One of the things guests really look forward to in Japan is the “ofuro" (bath). Unwinding and decompressing by going for a soak in the bathtub at a large public bath could be pure bliss. There are a lot of spa facilities in Osaka where you can dip in a bath, relax in a sauna, have a massage and eat under one roof. Here, we will introduce five spas that are recommended for sightseers in Osaka.
When you talk about spa facilities in the Osaka region, SpaWorld – Onsen from Around the World will definitely come to mind. Here, guests can enjoy a wide array of baths and bedrock baths that use various countries as motif, including an open-air bath, ancient Roman bath, and Greek medicinal bath. They also have pools, a beauty salon, massage center, gym and gift shop, as well as restaurants if you want to eat. You will not get tired of this place even if you stay there for one whole day.
It is open 24 hours a day, so you can take a break in the Resting Room with reclining chairs, or stay in the adjacent hotel. You can save on accommodation charges by just staying in the Resting Room, but this place is usually packed on the weekend, so if you want to use that room, it would be better to do so on weekdays. As for the restaurants, there are those that open until late night or start early in the morning. Among the restaurants in the building, we recommend the restaurant that serves okonomiyaki, Osaka’s famous specialty dish, and the robata (Japanese-style barbecue) pub. If you eat and then relax in the bath, you will be full of energy when you go sightseeing the next day! What are you waiting for? Go, experience one of Japan’s largest spa facilities.
Entrance fee is 2,700 JPY (incl. tax) for adults. A late night fee of 1,300 JPY (incl. tax) will be added to the usual fee when you enter between 12:00 midnight and 5:00 am.
Naniwa Kenko Land Utopia is a bathing facility that is open 24 hours a day. It is located near Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, and other sightseeing destinations in the region, so it is easily accessible to travelers. This spa is fully equipped with facilities such as baths, restaurants, karaoke bar, reclining space with TV, and massages. The ease in utilizing this spa has made it popular as guests who are staying at their hotel can rest in the reclining space and can come empty-handed because the spa is complete with all the amenities. There are six types of bath for men and seven types of bath for women in this facility, and guests get to enjoy salt sauna and medicinal baths, starting with the hinoki cypress bath and open-air hot bath.
After soaking in the bath, we recommend further relaxing your body by having a Thai massage and other treatments, but these services will be charged separately. If you get hungry, there’s a lot of food to choose from, including soba noodles, tempura meals, and sashimi. This is a spa facility that will make you enjoy your trip in Osaka even more with its authentic open-air baths and onsen atmosphere.
Entrance fee to this spa is 1,250 JPY (excl. tax) for adults (middle school students and older). An additional fee of 1,500 JPY (excl. tax) will be charged as late-night fee when you enter from 1:00 am until 6:00 am.
2. Naniwa Kenko Land Utopia
Located right next to Sakuragawa Station on the Sennichimae Line of the Osaka Municipal Subway, Spadio is a spa facility that takes pride in its natural hot springs. Among the natural hot spring baths here is the Naniwa Shichisachi no Yu, the bedrock bath, salt sauna and enzyme capsule where you can relax, making this spa famous even among women. The natural hot springs they have are just the simple hot springs that are effective for nerve and muscle pains, perfect for soothing your body that is exhausted from sightseeing. And if you suddenly have to stay the night, you don’t need to worry here because they have all the amenities you might need and a Laundromat for washing your clothes. After you soak in the bath, it would feel really good to relax by having a cold beer and some food from the adjacent restaurants. The capsule rooms in this spa are separate for men and women, so even women can stay here without any worries. This spa is also a must-see sightseeing destination.
Men’s capsule room rate: Starts at 3,000 JPY (including hot spring fee)
Ladies’ capsule room rate: Starts at 3,200 JPY (including hot spring fee)
CABANA is a metropolitan sauna and spa facility for the exclusive use of men that is located right beside Namba and Shinsaibashi. With three courses to choose from – spa course, spa and gym course, and capsule hotel course – the appeal of this place is that you can easily access it at anytime of the day. There’s a luxurious atmosphere when you get inside, as this facility is fully equipped with hot tubs, cold water baths, other types of baths, high-temperature and low-temperature mist saunas, and other amenities in the huge Spa Zone. On top of those, it also has a fitness facility, restaurants, a relaxation room where you can read, and authentic massage services. With its complete lineup of facilities and services, it is so cozy that you’d feel like you don’t want to leave. It's no surprise that this spa has a lot of regular customers.
Once you have chosen a spa course, you can stay in one of the reclining chairs with TV in the Relaxation Lounge or sleep in the capsule hotel. It’s a spa facility where you can enjoy a resort hotel feeling at affordable prices, so you must try this spa at least once.
Spa entrance fee for adults is 2,100 JPY for 5:00 am – 11:00 pm, and 2,600 JPY for 11:00 pm – 5:00 am.
*An extension fee will be charged if you stay longer than 12 hours
The capsule hotel course starts at 4,100 JPY.
LADY’S SAUNA is a women-only beauty spa that is located in the same building as CABANA that we introduced earlier. Here, you can avail of authentic spa and a wide range of treatments 24 hours a day. The aesthetic bath, foot bath and other baths with massage effect, the Finnish sauna where you can enjoy loyly (steam rising from hot rocks after you pour water on them), and the salt sauna are quite popular in this place. We definitely recommend this spa facility to women. Aside from the sauna and bath, they also have a lounge where you can eat, as well as nail, hair and beauty salons that make this spa all the more convenient. If you are staying in the hotel, then you can use the reclining seat at the Reclining Corner. Now this spa tends to be packed on the weekend, so it would be best to go there on weekdays. You just have to try this spa!
Entrance fee to this spa is 2,700 JPY (incl. tax) for adults. An additional fee of 1,000 JPY (incl. tax) will be charged as late-night Reclining Corner usage fee if you come late at night.
*An extension fee will be charged if you stay longer than 12 hours
*You cannot stay in the hotel from late Sunday night until Monday
5. LADY’S SAUNA
Osaka has a lot of different types of spas where you can stay, including spas that look like amusement centers and spas that seek to enhance your beauty. Try them out according to your needs!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.