Kanaya Onsen Ryokan, in Rendaiji, Shizuoka, has both segregated and mixed baths. Founded in 1866, it is famed for its indoor baths, particularly its mixed bath.
The mixed baths are inclusive, yet access to the baths, for ladies, is through a rustic wooden door that is lockable, and one-way. Ladies have exclusive access to three keys to open this door. If the key is misplaced during the bath, there is no way for the female bather to get back to the ladies changing area. Lol! A case of being inclusive yet exclusive (pun intended). :p
The large indoor mixed bath, built in 1915 and renovated in 2002, is 15-metre long and 5-metre wide, with two depths of about 600-millimetre, and 1-metre. The windows are water-to-ceiling height, and the waters are clear and hot!
The female indoor bath, built in 1991, is smaller at about 11 metres in length, with a 5-metre width. The bath, partitioned to offer varying water temperatures, offers a high ceiling wood structure.
Access to a modest size outdoor mixed bath of about 4 by 5 metres, is through another quaint wooden door. At first glance, one would assume that the only way to get to the other side is to stoop very, very low and squeeze through a narrow gap below the door. :p Thank goodness this was not to be. The door actually hangs about 1-foot above the water, and with a slight push, up a flight of steps, we embraced the sun and soaked in the not-so-hot waters.
Amenities-wise there are coin-operated lockers and hair dryers. In the bathing area, shampoo and body wash are available. We brought our own onsen towel, a bottle of spring water, and it was fun!
Whilst there, we saw a beautiful full-body tattoo on a guy. He and other guys were being entertained by a lady in the bath. It is refreshing to know that this bath is tolerant of body tattoos or did they sneak in surreptitiously? :p
KANAYA ONSEN RYOKAN
Address : 114-2 Kouchi, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka-ken 415-0011, Japan
Phone : 0558-22-0325