Yunessun Hot Springs Resort and Spa
Kanagawa Prefecture, Ashigarashimo District
This hot springs or onsen is a bit different from others. You can say it is unique in its own ways.
Traditionally, the Japanese style of enjoying these onsen are through “裸の付き合い“ (hadaka no tsukiai) or loosely translated, “naked socializing.” This process is very strange to some foreigners who have never bathed naked publicly before; but to the Japanese, it’s not even questioned as out of the ordinary. Most onsen that you will find throughout Japan allow and even require this practice of enjoying same-sex hot springs without clothing.
However, there is one onsen in particular that gives everyone the opportunity to join in together, without having to take part in hadaka no tsukiai.
Yunessun Resort has a wide variety of incredible hot springs to choose from such as Sake, Wine Ocha(Japanese green tea) and so on.
Netizens enjoying a bath in the Ocha hot spring
You may relax and enjoy taking your time look at the nature around while bathing in Ocha. This bath is purely Japanese and green tea has positive effects on your skin and improves your blood circulation.
Another hot spring that is interesting is called Red Wine Onsen. There will be a time where a spa worker comes out to present their prized “Hakone wine;” and after much ado proceeds to spray it on all who are in the onsen! You can drink some from your hands as well, if they’re generous enough not to pour it on your head. It’s a great time for all, then it’s back to the relaxing when the shows over.
Red Wine Onsen
A spa worker presenting the wine
Still not satisfied? Yunessun even has a coffee bath! And it was the first place in Japan to install it. The coffee bath is said to have relaxation effects, as well as having positive effects on your skin and recovering tiredness.
Each of these have their unique feel and environment, with some hotter than others and some under cover while most are only under the trees. In addition, one onsen is known as the “all natural,” with no treatment whatsoever; it only contains free-flowing water directly from the rocks around it. Most are treated to maintain cleanliness standards, but it’s hard to imagine you are anywhere but a natural paradise when visiting Yunessun.
If you are planning to go to Hakone, I highly recommend spending a day or the night at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. You can experience both traditional Japanese hot springs and some unique baths.