This is one of the must-do things in Hakone – dip yourselves into a hot spring.
Hakone is where one of Japan’s most popular hot spring resorts is located. There are many bath houses and ryokan in this area. Most ryokans here open their bath to walk-in visitors at a fee while some only cater for overnight guests. If you are too shy to have a dip in the public bath, don’t miss out! You can still wear your swim suit and enjoy the luxurious hot spring water.
Yunessun Hot Spring & Spa Resort is a hot spring theme park rather than a hot spring alone. It’s a leisure facility suitable for families and friends. It is divided into zones: Yunessun is the themed pool where you can have fun and enjoy the dips in your swimsuit; whereas Mori No Yu is an open-air hot spring filled with Japanese atmosphere but this is considered as a naked zone (men and women in a separate bath, of course).
To purchase the ticket to enter Yunessun, just go to the front desk. You will be given a wristband that works like your wallet. You can use it at the restaurants, vending machine inside this area without worrying about your valuables. They will total up and bill you before you leave the facility. All you need to do is go to the locker, change and then enjoy the splashing moment.
You can rent a swimsuit here if you need one.
The Swimsuit Zone in Yunessun is pretty huge. Once you enter, there are The Gods’ Aegean and Dr. Fish Foot Bath with Dr. Fish (¥ 100 each time) that nibbles the dead skin away. What makes this place interesting is the drink-themed spa such as Green Tea Spa (which is rich in catechins), Japanese Sake Spa (real sake continuously drips out from the wooden cask), Coffee Spa, Wine Spa and another spa which changes every month (according to the theme set by the resort). When I was here, it was the maple syrup theme. These pools are more than just coloured water. They are actually filled with the real drink but they are only “drinkable” to the skin. I could smell the aromatic scent of the coffee.
Don’t miss out the “pouring” performance that is scheduled three times a day at the Coffee Spa and Wine Spa. The coffee is brewed at low-temperature hot spring water with the coarsely grounded beans by using the flannel drip method and then poured into the pool barrel-by-barrel.