Wine & Coffee Spa in Hakone, Japan
Yunessun Water Park in Hakone is one of the most bizarre water parks I've ever visited with special spa experiences ranging from wine, coffee to green tea and Japanese sake alcohol. Apparently, it contains antioxidants to help with skin problems.
- What: Yunessun Water Park
- Why: Experience wine, coffee, sake & green tea spas
- Where: 1297 Ninotaira, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Japan [Map]
- Price: ¥2,800 ($20 USD)
- Tickets: Get tickets to the Wine & Coffee spa here!
- When: Daily 9:00am until 8:00pm
- Tips: Go later in the evening to avoid crowds.
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I arrived around 5pm and noticed that most people already went home so I had the entire water park to myself. Starting at the famous wine spa, after seeing so many photos on the internet I had to try it for myself. It is basically a regular pool with diluted wine, special wine events do take place 3x times per day during which they hand out wine tasting samples and throw a bucket of red wine over you.
Besides wine you can also enjoy the coffee spa, sake (Japanese rice wine) spa and green tea spa. The jacuzzi area often has special themes ranging from ramen broth to a local green tea this time around. My favorite was the coffee spa but sadly I did not find any coffee cream nor milk.
The Yunessun water park is quite popular with people from the Tokyo and Kanagawa prefectures. The Japanese girls I ran into at the wine spa were from Yokohama and very kind. I also noticed that everyone was on their cell phones taking photos and selfies. It's a true tourist attraction. They even have a gigantic outdoor water park with slides, waterfalls and indoor caves. The slides are really soft, making for a smooth slide down since they curve quite a lot in all directions. The last area worth mentioning is Dr. Fish, which are tiny fish cleaning the dead skin of your feet.
In conclusion, Yunessun Water Park is a bucket list item NOT to be missed in the Hakone region. I would definitely combine it with staying at a Ryokan, the Pirate Boat and Owakudani Black Eggs at minimum. Hakone should be a 2-day visit for any tourist new to Japan. Make sure to get your tickets for the Yunessun Waterpark, Wine & Coffee spa here!