About two hours by express train from Tokyo, Hakone is a famous hot spring town. Apart from various hot springs, Hakone is also well known for it’s views of Mt Fuji from Mt Hakone, and the large Tori Gate that rises from Lake Ashi.
However, I want to introduce you to my bathing experiment at Yunessan.
Yunessan is a rather special hot spring, somewhat famous in Hakone. The Internet has shown us that Japan has some crazy things. This is one of them. I got to bath in wine, sake, green tea, coffee, champagne, and dip my toes in a pool full of cleaner fish that nibble at your toes.
The hot spring is forever changing, so sometimes they have different themed pools. I heard a rumour of an orange peel pool. Not orange. Orange PEEL. I honestly have no idea, but am in dismay at not being able to experience it.
At certain times, a member of the staff will come around to a certain pool and perform a show. Whether it be being squirted with wine, having coffee beans tossed at you, or being showered in champagne bubbles, it’s worth being around for at least one of these performances. But mind you, people flock to the pools when this happens, so get a spot ahead of time! Be reminded though, that unlike normal hot springs in Japan, this one REQUIRES you to wear your bathing suit.
If this isn’t your cup of tea, or pool of tea (sorry for the pun), then there are ordinary pools as well as outside water slides. Make sure you do check out the rooftop area though, as it holds stunning views.
Overall, Yunessan is a unique hot spring experience that stands out among the normal hot springs you can find anywhere else in Japan. It has cheap entry of 2,900 yen ($US29) and you can even hire a bathing suit and towel if need be!