Also located in the resort is a very large shopping mall called the Mio Mall,
showcasing local products from Hakone. From spa facilities in European style, to
Onsen in the traditional Japanese style, to fun and wild water recreation amusements,
Yunessun has a unique blend of relaxation and water recreation for people of all ages.
The uniqueness of Yunessun is its hot springs resort spa and amusement park
which is divided into 2 major resort zones. One resort zone is called the Yunessun
Spa Resort, a more public and family oriented place where you are required to wear
swimsuits. The other major resort zone is called Mori No Yu, which is more private
and secluded and will allow you the freedom to enjoy a hot springs attraction without a
swimsuit and where you get to enjoy firsthand a sensual ritual dating back many years
in Japanese cultural history.
However, we only enjoyed the Yunessun Spa resort, not the Mori No Yu. I can’t
imagine myself taking a dip in the nude. Anyway, it was about lunchtime when we
finally reached the resort, so we decided to have lunch first so our spa experience will
After a yummy soba lunch in one of the resort’s array of restaurants, we then
proceeded to the spa complex to experience the much-awaited “spa dream” of a
The photos on this page would show how much we REALLY enjoyed our time there.
The God’s Aegean Sea: The biggest spa composed of three islands with relaxing spa
waters. It also includes a variety of water massaging devices. You will also
experience the wonder and drama of dynamic special effects by a fully illuminated
water screen high above on the ceiling. Really cool!
Ancient Romans Bath: A fantastic spa styled in the ancient Roman period. You can
experience an ancient Roman bathing experience that is a combination of mixing a hot
water spa, a cold water spa and a mist sauna. Taking two spas at different
temperatures is apparently good for your health.
The Chocolate Spa: Chocolate is a great source of antioxidants that mop up harmful
free radicals which, in turn, end up breaking down the elastin fibres in your skin. That
means wrinkles, bags and sags. So I stayed a little bit longer here to smooth out my
wrinkles away. Besides, it was so aromatic!
The Coffee Spa: A very unique spa which contains real coffee made with hot spring
water. It has been said that coffee is an effective treatment from the recovery of
fatigue, and also adds beauty to the skin. The aroma of the coffee will also perk up your
The Green Tea Spa: A unique spa containing real green tea. The huge tea pot is 2m tall
and is very remarkable. The tea is from the foot of the Tanzawa and Hakone mountains,
known for a suitable climate for growing tea plants. The green tea grown in this area is
rich in aroma and contains Catechin, a powerful antioxidant fighting tumors as well as
enhancing the immune system. Also good for the skin.
The Japanese Sake Spa: There is a constant dripping from a huge cask filled with real
Japanese Sake! It is said that Sake is very good for the beauty of your skin. It is an
enjoyable experience taking this type of bath. A unique Japanese experience, indeed.
The Charcoal Spa: Charcoal has been proven for its detoxifying power. It is known for
cleansing your skin, unclogging pores, and removing impurities from your skin. This
was one of my faves.
The Wine Spa: A unique spa containing real red wine. The huge wine bottle is 3.6m tall
and is very remarkable. Bathing in wine is a rejuvenation treatment for the body, and it
has been said that the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, loved to bathe in wine. There are
regular performances of pouring real wine into the spa a few times a day. This was
one of Ricky’s faves.
Waterfall Spa: We both enjoyed this spa very much as we spent most of our time here.
The water was warm and invigorating that we didn’t want to leave.
As you can see, we really enjoyed our time at Yunessun to the fullest! In fact, we
were enjoying it so much that we didn’t want to leave. However, it was getting late in
the afternoon and we still had a long way to go, so we decided to call it a day.
My Japan impressions
By Susie “Chie” R. Cuňada
As a backgrounder, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is
a hot springs spa resort and water amusement park
located in the spectacular scenic surroundings of
Hakone. It has a unique blend of traditional Japanese
onsen (hot springs) and water recreation services and
activities. Hakone is considered one of the most
popular Onsen resort areas in Japan, and Yunessun
takes full advantage of the abundance of high quality
|(L-R,) Author with husband Ricky; posing with
various Buddha; (below) spas