October 7, 2016
What’s the most common relaxation preference amongst Japanese locals? Onsen. Japan has more than 25,000 mineral hot springs spread across the country, ranging from natural to man-made and as you’d expect, they come in all shapes and sizes. You can expect to see a lot of shallow pools, but there are also a variety of baths with waterfalls, jets, and benign, weak currents of electricity running through their revitalising waters. But did you know that there are also flavoured hot springs in Hakone you can immerse yourselves into?
Hakone is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture that’s most famous for their onsen resorts for obvious reasons. Have a look at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, a family-friendly resort located on the southwest of Tokyo. It’s a wonderfully bizarre concept that uses its famous hot spring culture, turning it to an amusement park-like experience for all. After all, it is Japan. There, you’ll be able to wade and bathe in pools infused with wine, green tea, rosewater, coffee, and even curry and ramen.
Aptly named “Yutopia”, these baths are filled with all sorts of flavours, with the wine onsen being the most popular choice amongst locals and tourists alike. A giant bottle of merlot looms over a purple-tinged pool of water, conveniently pouring out diluted wine into the basin below. Even better, there are waterpark features such as slides and water playground for the young and the young at heart.