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



2-23-2, Kamata-honcho, Ota-ku, Tokyo

Kuroyu, the black water that Tokyo boasts, has only 5 cm transparent. A hot spring bathhouse with a feeling of old town, where local residents of Kamata gather

Kamata-onsen Kuroyu bathtub
Kamata-onsen exterior Kamata-onsen washing area Kamata-onsen jaccuzi

This Kuroyu feature a blackness. One of the most black water in Tokyo has only about 5 cm (2 inches) transparent. The bathtub has a hot spring faucet , which can be added Kuroyu. This bathhouse has two Kuroyu bathtubs, high and low temperature.

In addition to Kuroyu, Kamata-onsen has other bathtubs such as Jacuzzi with electric bath, cold water bath and sauna.

The second floor is a dining room and banquet hall where you can eat and rest. There is also a karaoke stage, which is also a social venue for local residents.


Rating of access

5.0 pt(from Shinagawa)

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Area / Railway

Kanto Region

Keikyu Line /
JR Keihin-Tohoku Line


Route from Shinagawa
  • Shinagawa Sta.Keikyu: 7 min Keikyu Line (Rapid etc.) ¥ 200
  • Keikyu Kamata Sta.Walk: 12 min 0.9 km (0.6 mi)
  • Kamata-onsen
Route from Shinagawa
  • Shinagawa Sta.JR: 10 min Keihin-Tohoku Line ¥ 170
  • Kamata Sta.Walk: 13 min 1 km (0.6 mi)
  • Kamata-onsen
Route from Shinagawa
  • Shinagawa Sta.JR: 10 min Keihin-Tohoku Line ¥ 170
  • Kamata Sta. (East exit) No.1 Bus Stop Keikyu Bus: 4 min Kama-73, 74, 75 ¥ 220
  • Kamata-honcho Bus StopWalk: 2 min 0.2 km (0.1 mi)
  • Kamata-onsen
Route from Hamamatsu-cho
  • Hamamatsucho Sta.Tokyo Monorail: 17 min ¥ 420
  • Tenkubashi Sta.Keikyu Bus: 25 min Kama-73, 74, 75 ¥ 220
  • Kamata-honcho Bus StopWalk: 2 min 0.2 km (0.1 mi)
  • Kamata-onsen
  • Shinagawa
  • Keikyu
  • Keikyu Kamata
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 19 min ¥ 200

  • Shinagawa
  • JR
  • Kamata
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 23 min ¥ 170

  • Shinagawa
  • JR
  • Kamata
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 16 min ¥ 390

  • Hamamatsu-cho
  • Tokyo Monorail
  • Tenkubashi
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 44 min ¥ 640

  • Keikyu buses going to Kamata-honcho Bus Stop have the system number: Kama-73, 74, 75 (to Rokugo Jinja, Daishibashishita, Haneda Shako).
  • 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 Kamata-onsen

(Directions from JR Kamata Sta.)
  1. Go out the station east exit and turn right
  2. Turn left when you come to Kanpachi (Loop Road No.8)
  3. Cross the Kanpachi and enter the road next to the post office
  4. Turn left at the Kamata-onsen sign on a utility pole
(Directions from Keikyu Kamata Sta.)
  1. Go out of the east exit and go down to south (toward Kawasaki) along Daiichi Keihin
  2. Turn right at the "Kamata Fire Sta." signal intersection

bus stop: bus stop

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Travel journal of day trip bathing to hot spring


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.
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.

Ota City in Tokyo is a land where many hot spring bathhouses with Kuroyu remain. Today, Nishi-san and Kita-san decided to go to Kamata-onsen one of the Kuroyu in Ota City. Kamata-onsen is located in an alley in the back of the shopping street.

Kamata-onsen exterior

Exterior (Entrance)

Oh, this is Kamata-onsen. It's like a rustic bathhouse in an old town.

The entrance is ... ah, there. It looks like a back door.

The two go to the bathing room at once. Now, it is still before the evening on weekdays, but some local customers already have come.

When you come from JR Kamata Station, turn left with this sign on a utility pole. Sign to Kamata Onsen

Kamata-onsen washing area

Washing area (Kuroyu bathtub in the back)

The washing area is slender, but quite large. Back is the bathtub.

Oh, Kuroyu! This bathtub is dyed black, you know.

The Kuroyu bathtub at Kamata-onsen is divided into low-temperature and high-temperature, and each one has a thermometer. They show the low one is 41.5 ℃ (106.7 ℉) and the high one is 45.5 ℃ (113.9 ℉). Four persons are already soaking in the low-temperature bathtub.

The reason why Kuroyu looks black is what it has "humic acid" made from plant sediments. Tokyo has many Kuroyu hot springs.

Kamata-onsen Kuroyu bathtub

Kuroyu bathtub

The low one is full. Well, OK. The other looks hot, but I try it ... Ouch! So hot!

Hey, still only 3 seconds. But it's a bit hot ... No, it's pretty hot.

Kamata-onsen jacuzzi with electric bath

Jacuzzi with electric bath

The hot water seemed a bit hot to relax, so the two decided to wait in a jacuzzi until the low one became not crowded. (By the way, jacuzzi is not a Kuroyu hot spring.) After a while, low one of Kuroyu became empty.

Wow, it's really black. It's like barley tea ... No, it's espresso coffee .... After all, Americano ...

Whatever. By the way, Kuroyu is not as peculiarity as it looks, but it's soft. In short, That's the spring quality of Kuroyu.

Nishi-san and Kita-san who enjoyed Kuroyu came up from the bath.

Oh, there's a break room on the second floor.

Then, let's take a break.

On the second floor there is a restaurant and banquet hall where you can take a break. They went up the stairs at once.

The bathtub is not necessarily limited to four people. It depends on customers.

For bathhouses in Tokyo, it is common for water temperatures to be around 46 ℃ (114.8 ℉). Apart from the locals, it's so hot for most travelers, I think.

Kamata-onsen stage on the second floor hall

Stage on the second floor hall

... So Showa-ish ...

... Yeah ...

Nishi-san and Kita-san ordered draft beer at the social hall-like restaurant in old town.

(February 2013)

At the cafeteria, a local uncle told the waitress, "I saw your face, and the pain in my waist has healed." What is common in the old town cafeteria.

Impression & rating

The Kuroyu here is quite black and thick. I'm happy that the Kuroyu bathtub has a faucet of hot spring source.

2.0 pt

Impression & rating

It has the atmosphere of one generation ago, close to the locals. The drawback is that the Kuroyu bathtub is small.

1.0 pt

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The Onsen facility

2-23-2, Kamata-honcho, Ota-ku, Tokyo
domestic: 03-3732-1126
international: +813-3732-1126
Web Site
Bathing hours
10:00 - 1:00
Regular holiday
Open year round
Adults (12 years old and over): ¥ 470 / Elementary school students: ¥ 180 / Preschool children: ¥ 80
Gender-separated indoor bath

The hot spring data
(According to hot spring analysis report etc.)

Spring quality
Sodium - Hydrogen carbonate / Chloride spring (Hypotonic Weak alkaline Cold mineral spring)
17.5 ℃ (63.5 ℉)
50.4 L / min (Pumping)
pH value
Total ingredients
2.33 g / kg
Black brown

Today's Bento

Torikyu Fried Chicken Bento
The appearance of Torikyu Fried Chicken Bento The whole of Torikyu Fried Chicken Bento

Kamata Torikyu Fried Chicken Bento

(Purchased at Torikyu main shop)

Kamata Torikyu is famous as a Bento for shooting staff. Fried chickens in white robes are delicious. The most popular is a "Special Bento" that contains chicken cutlets and yakitori. It's often sold out if you are late, so go to buy as soon as possible.

« menu »
Fried chickens, Shumai, Tsukune, Potato, Kamaboko, Bamboo Shoot

(¥ 630) (→ Kamata Torikyu website)

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