Monday, October 22, 2012

Nagoya Airport's Enjoyable Japanese Bath

While naked in baths just a few hundred feet from an airport runway, we watched planes land and take off into the blue sky.

Relaxing in a Japanese Bath Between Flights
 The Nagoya Airport, locally called Centrair, might be the only airport in the world that provides the ultimate experience between flights: revitalizing hot baths, some with bubbles and jets, one that is freezing cold, and others that are hot and soothing, a wood-scented sauna, and outdoor benches. All of these amenities belong to the the bathhouse Fu No Yu (風の湯)
Poster for the Nagoya Airport Bath
Considering that the facilities are right in the middle of an airport terminal, the admission fee of 1,000 yen is not too high. You can spend hours switching between baths and the sauna, or stretching out in the relaxation room, a quiet tatami-floored room.


Three Baths: Cold, Jet, and Hot, All with Airplane Views

As a hot spring addict, I feel honor-bound to point out that this bathhouse is not an onsen, Japanese hot spring. This type of bathhouse is called a sentou、 せんとう (銭湯). The baths are filled with tap water that is not geothermally heated, so the facilities cannot be called an onsen. Nonetheless, I recommend this bathhouse because of its cleanliness, special location, and comfortable facilities.
Relaxation Between Flights
Although Nagoya is not known for Japanese onsens, Nagoya has its share of good ones. My recommendation is Ryunsenji-no-yu, (竜 泉寺の湯), a hot spring facility in Nagoya, which has various hot-water baths and an entire floor of ganbanyoku rooms, each containing miscellaneous herbs or minerals and heated to different temperatures. Click on the link above to learn more.