A short bus ride from ShiPai station. Ask the station control for which bus stop where you can board 508, 535, 536. Alight at XinYi 3 and look for XinYi Street 303 and you will be at the top of the hotsprings street.
My 72 mother and I went to 汤濑 upon the recommendation of my Taiwanese friend who goes there for the Japanese food.
For a minimal spending of NT450 at the Japanese restaurant, guests get to soak at the hotsprings for only NT50 and without a time limit.
If you are there for hot springs only, charges are NT250 for a 40min soak.
Needless to say, we opted for the meal and a soak after.
Guests have the option of a private room or a public onsen. Public onsen is strictly in the nude.
Mum and I picked the public onsen.
We both had the 8course set lunch at NT690. Value for money. But the food really was nothing to shut about. The beef was over cooked.
I suppose if we were to order ala carte items it might be a little different.
The onsen was a choice of a hot pool (45degree Celsius), a cold pool, a spa area where piped water rains on you back to create massage like effect and a steam room. Shower facilities are also open concept. Locker facilities are provided. Small and big towels can be purchased.
The hot pool was a little to hot to be enjoyable.
Facilities were very run down and not very well maintained.
But hey, for NT50, my expectations are pretty low.
Highly recommended for aching muscles and back from too much walking. Do be careful if you have existing high blood pressure issue.
In all this is a better choice then beitou because the charges include food and beverages plus the onsen soak. At beitou we paid NT800 per pax for just the hotsprings alone.
Will definitely come back to XinYi street to explore the other onsens.