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“Artificial scented onsen, but interesting experience!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
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Owner description: A hot springs spa resort and water amusement park.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Cyberjaya, Malaysia
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Artificial scented onsen, but interesting experience!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Went to Yunessun (spelled Yoo-ness-sang) last Thursday and luckily on this day, its not packed with people, so we were on our relaxing pace. Its not a super-modern state of the art onsen, but where else can you have such quaint onsen?

Transportation
From Shinjuku station to Hakone-Yumoto station, you can either take Limited express aka Romancecar (2020 yen for 1 hr 25 mins) or if you're a cheapo like me, you can take the local route via Odakyu line for 850 yen) for 2 hours ride. Once you've arrived the station, just head to bus station that goes to Yunessun or Kowaien. Oh yes, you can pay both trains and busses using your PASMO card.

Admission & Tickets
The actual admission is 2,800 per adult, but if you get your hands on the online coupon (just print it) via their site http://www.yunessun.com/ticket/, you can choose some package with or without meals. Its in Japanese, but you can just paste the link on Google and have it translated to English. I've got mine on 'couple discount' which is 5,000 yen for two, which allows me to go to both Yunessun (swimsuit zone) and Mori No Yu (naked zone). I've passed on the naked zone since I've only arrived there at 2pm.

Once tickets are purchased at front desk, you'll be given a RFID watch that allows you to perform multiple transaction from renting towels, buying drinks from vending machine, pay for photo op at Dr Fish Spa, lockers access to purchasing meal. At the end of your trip, just slot your watch in the vending machine and it will tally up your purchase.

After you've located the locker and have everything changed, this is where it gets interesting. The entrance of Yunessun is at the exit/end of the washroom/changing room. Took us awhile to figure that out.

There are two parts of Yunessun - the indoor and the outdoor area. The outdoor area has all the beverage-related onsen from Coffee, Sake, Green Tea, Wine and even charcoal flavor (blue colored onsen..?). If the crowd is just right, you can appreciate the forest trees at this area. Love it. Unfortunately, despite the nature surrounding the onsen, the only genuine flavor I can feel is the coffee onsen. Seems like the onsens that are 'sponsored' here are mostly derived from genuine flavor. The wine, sakes and green tea smells very perfumey and artificial. But what the heck...

The indoor area has something interesting as well. The dead sea onsen is quite amusing. But ladies...erm, just heads up...a bit prickly down there. The Dr Fish spa is not something new to me, but for those who haven't experienced Garra Ruffa fish nibbling off your dead skin, its worth a try. Its a ticklish experience ;)

Every few months or so, Yunessun will feature a new-themed onsen. For my visit, they have corn-chowder jacuzzis from the food brand called Gari Gari Kun. Every few hours (timetable visibly shown at some featured location), there will be a 'chef' coming and with actual (or simulated) food ingredients and he/she will pour them to visitors. I've got 'caramelized' by the chef. Yummy!

Would I recommend this attraction? Its up to you...if you have more time in Tokyo, do take advantage of the Free Hokane Pass that allows you to do hop-in and off to location around Hokane. Its a cosy trip on the other side...why not...

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fun for kids”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

Water spa, indoor & out, not for relaxing, but fun for kids. Depends on season and timing, but it was very clouded and some of the bath was really awful- especially "Caramel Bath". You can have massage or experience of lying down on the hot stone with extra expense. All the expense is added on to your lust band and very efficient. Food was awful though.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Onsen for all! (And with swimsuits too)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

Love love love it. It was our first visit to Japan and we didn't want to go nude, so we decided to try Yunessun mixed bath - well, it's more like a theme park really!

There are so many diff types of baths, indoor and outdoor. From wine to coffee to green tea to honey. And then there's Dr Fish (I didn't try, you need to pay extra I think, and I don't want fish to nibble my feet), also collagen water that's supposedly really good for you... And then there's one with high salt content and you can actually float (trippy!) Outdoor there is a slide thing that you can go on - there's also a sauna area.

Food wise, nothing too fancy or great. But hey, after all the fun you had, any food is great. There are some food stalls in the swimming pool area - and a shop / food corner outside of the onsen area.

It was one of our highlights of our Japan trip!!!

Visited June 2012
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Hot spring water spa, with various aroma”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

The Spa at Yunessun is different to others, because there are many pools with hot spring water, and various aroma as coffee, sake, wine,ocha, marine rose, charcoal,sakura,etc.
It's very interesting. Try the ' Morinoyu one, which is more interesting.
I have been here, 7 years ago, but now, the facilities look old, even still clean.

Visited April 2013
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Bremerton, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Unique hot springs experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

We lived in Yokosuka Japan for 3 years and Yunnesun was fairly close to us so we went there several times. The first couple of times, we just visited the "swim suit side" which is fun but pretty crowded. As other reviewers have commented, there is the indoor section which has the Roman Baths, the Dead Sea bath (which is fun because the salt content keeps you afloat) and other hot springs with themes. There is also the outdoor section with the red wine hot spring, the coffee hot spring, the charcoal hot spring, the green tea hot spring and some others. There are different places to eat inside around the hot springs and also some restaurants, one of which is a buffet. There wasn't a time when we went there that it wasn't crowded but everyone is very well mannered. After a few times there, we got brave enough to visit the Mori No Yu Zone, which is the no swim suit side. It is divided into the men's section and the women's section. You go into your respective section and put your clothes into a locker. They have towels there if you want to use them for privacy as you walk through the onsen; however you will probably be the only one doing so. There are bathing booths that you go to first which have a little stool to sit on, a hand-held shower, shower gels, shampoo, conditioner, etc. The idea is to clean yourself first before you go into the onsen (hot spring). There are hot springs indoors and some outdoors. It is very uncrowded and tranquil, especially when you go outdoors and sit in the very privately enclosed area there. We decided, after getting used to the "naked" side that we really preferred it because it is so relaxing. Yunnesun is a fun place to bring new visitors to Japan but after a few times of going and the novelty wears off, it is nice to go to other onsens as well.

Visited May 2012
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