Koboyu Sento Nagoya 弘法湯
Koboyu sento in Nagoya is one of the best family-run public baths in the city. It is large, clean and has some wonderful tile mosaics of lakes and mountains in Switzerland on its walls.
The sento is presided over by the elderly and friendly banto who has been in charge since seemingly the beginning of time.
The changing area has ample space to relax and admire the lovely tile work. There are soft drinks and beer in the fridge and a separate “reading” area with a collection of classic, well-thumbed manga.
The baths include a denkiburo or electric bath (only for the brave), a herbal bath, jacuzzi and a small steam sauna.
Look out for the original Showa period ads on the mirrors in front of your seat at the faucets and the small garden visible at the back.
Access – Getting There
Toyomae-cho 3-38, Higashi-ku
Tel: 052 935 0410
Admission is 420 yen for adults over junior high school age, 150 yen for junior high school students and 70 yen for infants. A book of ten tickets costs 3,900 yen.
Hours: 3.30pm to 10.30pm; closed Fridays.
The nearest station is Kuramamichi on the Sakuradori Line of the Nagoya subway network. Kuramamichi is a lovely part of Nagoya close to the attractions of the historic Cultural Path. The area has some excellent bars, restaurants and izakaya.
If you are interested in discovering other public baths (sento) in Nagoya, the Aichi Prefecture Public Bathroom Association publishes a map of their locations (in Japanese): aichi1010.sakura.ne.jp
Other sento in Higashi-ku, Nagoya include Daiko Onsen and Hirata Onsen.