Jan 8, 2011
Came back from Ito Onsen, Shizuoka Prefecture. My pick today is a ryokan named "Yokikan". A 30 meters long in-house cable car (see pictures on their official website) takes you to an open-air bath on upper floor. You can see the Ito town, the sea and others from the bath.
It's a mixed bath, but as for day visit, probably they will let you or your group to soak for yourself or yourselves when business is slow. If you stay overnight, it turns "ladies only bath" at 7:30PM to 9:00PM and 6:00AM to 7:30 AM.
There are gender separated indoor baths as well. If you also want to soak indoor bath, you have to pay another ¥1,000. Of course you can soak as much asu you want if you stay over night.
Limited express "Izu Odoriko" takes you to Ito directly from Tokyo Station taking less than 2 hours.
◆Yokikan, Ito Onsen, Shizuoka Pref. （伊東温泉陽気館）
Type: Gender mixed open-air bath, gender separated indoor baths
Address: 2-24 Suehiro-cho, Ito-shi, Shizuoka Pref.
Location: 34.966944, 139.090591
Access: About ten minutes walk from the Ito Station.
Business hour of day visit : 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Holiday: Busy season (new year, golden week, mid August)
Admission fee: ¥1,000 (including bath towel hire)
Link: Official website of Yokikan in English
My rating (A-E): B
Inside of their cable car.