It’s no secret that Japan is one of the most seismically active places on Earth. But this is also a good thing when you take one of the country’s most valuable assets into consideration: the Onsen, which is Japanese for hot spring. You can find hot springs all over Japan, and indeed whole towns have been known to capitalize off of their proximity to the geothermal boilers. However if you live the Greater Tokyo Area, you know that the chances of finding one of these natural pools is slim to none.
There are 3 choices for springs lovers in urban settings:
The “Super Sento” brings all the amenities of a countryside hot springs resort into the middle of town.
Recently I discovered one in Yokohama’s Minato-Mirai district called 万葉倶楽部 or Manyo Club in English. Located just a short 5 minute walk away from the Minato-Mirai line station of the same name, it carries all the amenities of a fine countryside hot springs hotel but with dramatic views of the Yokohama seaside. Actually, if you want to stay overnight or even over several days, there is an attached hotel as well.
The main draw of course is the onsen. This is a true spring; the water is trucked in 6 times a day from springs in Atami and Yugawara, spitting distance from Mt. Fuji. There are a variety of pools to soak your stress away in, from the usual and very large indoor tubs, to various rooftop outdoor pools overlooking the Minato Mirai district. There are even private tubs that are rented by the hour for those who want some “private time” with family or significant other.
In addition to the onsen, there are several other amenities as well:
Manyo Club is located just 30 minutes by express train from central Tokyo and can be reached directly by using either Minato Mirai station on the Minato Mirai line (Tokyu Toyoko line), or Sakuragi-cho station on JR’s Keihin-Tohoku and Negishi lines and the Yokohama City Subway Blue line. There is also free shuttle service that operates between Yokohama station and the resort from 10am until 11pm hourly.
|Opening Hours||10:00-9:00 (the following morning)
|Address||2-7-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0001|
|Closest Railway Station||Sakuragicho Station: JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line / Municipal Subway Line
Minatomirai Station: Minatomirai Line
|Ticket Info||“Set admission (hours from 10:00 am – 09:00 the following morning) Adults (older than Junior High School): 2,620 yen Children (Elementary School Students): 1,470 yen Children (3 to under school age): 980 yen Children under 3: Free.|
|Credit Cards||all major cards accepted|
|Languages Spoken||Japanese, English|
Jason L Gatewood