Hakone Kowakien Yunessun in Hakone is a great way to escape the cold of winter and equally the heat of summer.
Combining a family-style water amusement park, Yunessun Spa Resort, with a more traditional onsen, Mori No Yu, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is very popular with visitors from nearby Tokyo. Swimsuits are a must at Yunessun Spa Resort to enjoy its water slides and novelty baths such as a green tea bath, a sake bath, a wine bath and the The God's Aegean Sea spa (pictured below).
Mori no Yu is described as "a relaxing naked space" and is a traditional Japanese hot spring bath divided into men's and women's sections with a rotemburo outdoor bath, cypress wood baths and a sauna.
Rounding out the complex is Mio Mall with a variety of shops, restaurants and a massage parlor. You can hire a swimsuit here if you arrive without one. To visit both bathing areas costs 4,000 yen.
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
1297 Ninotaira Hakone-mach
Tel: 0460 82 4126
The main access station is Hakoneyumoto Station on the Hakone Tozan Line from Odawara and the Odakyu Line from Shinjuku Station, from where there is a bus to Yunessun (30 minutes). There are also buses from Hakone Yumoto Station.
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