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December 29, 2005
I believe one would either love or hate Yunessun spa resort with intensity. Some may admire the ingenuity of the Japanese in developing such charismatic, uniquely themed spas in the arms of magnificent Hakone scenery. Others might find these creations tacky and contrived and lament how the authorities engaged in deforestation, leading to the loss of precious biodiversity.
At the risk of sounding like a himbo, I didn't want to conclude how I felt about this admittedly commericalised tourist attraction. I was just there to soak in the hot water and soak up the atmosphere.
I had the most fun with the outdoor spas. It was winter, and it was hilarious watching people hop from spa to spa in an attempt to escape the cold. It was also remarkably easy to succumb to inertia and just chill in one spa. Initially, I had difficulty steeling my courage in search of other pastures (spas in this instance). But eventually, I covered all that was to offer in the outdoor spa area and was reasonably proud of myself.
I also dig the intricately designed Turkey and Hungarian baths. It makes Yunnessun have so many dimensions to offer to the visitor!
Mori No Yu is a conventional spa resort, with both indoor and outdoor baths. As one goes in her/his birthday suit here, there are separate baths for men and women.
The best thing I loved about Mori No Yu was securing a wooden bathtub and just admiring the scenery before me. I couldn't help wondering how glorious this place would look in autumn. I think it's amazing that Japan is a seasonal country, which suggests that one can visit Hakone (and Yunnessun resort) four times to get an intimate feel of all four seasons! Man, this is not good for my wallet.
Check out its official website: http://www.yunessun.com/english/yunessun.html.
From journal An Idyllic Getaway in Hakone
July 27, 2004
The high mountain climate, the fogs and rain, the crater of the volcano all act to give this garden incredible depth of color and quality. I have seldom seen a better one. A bit on the slippery and difficult to walk side with all the rain, I did manage to descend nearly all the way to the bottom of the garden. All of the lovely seating areas were too wet to enjoy; so I just kept walking and dripping. All the garden markers and maps are in Japanese. You just have to enjoy and let the details go. The most intense shades of green I've ever experienced. The most beautiful arrangements of trees, shrubs and rocks.
No charge for admission although I wonder if it is open only to hotel guests.
From journal Hakone -- Seeking Mt. Fuji And A Bath