Tenzan no Yu is the second "super sento" (large public bath) we have recently visited. The first was Yamato Yu, which is in Tambaguchi.
Tenzan no Yu is located in the Saga area of western Kyoto, not far from Arashiyama.
The bath is a 10-minute ride from Arashiyama. For those taking the train, it is a short walk from Arisugawa Station (Keifuku Station) or about 10 minutes on foot from JR Uzumasa Station.
You enter the large establishment and go up to the second floor. There, you must take off your shoes and put them in a locker on the left (to release the key and lock the locker, you must push a small silver button below the key). Then, at the check in counter, you give the key to one of the workers. You pay after the bath when you come to retrieve the shoe locker key.
On this floor (2F) are various shops, a restaurant, and foot masseuse.
Inside, the procedure is the same as for any sento: you get undressed, take your towel in. First you wash yourself, and rinse all the soap from your body. Then you begin the Big Soak.
There is a "Korean" massage available inside the bath. This was a bit creepy - the men are nude, face down - while middle aged women massage the whole body.
Also, the music piped into the bathing area was annoyingly loud.
Otherwise, Tenzan no Yu (The Hot Waters of Heavenly Mountain) is divine.
Tenzan no Yu Super Sento (the bath farthest to the left)
Open daily from 10 am to 1 am
General Admission: 1000 yen, children 500 yen
Bike parking on street level underneath in the car parking lot
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