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Enjoy the Hingya’s Heat at the Fureai Sauna

2018.1.15|Aogashima

The word “hingya” comes from the islands’ dialect, specifically from the expression “hi no kiwa,” which means “at the fire’s edge.” What it refers to is an area in the Ikenosawa district where steam comes from countless holes in the ground. Before electricity came, islanders used the hot steam to cook. Today, the Fureai Sauna also utilizing this steam is an attraction for both tourists and locals. The steam is quite hot (about 60 degrees Celsius) but depending on the weather and other factors, the temperature and humidity can vary. Even if you don’t use the actual sauna, you can use the nearby cooking pots to prepare everything from eggs and potatoes to kusaya dried fish and even red rice with beans. This is an experience that you can’t get anywhere else in Tokyo!

Fureai Sauna
Closed on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays
Open 16:00-20:00 (weekdays, admission until 19:00), 14:00-20:00 (on Sat, Sun, and holidays, admission until 19:00)
TEL: 04996-9-0203 (during opening hours)