板室温泉「きくや一望館」

Address:〒325-0111
Tochigi Prefecture, Nasushiobara, Itamuro 841-100
Tel:+81 287-69-0303
Fee:500 yen
Hours:10:00~18:00
Open everyday
Parking:On site(free)

Inside baths (mixed 1, group reservation 1, women 1)

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About Kikuya Ichibokan (map)

Itamuro Onsen is on the banks of the Naka River in the western part of the Nasu Mountain Range. It is in a deep forest and very quiet, and also known for its “Shimotsuke(下野)medicated bath”.

Kikuya Ichibokan is located on the hill which is near the center of the town. It has a very family oriented atmosphere.

Experience at Kikuya Ichibokan

Images of Kikuya Ichibokan and the baths’ descriptions

板室温泉きくや一望館

【The sign at the entrance】

You will see this sign when you walk up the hill from the town center.

板室温泉きくや一望館外

【The exterior】

板室温泉きくや一望館外観

【The front door】

The check-in desk is located on your left.

There are a lot of handmade ornaments in the lobby.

Kikuya Ichibokan has

・ Konyoku(mixed bathing)indoor bath
・ Indoor bath for a group reservation
・ Women only indoor bath

There are three baths. They all use 100% natural hot spring water.

**Normally the biggest bath is assigned to Konyoku, but it sometimes changes.

板室温泉きくや一望館外観

All the baths are located on the second floor.

The women only bath

板室温泉きくや一望館

When I visited, the women only bath was in the very back of the building.

女性用内湯の脱衣所

【The dressing room for the women only bath】

女性用内湯

【The indoor bath for the women only bath】

It accommodates 2 to 3 people.

There are two windows. It is nice and bright.

女性用内湯

There is shampoo, hair conditioner, and body soap.

The bath for a group reservation

板室温泉きくや一望館

It is right in front of the women only bath.

脱衣所

【The dressing room for the group reservation bath】

The dressing space is for two people.

There is a scale and a small sink.

家族風呂

【The bath tub】

It is small, but you can reserve the bathroom for free.

It does not feel cramped as there is a tall window.

家族風呂

There is shampoo, hair conditioner, and body soap.

The Konyoku bath

板室温泉きくや一望館

The biggest bath normally assigned for Konyoku is in the very front of the second floor.

When I visited, it said “Men only” ,,,

板室温泉きくや一望館

After I finished bathing in the women only bath, the sign was changed to Konyoku.

混浴内湯の脱衣所

【The dressing room for the Konyoku bath】

It is much bigger than the women only bath and the group bath.

大浴場の脱衣所

There is a hair dryer and a big sink.

大浴場

It is normally assigned to Konyoku
【The bath tub】

There is a continuing flow of hot water.

混浴露天風呂 石楠花の湯

It is big enough for ten people.

混浴露天風呂 石楠花の湯

The water is clear(colorless).The water temperature is a little lower than the average hot spring. It was just about perfect for me.

The hot water comes out from the center of the tub.

混浴露天風呂 石楠花の湯

The bath tub is pretty deep.

The water was very mild.

混浴露天風呂 石楠花の湯

It is an indoor bath but there are several large windows and a nice view of the forest.

You might want to open the windows as the fog on the windows will block your view.

The green foliage outside is lovely and the air is crisp.

女性用内湯

There is shampoo, hair conditioner and body soap. The shower water also comes from the natural hot spring.

【Mina’s comment】

The water was just lovely as there was a continuous water flow in every bath.

I was not sure about indoor baths as I prefer outdoor baths, but it did not bother me as there were enough windows to view the forest. It almost felt like I was outdoor.

If you want to enjoy bathing in a quiet setting , I recommend Kikuya Ichibokan.

Required level of nudity

You have to share the dressing room at Konyoku, and you are not allowed to dip your towels in the tub i.e., you can not wrap yourself with a towel.

According to the owner, the clientele is mostly local older people. I was a little bit shy, but I enjoyed it after all as the tub was so much more spacious than the other baths on the site.

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【Mina’s reviews】★★★☆☆
【Required level of nudity】  ★★★★★

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Details
Water type:Simple thermal
pH:9.4 (alkaline)
Towels in the baths:Not allowed
Good for:Rheumatism・Nerve pain・Menopause・Irregular period・Mobility・Hypertension・Wounds…etc.