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Can you please suggest accessible day plan onsens in or around Kyoto (no more than 1.25 hours from Kyoto Station) that are accessible? I can take a couple of steps into the bath if there is a railing but looking for a barrier-free path to the baths.
I have found one accessible Onsen place. Entrance, but there are some steps to take a bath. (There are handrails, so hopefully it is not obstacle for you.)
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Sorry for the delayed response, I’ve been interested in this myself in the past and didn’t find much information then. However, now after doing a bit of digging, I believe I found some options (and possibly a place I may visit too, win-win!).
If you’re looking for a hotel with Onsen, I’ve found both Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo (https://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/kyoto-shijo/eng/) and Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei (https://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/kyoto-shinmachi/eng/) have accessible rooms and public onsen baths that don’t look too difficult to access (one step up and in with handrails).
Similarly, Centrale Hotel Kyotango (https://en.centrale.co.jp/) has an accessible room and a few beautiful public onsen options (indoor and outdoor, looks like just a couple steps in with handrails), PLUS if you just want to visit the onsen here you can pay for a one-day visit without having to stay in a room!
Lastly, I can’t confirm if the hotel portion is accessible, but if you’re looking for a stay with a private bath Syoenso Hozugawatei (https://www.syoenso-english.com/) has some (like most, there may be a step or two for onsen access).
Anyway, beyond the suggestion from Caregiver Japan (which is a great suggestion), I hope this will provide you with more options,
My friend Joan suggested Fu-fu-no-yu (https://www.hotespa.net/spa/fufu/). It has a ramp and an accessible toilet, but wheelchairs must be left in the changing room – meaning you would need to walk to the bath. You mentioned you can walk a bit, but if you just needed some support maybe Caregiver Japan could help arrange someone to go with you?
He also suggested one not in Kyoto, but an hour south from Osaka. It’s called Matsuba Onsen Taki No Yu near Mizumakan-Non. It’s got a private room with an accessible private bath. The public one has no steps to access either, only the one around the pool (it’s got no hoist, though). https://www.takiyu.jp/
Hope these help!
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