A long established public bathhouse, built in 1863, in Tokyo's Ginza district. The pictures of Japanese koi (carp), seasonal flowers and birds on the tiles are a must-see.
Konparu-yu is a sento (public bathhouse) in the Ginza district that was established in the late-Edo period. The name is derived from the fact that during Edo times, the residences of Konparu-style Noh performers were located around Ginza 8-Chome. The sento was originally a wooden building and moved to its current location in 1957. Even at the time of renovation, it was very rare to have sento in modern buildings. The pictures of Japanese koi (carp), seasonal flowers and birds on the tiles were created by Shozan; the tiles are made of kutaniyaki (porcelain) from Rineido. The oil mural (penki-e) is the work of Morio Nakajima, one of two masters in Japan. Body soaps and shampoos are provided in the bathing area (except for the second and forth Fridays of each month, during ”Fureai Sento 100 Yen Day”). Each season, irises, yuzu (a kind of citrus fruit) and lavender petals are placed in the bath. A five-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.