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'Sumo Spas' and More: Top 3 Onsen Day Spas in Japan's Chichibu Region!

'Sumo Spas' and More: Top 3 Onsen Day Spas in Japan's Chichibu Region!

Date published: 9 April 2020
Last updated: 11 December 2020

Chichibu is turning heads as an easily accessible tourist spot. Close to Tokyo, it boasts a variety of amenities allowing you to enjoy delicious food, tour "power spots" brimming with spiritual energy, and enjoy unexpectedly fun activities.

But at the end of the day, all of us are looking forward to the comfort that comes with a nice hot spring bath.

In this article, we will introduce carefully selected new and unique Chichibu onsen where you can take a bath during the day!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Matsuri no Yu: One train ride to the city via the Seibu-Chichibu Station
  2. 2. Seine no Yu: A complete Chichibu onsen facility filled with people relaxing all-day
  3. 3. Miyamoto no Yu: A spa owned by a former sumo wrestler with a unique sumo ring-shaped hot spring
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1. Matsuri no Yu: One train ride to the city via the Seibu-Chichibu Station

1. Matsuri no Yu: One train ride to the city via the Seibu-Chichibu Station
▲Matsuri no Yu affiliated with the Seibu-Chichibu Station

True to its name, the Seibu-Chichibu Ekimae Onsen Matsuri no Yu, which opened in April 2017, is a spa facility linked to the Seibu-Chichibu Station where you can hop on a train to Ikebukuro. This head-turning new spot allows you to relax with a warm bath, buy souvenirs and savor Chicchibu's food while waiting for your train home!

▲The facility features a "festival" theme which exudes a sense of excitement

They also have reasonable entrance fees (tax included).
Weekdays: 980 yen for adults, 600 yen for kids
Weekends, National Holidays and Specific Dates: 1,080 yen for adults, 710 yen for kids

They have clean dressing rooms for men and women equipped with more than 200 lockers. The women's dressing room also has lotions among other amenities.

▲A wide bath house. These tubs are designed to provide comfort despite accommodating a relatively large number of adults.

One of the features of Matsuri no Yu is its several kinds of baths. With nine baths for men and 10 for women, the wide variety offers several ways to enjoy the spa!

The silk bath is a bubble-filled bath featuring fine-grained wood. The massaging effect of this bath will remove dirt from your pores improving your skin.

This is the rotenburo or open-air bath. It is a must-try location which allows you to view Chichibu's Mt. Bukō on a clear day

▲This is an iwaburo or a rock bathtub located under a roof based on a festival yagura or wooden stage

All the other baths aside from the iwaburo are artificial hot springs based on nationwide famous hot springs. However, their iwaburo is a natural hot spring that wells up from 2,000 meters underground! The name of this source is Seibu-Chichibu Ekimae Onsen.

This water is a mix of rainwater and underground water heated deep within the folds of the earth. The water is alkaline which is said to decrease blood pressure. Aside from people who have high blood pressure, this soothing hot spring is also perfect for those who want to recover from fatigue and improve their health.

▲This is a nekorobiyu or a lie-down bath. The immense comfort it gives will surely put people sleep one after another

While gathering information, we found out that this is based on the Kurokawa Onsen in Kumamoto Prefecture.

After relaxing in the hot spring, we recommend staying in the lounge. Matsuri no Yu also offers lodging accommodations during weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and specific dates like national holidays, so you can enjoy Chichibu all night and relax in this place until morning. (An additional nighttime service fee of 2,490 yen (tax included) will be charged).

This is the relaxing room which features chairs tilted in a 38-degree angle. Aside from this they also have a women's exclusive or common semi-private premium lounge (reservation required and separate fees will be charged).

Matsuri no Yu also has a souvenir store and food court, so this place is packed with the charm of Chichibu. After sweating in the hot spring, we recommend that you savor Chichibu’s specialties at the food court.

*The souvenir store and food court can be accessed for free without paying for the entrance fee to the hot spring area of Matsuri no Yu.

This is the food court where you can taste Chichibu’s specialties.

Chichibu is best-known for its Waraji Katsudon! You can also enjoy Ōgon Waraji Katsudon for 1,300 yen (tax included) made with the pork brand Golden Pork.

After eating, you can buy Chichibu’s special products at Chichibu Miyage-ichi! At the end of your trip, you can just casually ride the train back home.

▲The food court and souvenir area can be accessed for free.

Matsuri no Yu is tightly packed with the charms of Chichibu, from its hot springs to its food and souvenirs. After briefly enjoying Chichibu, Matsuri no Yu gives you the chance to enjoy the charm of Chichibu that you forgot to experience!

  • Seibu-Chichibu Ekimae Onsen Matsuri no Yu
    西武秩父駅前温泉 祭の湯
    • Address 1-16-15, Nosakamachi, Chichibu-shi, Saitama-ken
    • Phone Number 0494-22-7111
    • Business Hours:
      Entry, Bathing: Monday to Thursday, Sunday and National Holiday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm (Will receive customers until 10:30 pm)
      Friday, Saturday, Day Before National Holiday and Specific Dates 10:00 am - 12:00 am (Will receive customers until 10:30 pm)
      Lodging: Friday, Saturday, Day Before National Holiday and Specific Dates 20:00 pm - 9:00 am next day (Will receive customers until 11:30pm)
      Morning bath: Friday, Saturday, Day Before National Holiday and Day After Specific Dates 6:00 am - 9:00 am (Will receive customers until 8:30 am)
      *May vary according to the stores in the food court and souvenir area

      Entry:
      Weekdays: Adult 980 yen, kids 600 yen
      Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, Specific Dates: Adult 1,080 yen, kids 710 yen
      Morning Bath: Adult 760 yen, kids 500 yen
      *Everything is tax included. Separate fees apply for robes and towel sets

2. Seine no Yu: A complete Chichibu onsen facility filled with people relaxing all-day

2. Seine no Yu: A complete Chichibu onsen facility filled with people relaxing all-day
▲Seine no Yu underwent renovations and opened its doors again in July 2017.

Seine no Yu is a 25-minute car ride from Chichibu City. Aside from hot baths, this hot spring facility is complete with a relaxation area and a restaurant where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat course made with vegetables from their very own plantation.

Because of this, Seine no Yu is flocked by people who spend all day relaxing. Not only is it popular among tourists, it's also adored by the locals. They also have a free shuttle bus every hour that departs from Chichibu Railway Minano Station.

Since the renovation, the facility has transformed into a cleaner and wider space.

Before 5:00 pm, you can borrow a set of robes and choose your own yukata or summer bathrobes. A 200-yen fee will be charged for robes after 5:00 pm.

The baths are divided into "hoshi" or star and "tsuki" or moon, each with different features. Access to the baths for men and women alternate on a weekly basis.

▲A uniquely large rotenburo. This is a rock rotenburo located in tsuki.
▲On the other hand, Hoshi has a cypress ronteburo.

Seine no Yu is an alkaline hot spring. The water source does not undergo processing and is used as it is. The slightly slippery feeling of the hot water is said to give beautiful skin. Unless you have fragile skin, we recommend that you go up the hot spring without being washed away.

Aside from natural hot springs, tsuki and hoshi also have these baths which use bathing powder! This powder changes according to the time. The asagao no yu or morning glory hot bath was used on this day.

Special ochre stones are built into the sauna walls. These stones are rich in minerals and are used for stone saunas or hot yoga studios. It exudes an ultra-red ray effect which is good for the skin and diet.

They also have a family private room with a rental rontenburo. It starts at 3,000 yen for two hours (tax included). Families and couples can spend their time here to relax.

Once inside the facility, you can use the hall for an unlimited amount of time. Seine no Yu allows you to relax to your heart's content after your hot spring bath.

After enjoying their hot spring, we recommend that you savor their meals made with local vegetables. Seine no Yu has its own plantation. They also have a restaurant that serves meals made with the fresh vegetables from the said plantation.

Located inside the facility, the restaurant Sora offers a buffet-type lunch called “Satoyama Viking” for 1,100 yen for adults and 680 yen for 3-year-old children to elementary school students (tax included).

Gobō Tosani or boiled burdock, Shirataki no Shōgani or ginger stew with konjac noodles, and Wakame Gohan or rice with brown seaweed. These light-tasting dishes are really nice.

After eating, spend your time comfortably in the relaxation place inside the hall!

The rest area where you can spend time while gazing at the courtyard.
▲They also have sleeping quarters where you can take a nap (There is also a room exclusive for women)
▲There is a footbath perfect for slightly heating up your body!
▲Be sure to drop by their souvenir corner where you can buy local products

Among their lineup of local sake, they also have the world-renowned Chichibu Distillery Ichiros Malt! (*Products may change according to the stocks.)

Aside from hot springs and meals, this place also has a recreation facility. You can use this recreation room without bathing inside the facility. If so, you don't have to pay the entrance fee.

You can choose various services from a chiropractic massage to a facial. Choose your favorite service based on your mood and condition. Please refer to the official site for details regarding the menu and prices.

Seine no Yu allows you to enjoy high-quality hot springs and local vegetables. This level of completion is the reason why a lot of guests spend their entire day here.

  • Seine no Yu
    星音の湯
    • Address 468 Shimoyoshida, Chichibu-shi, Saitama-ken
    • Phone Number 0494-77-1188
    • Hours:
      10:00 am - 11:00 pm (will receive customers until 10:00 pm)

      Entry:
      ■ Weekdays
      Entering from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm: 930 yen for adults, 730 yen for 3-year-olds to elementary students
      *With towel and robes
      Entering from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm: 730 yen for adults, 530 yen for 3-year-olds to elementary students
      *With towel and robes for 200 yen
      ■ Weekends, National Holidays and Specific Dates
      Entering from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm: 1,030 yen for adults, 830 yen for 3-year-olds to elementary students
      *With towel and robes
      Entering from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm: 830 yen for adults, 630 yen for 3-year-olds to elementary students
      *With towel and robes for 200 yen
      *Everything is tax included. Please refer to the website for details regarding special member prices

3. Miyamoto no Yu: A spa owned by a former sumo wrestler with a unique sumo ring-shaped hot spring

3. Miyamoto no Yu: A spa owned by a former sumo wrestler with a unique sumo ring-shaped hot spring
▲This is Miyamoto no Yu. This is actually a lodging facility, but it can also be used a day spa with their lunch and room set plan for 5,000 yen (tax included).

Located in Ogano, Chichibu, Miyamoto no Yu underwent unique renovations in April 2017. They are best-known for their rotenburo based on a sumō ring built into the public bath.

▲This is owned by the former sumō wrestler Deruki Tsurugidake from the Fujishima Stable, so you can find a lot of sumō-related goods inside.
▲The noren or short sign curtains hung in the bath entrance are said to be made from the cloth used in the yukata of sumō wrestlers!

This facility has two kinds of rotenburo, and access to them alternates on a specific time between men and women.

Once outside the indoor bath coming out from the dressing room...

...The famous sumō ring rotenburo will greet you!

This extremely unique bath even features a vivid banner thanking for a full house, which is typically seen during sumō matches. At the bottom, you will clearly see the "sumō ring".

▲The seats outside of the bathtub are based on masuseki or tatami seats used in sumō. The attention to detail is outstanding!
▲The other rotenburo is a rock rotenburo.

Miyamoyo no Yu uses the Hannya no Yu that wells up from the mountain of the No. 32 Kanon Pilgrimage Hōshōji Temple located also in Ogano. This water is alkaline which is great for recovering from fatigue. This will also make your skin smooth, which is why it is popular among women.

They also have a plan that allows you to use the rental rotenburo starting from 8,500 yen (tax included). *Please inquire to the facility for more details.

You can also enjoy a lavish bath in the high-class bathtub made with ceramics.

The lunch and room set plan includes a lunch made with seasonal mountain ingredients harvested from their very own plantation. It's very nice that you can enjoy a wide variety of fresh dishes!

Miyamoto no Yu allows you to enjoy a special bath in a unique rotenburo and savor on seasonal dishes. Be sure to come here with your friends or family!

  • Miyamoto no Yu
    西谷津温泉 宮本の湯
    • Address 495-1 Nagaru, Ogano-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama-ken
    • Phone Number 0494-75-2272
    • Hours:
      Lunch and Room Set Plan 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

      Fees:
      Lunch and Room Set Plan 5,000 yen (tax included)
      *Prior reservation is required for 2 people and up
      *With towel

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After going around the tourist spots in Chichibu, cleanse the fatigue out of your body with a hot spring bath and spend your whole day relaxing at these hot spring spas. You can choose hot springs that match what you want to do, so be sure to try out your favorite hot spring on this list!

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*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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