Relaxing in a hot spring is one of the best things about traveling in Japan. Solaniwa Onsen Osaka Bay Tower is an excellent place to experience a wide variety of hot springs and enjoy various shows. Only about 8 minutes from JR Osaka Station, it’s conveniently located for Osaka sightseers and even offers a free shuttle service to nearby Universal Studios Japan. So put on a yukata and feel your fatigue slip away!
Kansai's largest hot spring theme park, Solaniwa Onsen
The open-air hot spring opened in February 2019 and really brings the old ways of relaxation in the Azuchi-Momoyama period into the modern world. Walk into the traditional Japanese townscape, and you’ll be transformed into resident of a time gone by.
Directly connected to JR Bentencho Station, access to the facitly couldn't be easier. Directions from the station platform to the hot springs are prominently displayed and easy to understand, so it's hard to get lost.
After checking in at the reception desk, choose your favorite yukata! There are seven styles for women, four for men, and two for children. Since shoes are prohibited on the grounds, you can leave yours in this area.
The second floor features a restaurant and shopping area and a hot stone spa. The third floor is a huge rest area, while the fourth floor is home to a garden where you can enjoy footbaths, and the bathrooms are found on the fifth floor.
Nine different baths
When you come to Solaniwa Onsen, you’ll first want to take a relaxing bath and immerse yourself in a sense of freedom. You can enjoy a total of nine types of baths, including an open-air bath where you can feel the nature of the four seasons, and a garden-view bath that offers a splendid view of the 3,300 square meter Japanese garden.
Of course, nude bathing is separated into men’s and women’s baths, so you can bath with peace of mind.
However, a private family baths, or footbaths where you can relax in your yukata are also recommended. The open-air famliy baths feature their own gardens so you can fully appreciate your private space.
At Solaniwa Onsen, visitors with tattoos can bathe if their body art can be covered with stickers that can be purchased at the reception desk. The stickers are available in three sizes for 100, 200, and 400 yen, respectively (excluding tax), up to a limit of five per guest. In the individual family baths, of course, you can bathe freely without the stickers.
Shows, shopping, dining ... full of fun!
In addition to bathing, you can enjoy shows, shopping, and dining. During the daily shows, performances by figures from the Azuchi-Momoyama unfold before your eyes, drawing you further into that era. The experience-based shows, are a fun way for guests to spend time together while participating!
The shopping area is divided into sections: “Beauty,” “Miscellaneous Japanese Goods” and “Food & Drinks.” Many souvenirs unique to the onsem are available, so it’s an exciting place to do some shopping.
There are two restaurants: “Kappo Ukiyo-Tei” where you can enjoy creative Japanese cuisine, and “Izakaya Nawanoren” modeled after a popular restaurants of the past. If you want to eat traditional Japanese food such as tempura, sashimi, and soba, Kappo Ukiyo-Tei is the place to eat. If you’re in the mood for a lighter meal, try Izakaya Nawanoren, which features a convenient touch panel menu with photos.
For further enjoyment
There are also areas where you can dress up as a, townsman or townswoman, ninja, or samurai (charges apply) for a fun photo shoot. The most popular option is being transformed into an oiran (8,500 yen excluding tax). When you enter the studio wearing a glamorous kimono and elaborate hair and makeup, you can simply leave the rest to the photographer who will help you create some beautiful Japanese memories!
A fulfilling experience and you’ll need more than a day
Since it’s open all night, Solaniwa Onsen is a great place to stay on your first night in Osaka. After a relaxing evening bath, you can ease into the next morning before sightseein in the city. So enjoy eating, dancing, and onsen culture and this fun hot spring theme park in the heart of Osaka!
Solaniwa Onsen Osaka Bay Tower空庭温泉 OSAKA BAY TOWER
- Address 1-2-3 Benten, Minato-ku, Osaka
Phone: 06-7670-5126 (10:00 - 20:00)
Hours: 11:00 - 9:00 the next day
Admission: Adults 2,400 - 2,800 yen, 4 - 12 years old 1,200 - 1,400 yen (under 4 years old free)
* Excluding consumption tax and bath tax
*Additional charges for There is a charge for hot stone spa, dining, and transformation photography
* Additional late-night fee for admission and admission from 1:00 a.m.
Closed: Once a month, irregular days
Text by: WEST PLAN
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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