here to access a glossary of Japanese hot spring terms.) When standing, you can see what Tokyoites affectionately and casually refer to as the Golden Turd Statue. The real name is the Asahi Flame, a statue designed by the famous French artist Philippe Starke. The 360-ton Asahi Flame or Golden Turd lies atop the Asahi Beer Hall.
The men's outdoor bath comes with a cute replica of Mt. Fuji from which hot water pours. So you get to enjoy three of Tokyo's popular attractions while bathing. What could beat that?
Unfortunately, one of Tokyo's oldest hot springs, just a short walk from Sensoji Temple, went out of business. I hope someone will fix it up. If I were a rich Tokyoite, I would turn it into an onsen museum. Luckily, though, a fantastic small community onsen, Jakotsuyu (蛇骨湯), still exists in Asakusa. To refresh yourself after a busy day of visiting various sites, I recommend a refreshing bath Jakotsuyu. You will see an overlooked part of Tokyo. Few tourists know about this hot spring. You will learn how the locals let their hair down and get clean at the same time.