Today it was beautiful day, so I went to Nishi Izu with my son, Yuuki.
After 1 hours driving we could see the ocean and drove for 5 minutes we got to "Sawada Koen (Open-Air Spa)"
When we arrived there was nobody in a parking lot and I found a sign at the reception of this Onsen.
"Closed on every Tuesday" it said.
But I was not going to take a bath there because my son had a little cold today.
After parking my car we went up the steep steps to get to Onsen on the top of hill.
"Hey Yuuki, watch your step !!" …..
The Onsen was closed today but I could see a bath inside over the fense. (Of course, only bath for men !)
This Onsen is very famous of its beautiful view and location on the edge of a cliff.
The view of sunset is amazing if you don't know. This is one of great view of Rotenburo in Izu peninsula.
The bathtub is not big, the capacity would be 4 or 5 people, I think.
You feel the water is a liitle hot during summer and it is difficult to take a bath if you have a strong wind in winter.
"Be carful ! Watch your step, Yuuki !!"
Recently he wants to go everywhere he can go and follow me.
But it is sometimes dangerous for him.
Actually I wanted to go to the view point of Mt. Fuji in Nishi Izu, but I didn't go there because the air was not clear to see Mt. Fuji.
"We will be back next time when it it sunny, right ? Yuuki !"
"Sawada Koen Rotenburo"
2817-1 Sawada Nishina Nishiizu-cho Shizuoka Pref.
Charge – 500yen per adult 300 yen per child (4 year ~ primary school)
Parking lot – 15~20 units (Free for bathing people)
Operation time –
7:00am – 7:00pm (from October to June)
6:00am – 8:00pm (from July to September)
Small towel – 100 yen Locker – 100 yen
Big bathtowel, Shampoo, Soap and Dryer are not provided.
Map – Google Maps in Japanese
Click here to get more information with a lot of photos
This Onsen was broken by typhoon in August 2009, but it was repaired and re-opened on April 30th 2011.