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Are you looking for a fun day trip from Tokyo?
Relax and have fun at Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun!
This fun destination is part hot spring and part amusement park. You can get a feel for it in this video:
There are lots of things to do, both indoors and outdoors. You can also get a pass that includes the Mori no Yu section (the no clothes area), which allows you to experience the open-air hot spring area.
Yunessun – Outdoors
In this section, you can take in the area’s natural beauty, while enjoying some fun activities.
Outdoor Hot Spring with Scenic View
When the weather is clear, the 40-meter hot spring bath offers stunning views of Hakone’s mountains and Sagami Bay.
Rodeo Mountain Water Slides
These three warm water slides are great year-round! You may have seen these slides featured on Japanese television shows or magazines. Please note that you must be 110 cm (about 43 inches) to ride.
In these hot spring caves beneath Rodeo Mountain, you can enjoy aquariums of jellyfish.
BOXAPPY’s Jungle Gym
This outdoor water playground is a great way for kids to burn off excess energy.
You can play in this impressive waterfall’s warm pool, or stand right beneath it.
Yunessun – Indoors
No matter the weather outdoors, you can always have fun with these indoor attractions! And some of them are so unique that they are definitely not to be missed.
Aegean Sea of Gods
This beautiful, Mediterranean Sea themed pool is large enough for lots of swimming – and playing! And every 30 minutes, there’s an illuminated fountain show with music and bubbles.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a bath in wine? Then this hot spring is for you! This brightly colored hot spring contains wine. And if you doubt that, see for yourself every day at 10:00 am, 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm as more wine is added. Mary, Queen of Scots is said to have bathed in wine to help maintain her complexion (though in her case, it was white wine).
Are you more of a coffee person? Then make sure to visit this hot spring bath that’s the first of its kind in Japan. It contains nel dripped coarse coffee that is brewed at low temperatures from hot spring water. Some say the healing aroma can not only improve your skin, it can also reduce fatigue. As with the wine bath, you can see more coffee being added a few times daily, at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
Green Tea Bath
In this vivid green hot spring bath, you can enjoy a soothing tea fragrance that improves both blood circulation and skin.
Japanese Sake Bath
You can enjoy the comforting aroma that comes from the big barrel that drips genuine Japanese sake.
Warmed Stone Room
Allow the comfortably warm stones to heat you through and through as you lie down on your stomach.
After sweating in this dry wooden sauna (while enjoying the beautiful views from the window!), you’ll find the hot springs even more refreshing.
Dr. Fish Foot Bath
For a small additional fee (¥100 per person), you can enjoy this foot bath, where tropical fish nibble away rough skin from your feet. This experience lasts a few minutes and can be enjoyed one time per person. You may encounter wait times on the more crowded days. Also, hours may vary, so make sure you check on the day of your visit if you are interested in the foot bath. Note that the minimum age is 3 years old.
BOXAPPY’s Splish-Splash Pool
Looking for something fun for younger kids? This shallow pool (with a depth of 30 cm) has squirt fountains and is themed to one of the mascots of Yunessun, BOXAPPY. (In case you’re wondering, BOXAPPY’s name comes from the sentence “BOX cat is hAPPY.”)
Mori no Yu Area
This is the area where you enter the water naked. Some of the things you can enjoy include a shallow bath where you can lie down (in both the male & female areas), Jacuzzi (male & female areas), a cypress bath (female area only) and a waterfall shoulder massage (male area only).
For an additional fee (starting at 3,000 yen/hour per room), you and your friends or family can enjoy a private hot spring bath. Choose a private room that is fully indoors or partly outdoors. This is a good option if you would like the more traditional onsen experience but are hesitant to enter the springs without a swimsuit in front of strangers. Reservations can be made beforehand, though sometimes private rooms are available without a reservation.
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Price Discount
Want to save money on your visit? Click here and you can get 20% off a one-day ticket to Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun.
And if you’ll be staying in Hakone for more than one day, consider getting the Hakone Freepass for two or three days. This will give you unlimited rides on 8 different transportation systems including the Hakone Tozan Train, Hakone Tozan Cable Car, Hakone Tozan Bus, Hakone Ropeway, and the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise.
Please note that tattoos are allowed in the Yunessun area but must be covered. Tattoos are not allowed in the Mori no Yu area – the exception being the private rooms, which require an additional fee. (Many hot springs in Japan do not allow visitors with tattoos, due to the association in Japan between tattoos and organized crime.)