Minoh Spa Garden Onsen
No day out in Minoh would be complete without an otsukare soak at the Minoh Spa Garden Onsen. Located just a short stroll from the station it’s the ideal finish to a day of exploration and hiking before jumping back on the train to Osaka. (Check out Candice’s post on Minoh Park, here)
For those wishing to stay the night, Spa Garden is part of the Minoh Kanko Hotel which offers several types of stay options. You can check out their website here (Japanese only). Despite Spa Garden’s new and modernized look, the facility lacks English instructions which can make it a bit difficult to navigate. Below is a quick how-to for your time at the onsen.
When heading back from the waterfall, you will see a big elevator on your right side as you near the town. Head to the top and walk along the bridge to the hotel. On entering the facility, follow signs to Spa Garden and make your way to reception. Here you will be given a wristband that you are required to keep on you the entire time (you will pay at the end). This wristband lets you pay for food in the dining area, as well as, games, spa treatments, etc. For each purchase, your band will be scanned and as you exit the onsen your bill will be totaled from this. It is worth noting that in the food court area, menus are in only in Japanese, but most have pictures and we found several friendly staff members eager to help us order.
After receiving your band, head through the red torii-gate lined corridor to the onsen area. It’s here that you can borrow a yukata for ¥100. We missed this step at first and had to go all the way back to get one later, so don’t pass it by. The yukata come in sizes S, M, L, LL and vary in design. Don’t forget to pick up a belt from the center table. Staff will assist you in choosing your size if needed.
The onsen is located on floor B1. So after picking your yukata, head downstairs. It’s here you will be given two towels to use within the spa. Once entering either the men’s or women’s side, you’ll find lockers to use free of charge as well as several other complimentary amenities such as soap, shampoo/conditioner, razors, etc. There are a few rules to keep in mind before entering the baths which you can read about here.
The indoor part of the onsen has 4 different relaxing bath with varying temperatures. The outside bath is quite small but great for checking out the view and taking in the fresh air. Spa treatments, such as massages, are available for an additional fee in the corner of the indoor spa.
The facility is well-thought-out and is suitable for solo visitors as well as couples and families. The facility has loads of games and other fun activities to keep children entertained next to the food court. The last time I went, they had a costume selection to pose for photos. There are also several tatami lounge rooms perfect for a little rest.
Admission & Hours
Open from 10am – 12pm (Last entry is at 11pm)
Weekdays: 10am – 6pm : ¥1,580, 6pm – 11pm: ¥980
Weekends/holiday: 10am – 6pm: ¥1,980, 6pm – 11pm: ¥1,280
Children (12 and under): 10am – 6pm: ¥980, 6pm – 11pm: ¥680
Babies: 10am – 6pm: ¥580, 6pm – 11pm: ¥380