Look like a nice computer mock-up?
Well this is actually the entrance to one of my new favorite places, Ofuro Cafe Utatane.
It is a cafe/hotel/public bathhouse located in Omiya, near the Railway Museum.
Omiya, Saitama, is not a place where a posh Tokyo socialite like myself would normally think to go, but upon hearing about a cafe with a public bathhouse attached, I knew I needed to go.
And it was exactly what I always wanted.
To be honest, I did not want to leave…And you actually don’t have to leave.
1 hour – 500 yen
2 hours – 840 yen
Free time – 1,260 yen
Staying between the hours of 2:00 am to 5:00 am is an extra 840 yen.
Morning bath (5:00 am to 9:00 am) is 500 yen.
The actual place is only closed from the hours of 9:00 am to 10:00 am!
Only one hour!
(If you wanted to, you could just wait outside the doors for that hour and come back in)
The baths are less impressive than a regular onsen-only facility, but they do not feel lacking. There is an outdoor bath, cold bath, some indoor jet baths, a main indoor bath, electric bath, and a sauna.
In the lounging area there is a restaurant, a fire pit, comfy chairs and mini sofas with blankets you can use, a reading area, and an area filled with massage chairs.
My only complaint about the place?
It is closest to the Tetsudo Hakubutsukan Station on the New Shuttle Line. The New Shuttle Line is a dinky line that runs from Omiya station. It seems like an inconvenient line, and is a bit far when you are coming from Tokyo.
I am thinking about doing an article on different cafes, and this is one that is definitely making the list.