Myoujin no Yu, located in Oyata in East Tokyo, has a real traditional feel with wood omnipresent throughout the building. So if you are looking for a place in the city where you can have some rest and relaxation, this onsen might be perfect for you.
Myoujin no Yu has two large wooden baths which contain iron-rich natural hot waters that are known to be beneficial for sore muscles, joints, neuralgia, and to also help improve circulation. These two salty watered wooden baths are indoors where there is also a cold bath, a sauna, and a steam room, along with a large shower area complete with complimentary shampoo, conditioner, and body soap. A large tree inside the building adds to the tranquility and is a throwback to a previous era rather than the more modern public bath houses (sento) which are often monochromatic.
In addition to the natural waters indoors, there is a large outdoor area with baths of varying temperatures, individual wooden tubs, and seating areas to cool off after a soak.
After soaking in the baths, there is a relaxation area with massage chairs and mats. You can also opt to book massages at additional fees. If you want to spend a long and relaxing day here, you can rent Japanese style clothing for an additional 200 yen and you are free to go in and out of the baths at your leisure. A bath towel may also be rented at a cost of 100 yen. Entry is 900 yen on weekdays and 1,200 yen on weekends and holidays, but the spacious outdoor area and natural waters in the indoor wooden baths justify the fee. Tuesdays are Ladies Day when females can enter at a reduced cost of 700 yen; whilst the fee is also knocked down to 700 yen for males and females if you enter between 10 am and 12 pm, or after 9 pm. The facility closes at midnight with last entry at 11 pm.
This is all set in a spacious garden rich with vegetation which is rare to find at a bathing facility in Tokyo. Located on the outskirts of East Tokyo, this allows for a wider and more natural setting. Myoujin no Yu is about a 20-minute walk from Kameari Station which is on the JR Joban Line. Pretty accessible, right? Come on down and relax yourself at this onsen!
Myoujin no Yu’s Website *Japanese only