Day trip bathing travel journals to hot springs where we visited by train and bus

Saitama Seiganji-onsen

Saitama Seiganji-onsen

683-4, Oaza-Seiganji, Nishi Ward, Saitama City, Saitama Pref.

An open-air bath with onsen Flowing from the Source while looking at the elegant bamboo forest. You can relax all day long with plenty of healing

Seiganji-onsen open-air bath
Seiganji-onsen indoor bath Seiganji-onsen open-air bath Seiganji-onsen open-air bath

You can enjoy the open-air bath while looking at the fresh bamboo forest. And it would make you refreshing both physically and mentally. After the sun sets, the illuminated bamboo forest is fantastic.

In the open-air bath, there is a bathtub of onsen flowing from the source without heating. Other, the facility offers a wide variety of baths, such as high concentration carbonated bath, jacuzzi, lying-down bath, sauna and so on, so you can hop around the baths all day long.

Full facilities including not only meals but also esthetics and massages, barbers and nap rooms.

Location

Rating of access

4.0 pt(from Ikebukuro)

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Area / Railway

Kanto Region
Saitama Pref.

JR Kawagoe Line

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Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta.JR: 40 min Shonan-Shinjuku Line etc. - Kawagoe Line ¥ 510
  • Nishi-Omiya Sta. (North exit) Walk: 20 min 1.5 km (0.9 mi) Difference in elevation: 0 m (0 ft)
  • Seiganji-onsen
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta.JR: 40 min Shonan-Shinjuku Line etc. - Kawagoe Line ¥ 510
  • Nishi-Omiya Sta. (North exit) Saitama City Shared Taxi: 7 min ¥ 300
  • Seiganji-onsen
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta.JR: 40 min Shonan-Shinjuku Line etc. - Kawagoe Line ¥ 510
  • Nishi-Omiya Sta. (North exit) TobuBus: 3 min to Miyahara Sta. West exit ¥ 180
  • Seiganji Chuo Bus StopWalk: 6 min 0.5 km (0.3 mi)
  • Seiganji-onsen
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta.JR: 35 min Shonan-Shinjuku Line etc. - Takasaki Line ¥ 510
  • Miyahara Sta. (West exit) Tobu Bus: 8 min to Nishi-Omiya Sta. ¥ 180
  • Seiganji Chuo Bus StopWalk: 6 min 0.5 km (0.3 mi)
  • Seiganji-onsen
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta.JR: 35 min Shonan-Shinjuku Line etc. - Takasaki Line ¥ 510
  • Miyahara Sta. (West exit) Tobu Bus: 9 min to Hananooka ¥ 180
  • Seiganji Bus StopWalk: 1 min 0.1 km (0.1 mi)
  • Seiganji-onsen
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta.JR: 30 min Shonan-Shinjuku Line etc. ¥ 400
  • OmiyaSta. (West exit) Tobu Bus: 15 min O-60, O-62, O-63, O-65 ¥ 300
  • Seiganji Bus StopWalk: 1 min 0.1 km (0.1 mi)
  • Seiganji-onsen
Routes from Tokyo
  • Ikebukuro
  • JR
  • Nishi-Omiya
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 1 hr 00 min ¥ 510

  • Ikebukuro
  • JR
  • Nishi-Omiya
  • Noriai Taxi
  • hot spring
  • 47 min ¥ 810

  • Ikebukuro
  • JR
  • Nishi-Omiya
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 49 min ¥ 690

  • Ikebukuro
  • JR
  • Miyahara
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 45 - 49 min ¥ 690

  • Ikebukuro
  • JR
  • Omiya
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 46 min ¥ 700

  • Saitama City Shared Taxi (Sashiogi area, Nishi Ward) runs only 6 times a day on weekdays.
  • When boarding a bus from Nishi-Omiya Station, do not take a bus bound for Sashiogi Station.
  • "O-60, O-62, O-63, O-65" is the system number, and the destination is Hirakata, Rehabilitation Center, Maruyama Park or Nishiageo-shako. All of these buses pass through Seiganji Bus Stop.
  • The above fares are based on cash. When using an IC card, the fares may differ slightly.
  • The above times and distances are approximate. Does not include transfering or waiting times.

How to get to Seiganji-onsen

(Directions from Nishi-Omiya Sta.)
  1. Get off the escalator at the station's north exit and follow the road straight from the station. Cross Route 16 (Nishi Omiya Bypass) and go along the road a while
  2. At the six-way intersection (Seiganji Intersection), turn left diagonally and immediately turn left for about 200 m (656 ft)

bus stop: bus stop

Map and bus stop of Seiganji-onsen, Saitama City in Saitama Prefecture

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Travel journal of day trip bathing to hot spring

Characters

Nishi-san
Nishi-san
He is an orthodox hot springs lover and particular about quality of springs. He loves the hot springs flowing from the source, the hot water with a presence, and the rustic atmosphere.
Kita-san
Kita-san
He doesn't care much about quality of hot springs. He loves the open-air bath, and prefers hot springs that have visible features such as good views.

Nishi-san and Kita-san have come to Seiganji-onsen near Omiya today. It is at 3 pm on weekdays, so it seems that not so crowded.

Seiganji-onsen exterior

Exterior

Oh, this is Seiganji-onsen. Bamboo is planted, so I knew immediately.

The bamboo forest seems to be famous here.

It feels good to have a lot of greenery in a Japanese-style building, you know.

The building still looks new.

Seiganji-onsen restaurant

Restaurant

Slowly walking down the corridor while watching the courtyard, there is a bathing room just past the restaurant. First, Nishi-san and Kita-san decided to try the indoor bath.

Seiganji-onsen indoor bath

Indoor bath

Phew, isn't it nice?

Hmmm, a bit of chlorine odor bothers me ...

Hey! This cypress tub is a high concentration carbonated spring.

What? ... oh, I see. That's artificial carbonation.

It has a whirlpool and sauna too, and bathtub variations are rich, you know.

That would be nice for families and so on.

After taking a cypress tub, they finally went to an open-air bath.

Seiganji-onsen open-air bath

Open-air bath

Oh, as I've heard, it's a great bamboo forest.

I see, bamboo makes you feel refreshed.

After all, bamboo is so good for Japanese.

Oh ... Yeah ...

For the time being, Nishi-san is heading to "Rock tub". He is really interested in "Raw-Source Bath", but it was almost full of customers. After him, Kita-san also got into "Rock tub".

Seiganji-onsen has opened in 2006.

Seiganji-onsen open-air bath Rock tub

Rock tub

Yeah, not bad. It's so good.

The temperature is just right, and I feel better than expected in an open-air bath with a view of the bamboo forest.

Oh? ... Ah, in short, the water is overflowing from the "Hot-Source Bath", and it's flowing into here.

Do you mean the water is reused?

The temperature of each bathtub in the open-air bath is:
Raw-Source Bath (without heating): 37.5 ℃ (99.5 ℉)
Rock tub, Pot tub, Lying-down bath: 41 ℃ (105.8 ℉)
Hot-Source Bath: 43 ℃ (109.4 ℉)

Well, I guess you could say that. But from a different perspective, you could say they care the water. Of course, if you have plenty of spring water, don't have to reuse it.

I see. It's like a conveyor belt sushi.

Oh ... Yeah ...

Seiganji-onsen open-air bath Hot-Source bath

Hot-Source Bath

Then, let's get into Hot-Source Bath at the upper stream.

Kita-san get into Hot-Source Bath.

Kita-san, are you not good at Hot one?

Hmm ... Surely, it's a bit hot ...... No, no. I would prefer Rock tub.

If all the customers are like you, the Hot-Source will not get dirty at all. Then, it might be reasonable to make these bathtubs.

Seiganji-onsen pot tub

Pot tub

In addition, there are Pot tub, Lying-down bath, etc. The two entered them one by one. Then, they went into "Raw-Source Bath".

Oh, it's lukewarm. It's OK now, but I'll feel cold in winter.

It's a very good water. Better than expected. It has a bit of fine babbles, too.

I can't help taking a long time bathing here, you know. Look, some people are completely sleeping.

While Nishi-san and Kita-san were relaxing at "Raw-Source Bath", the open-air began to light in response to an impatient autumn evening. The bamboo forest is illuminated, creating a different atmosphere than during the day.

Seiganji-onsen open-air bath at night

Open-air bath at night

The bamboo forest at night is pretty good, too. I feel quiet.

I saw the Illumination of bamboo forest for the first time, but it's a solemn atmosphere.

But anyway, it's better to devise lighting. Like a expressing "Smart" by blue light, or "Elegant" by purple light.

It's just a imitation.

In this way, Nishi-san and Kita-san enjoyed plenty of Seiganji-onsen on a calm autumn day.

(October 2013)

All bathtubs in the open-air bath are not used circulating system.

Impression & rating

The water in the open-air bath is flowing from the source. It has fine babbles and better than I thought. I have an impression they treat the water carefully.

2.5 pt

Impression & rating

More than expected, it has a great healing effect that the open-air bath with a view of the bamboo forest. You can relax and take a long time bathing if not crowded.

3.5 pt

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The Onsen facility

Address
683-4, Oaza-Seiganji, Nishi Ward, Saitama City, Saitama Pref.
Phone
domestic: 048-625-7373
international: +81-48-625-7373
Web Site
Seiganji-onsen
Bathing hours
[Weekdays]
10:00 - 25:00(Last entry at 24:30) (Opened at 9:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays)
Regular holiday
Open everyday (closed several days a year for equipment inspection)
Charge
Adult: ¥ 720 (¥ 820 on Sat.,Sun. and Holidays) /
3 - 12 years old: ¥ 370 (¥ 420 on Sat.,Sun. and Holidays) /
Under 3 years old: Free (However, children without diapers cannot take a bath)
Baths
Gender-separated indoor bath, Gender-separated open-air bath
Facilities
There are undressing room lockers. (100 yen coin required, return type)
Remarks
Children who are not with adults cannot enter. Tattoos are not allowed.

The hot spring data
(from hot spring analysis report etc.)

(Survey date: Oct. 5, 2011)

Spring quality
Sodium - Chloride spring (Hypotonic Weak alkaline Hot spring)
Source
683-4, Oaza-Seiganji, Nishi Ward, Saitama City, Saitama Pref.
Temperature
38.3 ℃ (100.9 ℉)
[air temperature: 9 ℃ (48.2 ℉)]
Volume
? L / min (Pumping)
(According to a hot spring analysis report on July 14, 1999, 480 L / min)
Drilling depth
1,500 m (4,921 ft)
pH value
7.9
Total ingredients
4.109 g / kg
Perception
(According to a hot spring analysis report on July 14, 1999, slight yellow turbidity, salty and irony, almost odorless)

Today's Ekiben

Omiya bento
The appearance of Omiya Bento The whole of Omiya Bento

Omiya Bento

(Purchased at Omiya Sta.)

"Omiya Bento" is sold only at Omiya Station. Side dishes are inspired by Saitama. The roasted, boiled and fried foods are colorful, carefully seasoned, and quite delicious. The price is a bit high but it's a satisfying Ekiben. (¥ 1,200)

(Currently, it seems that Matsunoya, an Ekiben maker in Utsunomiya, has been renewed and sold.)

  • The descriptions on this page contain personal opinions and are not necessarily objective facts.
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