Funaoka Onsen

Funaoka Onsen entrance

Funaoka Onsen entrance

Since 1923 locals and travelers alike have soaked their weary bodies in the waters of Funaoka Onsen. As one of the oldest sentō in Kyoto still in operation it still attracts many.

According to the Lonely Planet Funaoka Onsen is the best bath house in Kyoto. It is also the most viewed sentō on the Kyoto Baths website.

Points of interest

Wood-carved wall boards

Wood-carved wall boards

When visiting Funaoka Onsen there are a few points of interest to pay attention to. The dressing rooms are decorated with wood carvings depicting scenes from the occupation of Manchuria. While the topic itself is somewhat controversial, the carvings are none the less impressive.

Also, the first electric bath ever was installed in Funaoka Onsen.

The bathing area is seperated from the dressing room by a small stone bridge crossing a patio. In one of the two patios is a cyprus wooden bath tub. Due to it constantly being soaked the wood has become very fragrant. The oposite baths have a stone tub in the patio. The bathing areas are altered between the genders on a daily basis.

The baths

The baths

The baths

These are the baths at Funaoka Onsen. In the front left is the electric bath, followed by a deep hot bath. The large bath in the middle is a little cooler and has a few massage jets in the back. On the right hand side is the washing area. In the far corner is the sauna, with the cold bath right in front of the sauna door. The cold bath is fed from a lion’s head-shaped spout. The baths for the oposite sex are essentially a mirrored version of the same setup.

Details

Address: Kyoto, Kita Ward, Murasakino Minamifunaokacho 82-1
Telephone: +81-75-441-3735 (Japanese only)

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 3pm till 1am, Sunday and holidays 8am till 1am

The most iconic public bath house in Kyoto