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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Relaxation

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun 箱根小涌園ユネッサン

A world-famous hot spring theme park where you can bathe in coffee or wine

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is a hot spring leisure facility located in the center of Hakone. Known as the hot spring theme park, Yunessun offers you a number of unique baths made for friends and families to enjoy together. With both clothed and non-clothed areas, Yunessun is the perfect place for those who are not quite ready to bare it all in front of strangers.

Tips

  • The coffee hot spring, a real java bath where you can get your caffeine fix while soaking
  • The red wine hot spring, which feels like being steeped in mulled wine

How to Get There

Yunessun is accessible by train and then bus from Tokyo.

Take the JR Tokaido Line from Tokyo Station to Odawara Station (35 minutes by Shinkansen, an hour and a half by train). From there, take the Hakone Tozan Bus or Izu-Hakone Bus to Kowaki-en bus stop (40 minutes). Yunessun is just a short walk from the bus stop.

Take a bath in fun and exciting hot springs

Yunessun is most famous for hot springs that combine some of your favorite beverages with natural spring waters. One is the coffee hot spring. Several times a day, staff pour home-brewed coffee into this bath, which also features a small jacuzzi for a caffeinated massage.

Another beverage-based bathing experience is the red wine hot spring, with its huge 3.6-meter-tall wine bottle. If you're lucky, you may even be present to witness the wine show in which staff members spray bathers with a bottle of Hakone wine. Whether you see the show or not, the red wine bath is perfect for every wine lover.

Other notable bath experiences include Rodeo Mountain, a rotenburo outdoor bath with a big water slide, and God's Aegean Sea, a large indoor hot spring.

Wind down in traditional-style hot springs

If you're looking for a more conventional Japanese hot spring experience, consider a trip to the Mori no Yu area. This non-clothed area is filled with the high-quality hot water Hakone is known for, and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The Mori no Yu area is the perfect spot to relax after a day of fun at Yunessun.

Private bathing

If you'd prefer the seclusion of a private bath, private rental baths are available for hourly use.

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