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

Ito Onsen Oka Hoteinoyu

Ito Onsen Oka Hoteinoyu

2-2-16, Sakuragi-cho, Ito City, Shizuoka Pref.

Features are abundant hot water and two bathtubs: hot and warm bath. A vibrant communal bathhouse with a nostalgic Showa-like atmosphere

Oka Hoteinoyu bathtub, Ito Onsen
Oka Hoteinoyu exterior, Ito Onsen Oka Hoteinoyu Hotei statue, Ito Onsen Oka Hoteinoyu undressing room, Ito Onsen

A large quantity of mild, colorless and transparent hot water is flowing from the source.

A bathing room has two bathtubs, which is rare in a communal bathhouse in Ito. You can enjoy hot and warm water alternately.

It is a communal bathhouse that has a lively of locals, and a nostalgic feeling with the Showa retro.

Location

Rating of access

2.5 pt(from Shinagawa)

3.5 pt(from Shizuoka)

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Area / Railway

Tokai Region
Shizuoka Pref.

JR Ito Line

onsen

Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. Odakyu: 1 hr 40 min Odawara Line ¥ 900
  • Odawara Sta.JR: 1 hr Tokaido Line - Ito Line ¥ 680
  • Ito Sta.Walk: 15 min 1.2 km (0.7 mi) Difference in elevation: 1 m (3 ft)
  • Oka Hoteinoyu
Route from Tokyo (Shinagawa)
  • Shinagawa Sta.JR: 2 hrs 30 min Tokaido Line - Ito Line ¥ 2,310
  • Ito Sta.Walk: 1 min
  • Goloso Bicycle rental: 8 min ¥ 500 per 1 hr -
  • Oka Hoteinoyu
Route from Tokyo (Shinagawa)
  • Shinagawa Sta. Odoriko: 1 hr 40 min Non-reserved seat¥ 3,670
  • Ito Sta.Izukyu: 3 min ¥ 170
  • Minami Ito Sta.Walk: 14 min 1.1 km (0.7 mi) Difference in elevation: -10 m (-33 ft)
  • Oka Hoteinoyu
Route from Tokyo (Shinagawa)
  • Shinagawa Sta. Shinkansen: 40 min Kodama etc. Non-reserved seat¥ 4,070
  •  (Transfer at Atami Sta.)JR: 25 min Ito Line ¥ -
  • Ito Sta. Tokai Bus: 8 min for Hagi / Shuzenji Sta. / Shimin Byoin¥ 200
  • Sakuragicho Bus StopWalk: 2 min 0.1 km (0.1 mi)
  • Oka Hoteinoyu
Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. Odakyu express: 1 hr 25 min Romancecar Reserved seat ¥ 1,810
  • Odawara Sta.JR: 1 hr Tokaido Line - Ito Line ¥ 680
  • Ito Sta.Taxi: 10 min about ¥ 700
  • Oka Hoteinoyu
Route from Shizuoka
  • Shizuoka Sta.JR: 1 hr 50 min Tokaido Line - Ito Line ¥ 1,690
  • Ito Sta.(The rest is the same as above)
Route from Shizuoka
  • Shizuoka Sta. Shinkansen: 40 min Kodama Non-reserved seat¥ 3,450
  •  (Transfer at Atami Sta.) Odoriko: 25 min Non-reserved seat+ ¥ 520
  • Ito Sta.(The rest is the same as above)
Routes from Tokyo
  • Shinjuku
  • Odakyu
  • Odawara
  • JR
  • Ito
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 55 min ¥ 1,580

  • Shinagawa
  • JR
  • Ito
  • Bicycle rental
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 39 min ¥ 2,810

  • Shinagawa
  • Odoriko
  • Ito
  • Izukyu
  • Minami Ito
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 1 hr 57 min ¥ 3,840

  • Shinagawa
  • Shinkansen
  • Atami
  • JR
  • Ito
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 1 hr 15 min ¥ 4,270

  • Shinjuku
  • Odakyu Romancecar
  • Odawara
  • JR
  • Ito
  • Taxi
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 35 min about ¥ 3,190

Routes from Shizuoka
  • Shizuoka
  • JR
  • Ito
  • (The rest is the same as above)
  • 1 hr 50 min+ ¥ 1,690+

  • Shizuoka
  • Shinkansen
  • Atami
  • Odoriko
  • Ito
  • (The rest is the same as above)
  • 1 hr 05 min+ ¥ 3,970+

  • The fare of JR Express and normal Shinkansen is "Basic fare" plus "(Super) Express charge". (These are determined according to the distance.) "(Super) Express charge" has two types: Reserved seat and Non-reserved seat. Reserved seat charge adds ¥ 730 (during the busy season) or ¥ 530 (during the normal season) or ¥ 330 (during the off season) to Non-reserved seat charge. (For details, please refer to JR East _ Ticketing and Busy / Normal / Off season calendar.)
  • Goloso is a bicycle rental and coffee shop just a minute's walk from Ito Station. Closed on Tuesdays, bicycle rental hours are from 10:00 to 17:00 (reception closes at 16:00), TEL: 0557-52-6644.
  • 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 Oka Hoteinoyu

(Directions from Ito Sta.)
  1. Exit the station and turn right. Go straight for a while
  2. Immediately after crossing a small bridge, turn left, go 30 m (98 ft) and turn right. From there, walk 2 blocks (150 m (492 ft)) and turn left
  3. Go straight ahead at the traffic lights (there are Okawa liquor store and a seven-eleven store). Go 1 block and turn right. (Around behind the seven-eleven store)

bus stop: bus stop

Map and bus stop of Ito Onsen Oka Hoteinoyu in Shizuoka 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.

"The Seven Deities of Good Fortune" bathhouses tour in Ito Onsen [the 7th bath]

(→ Continuation from the 6th bath, Kamata Fukurokujunoyu. The 1st bath is Ebisu Arainoyu.)
Nishi-san and Kita-san are going around the bathhouses of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune bathhouses in Ito Onsen today. They've already visited six Deities bathhouses out of seven, and the rest is only Hotei. And then, they've finally arrived at Oka Hoteinoyu.

Oka Hoteinoyu Hotei statue, Ito Onsen

Hotei statue

Finally, the last of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune.

Yeah, it was so long ... I've been really tired ...

But, here is bustling and lively, isn't it?

Exactly. Looks like many customers are there.

Oka Hoteinoyu exterior, Ito Onsen

Exterior

Get in and go to the undressing room.

Oh, it's like Showa retro.

Exactly, these turquoise lockers have a good taste.

Oka Hoteinoyu undressing room, Ito Onsen

Undressing room

Immediately to the bathing room. Oka Hoteinoyu has a feature of two bathtubs. Two small bathtubs line in the center, and around them is a washing area.

Boy, is this a bit unique? Two buthtubs.

It may be the only bathhouse in Ito where has two bathtubs.

Is the hot water the same?

I'm not sure. Let's get in for now.

Nishi-san and Kita-san get into the bathtub on the right.

Oka Hoteinoyu bathtub, Ito Onsen

Bathtub on the right

Oh, good hot water.

Water feels fresh. It's a good hot water.

Okay. Then, I try the other.

Kita-san get into the bathtub on the left.

For Ito sightseeing with route buses, Tokai Bus' "Ito sightseeing freely ticket" may be reasonable. (Getting on and off freely within the area.
Adults: ¥ 1,300 / Children: ¥ 650)

Hotei is the deity of happiness, contentment, and good fortune. The temple associated with Hotei is Torinji. It is about 600 m (1969 ft) away from Oka Hoteinoyu in a straight line.

How is it different?

Hotter here. It's about 42 degrees?

Oh, they're setting it at a different temperature. Then, you can go back and forth between hot and warm.

In terms of temperature, this is the best bathhouse, which we've been to today.

Because it's the last of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune, they thoroughly enjoyed Oka Hoteinoyu and have come out of it.

Well, I didn't think I would go around all the Seven Deities of Good Fortune in one day ... I'm so exhausted ...

Getting into hot springs is so tiring ... But I have a sense of accomplishment, you know. I'm so happy.

I wonder if we would come to the other Hoteinoyu someday.

... What? the other Hoteinoyu? ... Is there another Hoteinoyu?

Yes, there are two bathhouses for some reason just with Hotei. So, there are eight bathhouses of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune in total. ... Didn't you know?

What! Really!? ... It means, we haven't completed it yet ...

Oh, ... No, ... But, ... It's no doubt we've visited the Seven Deities all, right? ... Yes, so, let's drink beer with this today ...

That's no good! Let's go to the other Hoteinoyu! We've come all this way, must go!

But, beer ...

After we've completed! Come on!

... I've done it ... Shouldn't have said ...

That's why, the tour of the bathhouses of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune is going into an unexpected extra time. Finally, they are heading to the real last "Ogawa Hoteinoyu". (→ Continue to the 8th bath, Ogawa Hoteinoyu)

(June 2015)

42 ℃ is 107.6 ℉.

Impression & rating

You can feel freshness from the hot water. It has many locals and a good atmosphere.

2.5 pt

Impression & rating

The bathtub is small, but the hot water is not too hot so you can relax.

0.5 pt

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The Onsen facility

Address
2-2-16, Sakuragi-cho, Ito City, Shizuoka Pref.
Phone
domestic: 0557-36-3670
international: +81-557-36-3670
Web Site
Ito Tourist Association _ Oka Hoteinoyu
Bathing hours
14:00 - 22:00
(Last entry at 21:30)
Regular holiday
Tuesdays
Charge
Adults: ¥ 250 / Elementary school students and under: free / Private bath: ¥ 700 or ¥ 800
Baths
Gender-separated indoor bath, Private bath
Equipments
No shampoo etc.

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

(Survey date: Mar. 15, 2010)

Spring quality
Simple hot spring (Hypotonic Weak alkaline Hot spring)
Source
Mixed spring
Oka No. 55 (2-622-2, Sakuragi-cho, Ito City)
Oka No. 56 (2-620-3, Sakuragi-cho, Ito City)
Oka No. 133 (4-136-2, Hirono, Ito City)
Oka No. 134 (4-131-2, Hirono, Ito City)
Oka No. 144 (2-147-2, Hirono, Ito City)
Temperature
41.2 ℃ (106.2 ℉) in the mixed hot water tank
[air temperature: 12 ℃ (53.6 ℉)]
Oka No. 55: 36.9 ℃ (98.4 ℉)
Oka No. 56: 39.1 ℃ (102.4 ℉)
Oka No. 133: 47.6 ℃ (117.7 ℉)
Oka No. 134: 46.7 ℃ (116.1 ℉)
Oka No. 144: 52.8 ℃ (127.0 ℉)
Volume
Oka No. 55: 120 L / min
Oka No. 56: 90 L / min
Oka No. 133: 100 L / min
Oka No. 134: 100 L / min
Oka No. 144: 109 L / min
(Pumping)
pH value
8.3
Total ingredients
0.662 g / kg
Perception
Almost colorless, transparent, tasteless, odorless, no gas generation

Today's Ekiben

Gion's Inari-zushi
The appearance of Gion's Inari-zushi The whole of Gion's Inari-zushi

Inari-zushi

(Purchased at Ito Station)

Inari-zushi bento, the signature product of the ekiben maker "Gion" in Ito. Because it has a rich sweetness, people may like or dislike it. But as between-meal snacks, it is delicious to eat a little when you are a bit of hungry.

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Inari-zushi, Pickled ginger

(¥ 620) (→ Gion website)

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