Spas – You either love them or hate them. Which is perfectly understandable as not everyone is comfortable in small rooms filled with wet, near naked individuals they don’t know. But what if the spa had a little extra to keep you happy – say some sake, coffee, green tea, or even a nice glass of wine? If that is enough to sway things for you then don’t miss out on the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun spa in Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan.

Lake Ashi
Lake Ashinoko was created in the crater of the Hakone Volcano (©Odakyu Electric Railway/©JNTO).

The town of Hakone is situated in the south-western part of Kanagawa, and is part of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. While renowned hot springs and a view of Mt. Fuji are two of the highlights of the area, there are plenty more to keep you busy. And after a long day exploring, relaxing at the spa might just be the perfect remedy to tired feet and aching muscles.

Spa Facilities at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The facilities list at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is enough to make anyone thirsty!

The spa facilities at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, however, are a little different. More pleasure than pain, the list of individual spas that you can sit back and relax in at the complex almost resemble the menu at a Michelin star restaurant. Don’t believe us? Here is a small excerpt:

Japanese Sake Spa

There is a constant dripping from a huge cask filled with real Japanese Sake! It is said that Sake is very good for the beauty of your skin. It is an enjoyable experience taking this type of bath. A unique Japanese experience.

Green Tea Spa

A unique spa containing real green. The huge tea pot is 2 metres tall and is very remarkable. The tea is from the foot of the Tanzawa and Hakone mountains, known for a suitable climate for growing tea plants. The green tea grown in this area is rich in aroma and contains Catechin, a powerful anti-oxidant fighting tumours as well as enhancing the immune system. Also, good for the skin.

Coffee Spa

A very unique spa where you can only experience at Yunessun! The spa contains real coffee made with hot spring water. It has been said that coffee is an effective treatment from the recovery of fatigue, and also adds beauty to the skin. The aroma of the coffee will also perk up your senses.
There are regular performances of pouring real coffee into the spa a few times a day.

Wine Spa

A unique spa containing real red wine. The huge wine bottle is 3.6 meters tall and is very remarkable. Bathing in wine is a rejuvenation treatment for the body, and it has been said that the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra loved to bath in wine. There are regular performances of pouring real wine into the spa a few times a day.

Anyone up for a trip to Japan?

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About Heather Tucker

Heather is a writer, photographer and explorer of the world with bylines in Archaeology Magazine, Porthole Cruise Magazine, Taste & Travel, amongst others. She is addicted to pen, paper, hotels, organisation and hippos. In addition to Travel Gluttons, you can find her over at Cloggie Central.


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