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



3-4-20, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Good old Kuroyu bathhouse in Tokyo. But, too hot water and too deep bathtub are nothing but Black Hot Sadistic

Rokuryu-kosen exterior
Rokuryu-kosen wall painting Rokuryu-kosen Kuroyu bathtub Rokuryu-kosen undressing room ceiling

Transparency is about 30 cm (12 inches). This Kuroyu has color like oolong tea.

Rokuryu-kosen has two temperature bathtubs: moderate and high. However, it is no less than 45 ℃ (113 ℉) even if it is said to be moderate temperature. The high one is exceptionally hot and deep tub.

It has a propeller fan on the undressing room ceiling, the Kara hafu (Chinese-like gable) at the entrance, and the Kintaikyo Bridge mural on the bathing room wall. Founded in 1931, an old-fashioned bathhouse that has continued since before the World War Two.

Rokuryu-kosen was closed on August 15, 2020.


Rating of access

5.0 pt(from Ueno)

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Area / Railway

Kanto Region

Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

Keisei Line

JR Yamanote Line etc.


Route from Ueno
  • Keisei Ueno Sta. or
    JR Ueno Sta. Walk: 14 min 1.1 km (0.7 mi)
  • Rokuryu-kosen
Route from Ueno
  • Ueno Sta.Walk: 6 min 0.4 km (0.2 mi)
  • Ueno Koen Bus Stop Toei Bus: 5 min¥ 210
  • Ikenohata Nichome Bus StopWalk: 6 min 0.5 km (0.3 mi)
  • Rokuryu-kosen
Route from Nishi-Nippori
  • Nishi-Nippori Sta. Tokyo Metro: 3 min Chiyoda Line ¥ 170
  • Nezu Sta.Walk: 7 min 0.5 km (0.3 mi)
  • Rokuryu-kosen
  • Ueno
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 14 min ¥ 0

  • Ueno
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 17 min ¥ 210

  • Nishi-Nippori
  • Tokyo Metro
  • Nezu
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 10 min ¥ 170

  • East-West Megurin takes a long time from Ueno Station to Ogai Kyukyoato Bus Stop. On the other hand, return (from Ogai Kyukyoato Bus Stop to Ueno Station) takes about 6 minutes.
  • 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 Rokuryu-kosen

(Directions from JR Ueno Sta.)
  1. Proceed from Shinobazu Exit toward Shinobazu Pond, and head north on the road (Dobutsuen-dori) between Ueno Park and Shinobazu Pond.
  2. Straight along the road
  3. Enter the left path at there is the sign on a utility pole

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.

Kuroyu is one of the hot springs that Tokyo is proud of. This time, Nishi-san and Kita-san have come to Ueno to go to the Kuroyu bathhouse "Rokuryu-kosen". They walked while looking at Shinobazu Pond on the left, and around 3:30, they have arrived at Rokuryu-kosen.

Rokuryu-kosen exterior


Wow, Kara hafu! It's just like a bathhouse.

Looks a solid atmosphere.

They entered the undressing room. Though it has just opened, some regular customers were already being.

Rokuryu-kosen undressing room

Undressing room

Oh, This bathhouse has a high ceiling and a pretty nice building.

Rokuryu-kosen undressing room ceiling

Undressing room ceiling

Hey, carp are swimming in the garden pond, you know.

Nishi-san and Kita-san step into the bathing room. The sunlight in the afternoon is pouring down from a skylight on a blue high ceiling. They are directing a refreshing atpmosphere that the mural painting of Kintaikyo Bridge in front and the Western-like painting on the side wall. In this bright bathing room, there are not a bit of the indication of the upcoming tragedy.

When coming from Ueno Station, turn left with this sign on a utility pole. Sign to Rokuryu-kosen

Rokuryu-kosen bathing room

bathing room

It's so bright. I thought it was dark because an old-fashioned bathhouse, but completely different.

The bathtub of Kuroyu in Rokuryu-kosen is divided into "moderate temperature tub" and "high temperature tub". (A part of the moderate one is a jacuzzi.) First of all, the two enter the moderate one.

Rokuryu-kosen public bath mural painting

Bathhouse mural painting

Wow! So hot!

It's really hot ... You can't take a long bath. In short, getting in and out quickly is smart.

Kita-san, who is not good at hotter water, can't stay in the moderate one for just only 10 seconds. but even so, it seems that the "high temperature tub" is a concern.

Rokuryu-kosen Kuroyu bathtub

Kuroyu bathtub

There tub is hotter than here ... Well, you can't tell unless you try. I'll try a little bit ...

You feel too hot even if moderate, don't you? Can you get into the high one?

The high tub is so deep, that it's impossible to get into little by little from the tip of foot while checking the temperature.


I told you so.

☆◆!!! ▼chi!!!

Be quiet.

Kita-san has finally escaped from the tub.

... I thought I would die ...

Nishi-san and Kita-san gave up soaking in the bathtub long time and decided to leave so soon.

Still warm even after getting out of the bath.

My body still hurts ... Like I've burned ...

Rather than relaxing in the bath, Kita-san came back home with a sense of defeat.

(March 2013)

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

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.

Impression & rating

There is an old-fashioned, slightly nostalgic atmosphere. The water is also fresh.

2.0 pt

Impression & rating

Surely I think the atmosphere is good. But ... it's too hot to get into ... the bathtub.

1.0 pt

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The Onsen facility

3-4-20, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
domestic: 03-3821-3826
international: +813-3821-3826
Web Site
Bathing hours
15:30 - 23:00
Regular holiday
Mondays and Thursdays
Adults (12 years old and over): ¥ 470 / Elementary school students: ¥ 180 / Preschool children: ¥ 80
Gender-separated indoor bath
No shampoo etc.

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

(Note) The following data is based on the 1931 analysis.

Spring quality
Sodium - Hydrogen carbonate spring (Hypotonic (Weak) Alkaline Cold mineral spring)
pH value
- (Weak alkaline / Alkaline)
Total solids
1.2770 g / kg
... Reddish-black-brown clear, trace foreign matter recognized, no smell, ...

Today's Ekiben

Fukagawa Meshi
The appearance of Fukagawa Meshi The whole of Fukagawa Meshi

Fukagawa Meshi

(Purchased at Ueno Station)

One of Tokyo's representative Ekiben is Fukagawa Meshi. It containes clams and conger eel. I think that clams are the leading role because it is called Fukagawa Meshi that the rice bowl with clams, but conger stands out. Though, clams and conger are both delicious, so it's no problem.

« contents »
Tea rice (Japanese), Fukagawa-ni (clams, fried tofu, burdock, ginger), Simmered conger, Seaweed, Tree onion, Rolled omelet, Simmered food (konjac, carrot, common bean), Daikon pickles, Small eggplant pickles

(¥ 900)

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