at the end of a 14m long laundrette, Daikokuyu is a cozy bathhouse at the ground floor of a residential building. Bathhouses like this are called mansion sento.
There's a cute mosaic picture of a rural area with mountains and aplane on the men's side wall.
Besides a normal bath, there's also an electric bath and a sauna.

3. Daikoku-yu (Sumida)
Address: 3 Chome-12-14 Yokokawa, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 130-0003, Japan

There are a few bathhouses called Daikokuyu, this one respectively is located at the bottom of Tokyo Skytree.  This one wasn't featured in Hiro no Sento Sake, but I thought it was worth a mention anyway, since it's such a big and beautiful facility.
Established in 1949 it's just a ten minute walk from Tokyo Skytree. The water for the baths is coming from a well discovered 60 years ago, recognising it as an onsen.
Besides an onsen with several different massage types, they also have a herbal bath that gets infused by new herbs everyday, a walking bath that is only 90cm deep and 35°C hot making it perfect for health problems and children, and a beautiful open-air onsen.
When sitting inside the wooden deck on the second floor to relax and cool of, you can see Tokyo Sky Tree between the wood beams.

4. Jakotsu-yu
Address: 1 Chome-11-11 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan

Located at the heart of Asakusa, this sento’s history goes as far back as the Edo Period. Of course the bathhouse has been renovated a few times over its century long history and is now barrier-free.
It is non-Japanese speaker friendly, with a vending machine selling admission tickets as well as having signs and toiletries in English. Also, unlike many sentos and onsen, Jakotsu-yu permits Tattoos.
Jakotsu-yu has a black water bath, an electric bath, a sauna, a couple of jet baths and even a small semi-open-air bath.
It’s referred to as the “Onsen that you can go empty-handed”, because anything that you need can be purchased or rented for little money.

Kiara Threepwood