Oe-machi Senior Center
A hot spring facility adjacent to Terme Hakuryo Health Spa. Sharing the same hot spring source, Funauta Onsen, with Terme, the facility is characterized by its bathtub rental service – guests can rent a bathtub by the hour. Although recommended mainly for family use and for wheelchair users, the service is available for any person and baths can be rented for single use as well. A completely private bathroom is available for anyone who feels uncomfortable using a public bath or who wishes to bathe with close ones. (Hot water supplied directly from the source.)
Location:〒990-1101 876-18, Oaza Aterazawa, Oe-machi, Nishimurayama-gun, Yamagata
Bathing fees:700 yen/Adult, 250 yen/Child (up to elementary school students), Free for infants.
*Cash (700 yen) or coupon tickets available for purchase at the Senior Center accepted.
The tickets purchased at the Health Spa or Hakuryo-so and the coupon for “Oe-machi Fresh Health Promotion Project” cannot be used anymore.
*Limited privilege for the residents of Oe-machi
A) Persons certified as needing care,
B) Physically Disabled Person’s Handbook holders,
C) Persons who are issued with a mental health and welfare certificate (helper accompaniment required),
D) Persons who are issued with a rehabilitation certificate (helper accompaniment required),
E) Persons older than 75 years old, and
F) Persons who bathe to provide care for the persons relevant to categories A to E above (up to two persons) may bathe for a fee of 300 yen. *Cash only.
(We ask you to present the handbook or other certificate for confirmation at the first visit.)
Closed:First Thursdays of the month, January 1st
Open Hours:1 PM to 7 PM
Private reservation schedule will fall into the following:
1 to 2 PM, 2 to 3 PM, 3 to 4 PM,
4 to 5 PM, 5 to 6 PM, 6 to 7 PM
Scheduled timeframe is subject to slight changes, please be understanding and patient.
How to make reservations:Please call prior to your visit in order to check availability and other information.
The following five questions will be asked, please be prepared to answer.
1. Name, 2. Phone number, 3. Number of people, 4. Wheelchair user or not, and 5. Preferred time of usage.
Hot Spring Quality
Containing large amounts of common salt, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and sulfur, the onsen water has an extraordinarily high dissolved ingredient amount of approximately 20 grams per liter (equivalent to 2/3 of sea water). It is a hot spring with uniquely high density, not to mention within the prefecture but also at the nationwide level. It is believed to be good in the treatment of diabetes, neuralgia, sore muscles, chronic women’s diseases, and recovery from exhaustion, earning the alias of “Wakasa-no-yu,” which means “hot spring of youth.” The efficaciousness of this thick water quality is extraordinary and is receiving praise from many visitors who claim that they were “able to get over their daily fatigue” or they “use periodically with the family.”
Another characteristic of Funauta Onsen is the color of its water that changes every day from emerald-green to milky-white, and to transparent.
Hot Spring Facility
The Senior Center consists of two bathrooms, a large one and a small one, each equipped with a dressing room.
The large bathroom is big enough to accommodate an entire family.
The smaller bathroom is recommended for wheelchair users.
Each bathroom is equipped with its own private dressing room to maintain the privacy of users.
Natural wood is amply used to create this open space with a high ceiling, keeping the temperature cool during summer, and winter warm with the heated floor. Visitors are welcome to relax here before and after taking a bath.