1-8-3, Inaho, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido.
A square shaped, brick built chimney is the sign. Retrospective style with a boot cupboard under the bandai, a typical feature in Hokkaido.
4-37, Muikamachi, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata.
A well known large 'noren' (entrance curtain) is in the front. Underground water is used; old-fashioned cane baskets for the dressing room.
(A 20th century bath-house)
1-34-1, Nohonzutsumi, Taitou-ku, Tokyo.
This sento was built in the early Showa period (1926-) with a hint of the Taisho period's (1912-25) romanticism. Firewood is still used to heat the water, and it has a remarkable painting of Mt. Fuji.
32-6, Senju-kotobukicho, Adachi-ku, Tokyo.
The King of Sento! Majestic shajifu style (temple-like) architecture. A magnificent natural landscape scene is painted on the ceiling of the dressing room.
2-3-8, Sintomicho, Toyama-shi, Toyama.
A pure Japanese structure. A 'kannon-do' (Enshrined Goddess of Mercy) is arranged above the bandai. Also renowned for its Alpine scenery mosaic.
82-1, Funaokacho, Shino-minami, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto.
Established in the late Taisho period, it used to have a 'ryotei' (restaurant) on the 2nd floor. There is a red 'tengu', or long-nosed goblin, and open-worked balustrades to fascinate you.
1-5-33, Hayashidera, Ikuno-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka.
Built at a cost of \80,000 in 1937. The Statue of Liberty in the main entrance is a play on words, the Japanese for bathing being 'nyuyoku'! Many highlights, such as stained glass, a grampus on the roof, all granite bathroom, etc.
1-9-1, Iwakuni-cho, Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi.
Set up in 1930, just behind the famous Kintai-bashi bridge. Zelkova wood taken from the bridge when it was re-built were used to construct the bandai, etc.
2-10, Moji-nishikicho, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka.
Established in 1935 next to the Mojiko Station. A gorgeous sento with an unusual rounded bathtub made of granite, surrounded by granite floors and marble walls.
1390 Nakyama-cho, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima.
A public bath with natural hot spring water. A bathing fee of only \300. Private and family bathrooms available. Parking for 50 cars.