Osaka, Ikuno Ward, Hayashiji 1-5-33
15:00 - 00:30
The Japanese bath House Gengabashi Onsen was built in 1937 for the grand sum of ¥80,000, a steal even in those days. As a cheeky wordplay the entrance is decorated with two small replicas of the Statue of Liberty.
Entering a bath could be said in Japanese as ‘nyuuyoku’ (入浴). New York is in Japanese pronounced as ‘nyuyooku’, pretty much the same. It could also imply the freedom one feels when unencumbered by clothes, bathing like a king as if time had stood still since, oh, perhaps 1937.
The people of Osaka are known for their cheeky humor. The Statue of Liberty at the entrance is a testament to the spirit of the locals. And you will meet them here. While the popularity of public baths in Japan in dwindling, this bath house stands strong and proud. Like the Osaka people.
Gengabashi Onsen around the web
- This bath house featured in a Kansai Scene article on the sentō.
- As a designated cultural building Gengabashi Onsen is a popular snap spot on Instagram.
- Photos of the building are also popular on Flickr.
- Gengabashi Onsen is number one on Wa-Oh! JAPAN’s 5 bathhouses in Osaka recommended by locals.
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- Shitennōji-mae Yūhigaoka Station (1.9km)
- Ōsaka Uehommachi Station (2.3km)
- Ōsaka Abenobashi Station (1.3km)
- Momodani Station (1.4km)