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[Kanagawa] Inariyu (いなり湯): Discover Tradition – Kuro-yu Black Hot Spring Bath Near Yokohama Chinatown


Reviving Tradition: Inariyu – A Journey Through Time and Resilience

Inariyu has a story that begins in the aftermath of World War II. Established in 1946, this historic bathhouse underwent a significant transformation in 1961 and has since stood as a testament to resilience and tradition. Originally, Inariyu operated in the Minami Ward of Yokohama, until tragedy struck on May 29, 1945. The devastating air raids reduced the bathhouse to ashes. However, from those ashes rose a phoenix as Inariyu reopened at its current location, a symbol of hope and revival.

Today, Inariyu is celebrated for its nostalgic ambiance, reminiscent of the Showa era, and its rejuvenating natural hot springs. Conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from Yamate Station on the JR Negishi Line, the bathhouse beckons visitors with its timeless charm.


Step inside, and you’ll be transported back in time, surrounded by traditional counters, exquisite interiors, and charming exteriors that capture the essence of the Showa era. But the experience doesn’t end there. Guests are invited to indulge in the therapeutic “Kuro-yu” black hot spring baths, or perhaps enjoy the rejuvenating electric baths available in certain areas. Adorning the walls are captivating paintings of Mount Fuji, intricate mosaic art, and stunning tile paintings, each telling a story of its own.


And worry not about forgetting your towel at home, as rental towels are available. So come, leave your worries behind, and immerse yourself in a leisurely and nostalgic experience at Inariyu.

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