[Update] Asakusa Kannon Onsen closed down in June 2016.
Responding to some requests, I'm going to write about an onsen in middle of a tourist spot in Tokyo.
bath. Mosaic tile art is beautiful. Board on the wall says "VERY HOT" in red. But it wasn't that hot.(photo: Apr. 2009)
You might have heard about Sensoji-temple（浅草寺） at Asakusa（浅草）, downtown Tokyo. It's popular among tourists and ranked 6th in TripAdvisor's "Top 20 sightseeing spots in Japan" (See my post dated Apr. 7th). But do you know there are two onsens just a stone' throw away from Senso-ji?
One is Asakusa Kannon Onsen（浅草観音温泉）, located less than 100 meters away from Sensoji, near five-story pagoda. It's easy to find this ivy covered old building.
Its classical GETABAKO (shoes rockers) may impress you, but generally it's rundown without a doubt and desperately needs some renovation.
The onsen water is... well, it's transparent by filtering and looks like tap or well water. When I soaked myself, I couldn't recognize the touch of onsen. It was more or less same as a tap water bath for me. And I found several white tablets in the tub for chlorination. Sounds like a swimming pool, doesn't it?
Entrance. Enter from left side door.
But still mosaic tile art on the wall is nice (see the top photo), and you can enjoy atmosphere of 1950's bath house especially in the changing room.
An old lady working there told me this place has about 40 years of history, but I doubt it. A sign board on the wall of changing room dated 27th year of the Showa era, it means 1952. Recommended for antique mania than soak addicts.
Inside of the changing room for ladies.
■ Asakusa Kannon Onsen（浅草観音温泉）
Type: Day visit only. Indoor bath, gender separated
Address: 2-7-26 Asakusa Taito-ku Tokyo
Business hour: 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Holiday: Wednesday. if national holiday falls on, following Thursday
Admission fee: ¥700
Equipment: No complementary soap & shampoo. A hand towel rental costs ¥150 (including ¥100 deposit).
Access: About 10 minutes walk from Asakusa Station of Tokyo Metro.
Link: Map of Asakusa Kannon Onsen in English (You can change the scale)
My rating (out of five): 2
[Another onsen in Asakusa] Jakotsuyu, Asakusa, Downtown Tokyo (Jun 19, 2011)