Bath House History

The Historic Miyazaki Bathhouse is a one of a kind diamond in the rust. Set in the heart of old Japantown Walnut Grove, California, is a small town nestled in the beauty of the Sacramento Delta and its 1200 miles of snaking waterways.

The Miyazaki is the only historical functioning Japanese bathhouse (Ofuro) in the country. Did you know there used to be many?

Prior to World War II, the Japanese who immigrated to the U.S. and settled in this area created a thriving community which they called “Kawashimo” or city by the water. They brought with them the wonderful tradition of their ritual bathing, which served both as an important social amalgam for the community, and of course a peaceful and serene place to soak and bathe. Post World War II, these soulful places fell into disrepair and faded into the past.

The Miyazaki Bath House has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to its historic usage and we are now open to the public.

We also have a fine arts gallery in the front of the building where we feature a new artist every month.

The first Friday evening of each month we participate in the Art Open House of Walnut Grove. All galleries are open for visitors.

The Miyazaki opens onto the charming community park where in the spring and summer we host concerts where you can sit and sip iced tea in the shade of the trees.

Upstairs, which used to be an old boarding house, is now a lovely restful environment where the old American West meets old world Japan. The entire venue can be reserved for 24 hr. usage.

You won’t find anything else like it!