The best Sento in Himeji is located just next to the most reasonable Izakaya restaurant in Himeji
Well, there are many many activities for sure, but taking them to “Sento” (public bath) could be the most exciting and the best way of embarrassing them since we are all required to strip naked, which they are not used to.
We played in a huge bathtub, I sometimes drowned there, some crazy customers yelled at us, we washed each other’s back, etc. I have a lot of memories in Sento.
There is a slightly elevated reception desk just inside the entrance. This is where you have to pay to get in. The changing room has a high ceiling and a spacious feel. Here, you have to remove all your clothes, including underwear. Everyone is required to bathe in the nude, which must be very embarrassing for foreign people.
A majority of public baths also have saunas in the bathhouses, which also attract people to the Sento. Therefore, in particular, among alcohol lovers, going to a public bath to freshen up before drinking has become really popular.
There were all kinds of customers, including sword-carrying Samurai (but no Ochimusya maybe) since bathhouses were places where people were able to socialize with one another regardless of social class.
Modern-day bathhouses have unique, enjoyable features as well. For instance, a Japanese-style garden can be seen right outside the changing room in this Sento. The mixture of greenery and seasonal flowers is designed to help you bask in the afterglow of bathing.
The exterior of this bathhouse was made to resemble that of a castle. In fact, it is not unusual for bathhouses to adopt the architectural styles of such important buildings as castles and temples. Going to one of these places gives you the kind of luxurious experience that you do not get in everyday life.
The completed work presents a spectacular outdoor scene that you can gaze at while soaking in the tub.
I have no idea why this has become our tradition, but anyway, you should do it.
You are going to be cool with it!
Public bathhouses are not just places where you go to scrub yourself clean.
They give you a chance to temporarily escape from the troubles of everyday life and truly relax.
The Most Popular Sento in Himeji
Since I was hooked on Sento before, I visited a number of public baths in Himeji. Based on my experience, in terms of overall value like reasonableness, accessibility, sanitary conditions, etc, I recommend Morino-yu to you as the most popular Sento in Himeji.
Address: Minamiekimae 25, Himeji, Hyogo, 6700962, Japan
It has not seemed to change since I was a child and I am pretty sure that this public bath is one of the cheapest baths in Himeji.
Furthermore, there are 8 different types of bathtubs such as jet bathtubs, cold water tubs, low to high-temperature bathtubs, etc. Not to mention, a sauna is also equipped.
Actually, Morino-yu is located just next to Akebono Store, the cheapest Izakaya in Himeji. So, you sweat a lot in the sauna, freshen up, then go to Akebono Store to get a dewy beer can.
This is how local Himejiite enjoy their everyday lives (you can see a bunch of people doing this).
Morino-yu and Akebono Store would be a winning combination for Sento lovers. So, why don’t you try it if you want to be more familiar with Himeji?