Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Yanaka area was home to a number of sento but they have been closing over the years or converted into other uses such as SCAI the Bathhouse that opened as a contemporary art gallery in 1993. Hatune-yu near the Annex Katsutaro Hotel has also closed fairly recently.
So if you want to experience a real neighborhood Tokyo public bath, Asahi-yu is a good place to start. The opening hours are long with some early morning opening too. This is fairly unusual in Japan with most sento opening around 5pm in the afternoon. Look out for the tile work on the walls inside which is a feature of Tokyo sento.
You can rent towels, soap and shampoo here and relax in some (very hot) baths. There is also a small sauna which is charged extra (200 yen) and an oxygen capsule. Next door is a coin laundry.
2-18-7, Yanaka, Taito-ku
Tel: 03 3821 5849
Hours: weekdays 2pm-10pm; weekends 10am-10pm
Admission: Adults 460 yen; junior high school students 180 yen; infants 80 yen
Asahi-yu is a short walk from Sendagi metro station on the Chiyoda Line.
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