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Kosoyu public bathhouse

What is “Kosoyu”?

Kosoyu is a restored Meiji era communal bathhouse where visitors can not only enjoy the visual spectacle of the buildings's period style interior and exterior, but also experience communal bath culture as it was back in the day.
The bath waters are changed every day, and only 100% fresh hot spring water is used.
On days when the spring water happens to be too hot, visitors may also be able to catch sight of Kosoyu staff doing the yumomi, a traditional method of lowering the temperature of bath waters using a large wooden plank.

 

Features of Kosoyu

・Tiles – tiles used in the bath area are Kutani porcelain tiles. Their patterns and designs have been painstakingly recreated according to their originals, and were hand-painted on, piece by piece, by local Kutani porcelain craftsmen.

・Stained glass – a highly popular design feature back in Meiji Japan.

・Wall surface – the interior walls of the bath area were painted on using the fuki-urushi technique.

・Rest area – You can enjoy scenic views overlooking the town of Yamashiro Onsen from the rest area on the 2nd floor. Tea refreshment is available on a self-service basis too.

 

How to behave at the ONSEN (Kosoyu)

Ko-Soyu is a restored old fashioned bathhouse from the Meiji era.
To recreate the nostalgic atmosphere in the retro bathhouse, there is no separate washing space or shower.

 

-Please follow the rules below -

・Bring a towel with you into the bathing room.
・No running, swimming nor diving.
・No swimming suits allowed.
・Please rinse your body with hot water before entering the bath.
・No soap, shampoo nor shaving in the bathing room.
・Please keep towels and hair out of the bath.
・Wipe down your body before getting back to the wood floor.
・Drink water before and after bathing.
・Enjoy taking a rest on the 2nd floor after bathing.

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