Thursday, July 7, 2016

# Travel ♪ Your Travel Story in Hakone! Make A Wonderful and Memorable Hot Springs Story in YUNESSUN!!

One of the best and hottest travel spots near Tokyo -

Make you own travel story in Hakone!

Maybe you have already known that Hakone is one of the most popular hot spring (onsen) area in Japan, but do you know that it is also a famous spot for other natural attractions too?

Have you also heard about Lake Ashinoko where you can see the reflection of Mt. Fuji? How about the galleries and the curry dish in the famous hot spring area Yumoto?

Today, of course we will take you to our favorite hot spring, Kowakien YUNESSUN, where you can relax yourself and enjoy the special themed bath. Before that, how about we take you to other sightseeing spots and try some local dish in Hakone first? Com'on, let'go!

Your travel story begins in Shinjuku, Tokyo

The easiest way to get to Hakone is taking the Odakyu's limited express train "Romancecar". In about 1 hour and 30 minutes, you will arrive in Hakone Yumoto station. On the way, you can see the beautiful views of Hakone and other nearby areas too. For those who want to get a better view during the journey, you can make a reservation of your seats on the observation deck in the front or back of train Type 50,000 or Type 7,000 Romancecar. In the picture above, you can see how amazing series VSE Type 50,000 is! Besides series VSE, you can also find series MSE which is connected with Tokyo Metro System, series EXE and series LXE.

For more information about the Romancecar, please go to

Get your Hakone Freepass at the Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center

Inside the Odakyu Shinjuku station, you can find the Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center where you can get the Romancecar tickets and the Haknoe Freepass! Before we get on the Romancecar, how about we buy some nice Japanese lunchbox (bento) to eat on the train!

More information about Hakone Freepass, please refer to:

Hakone Yumoto Station

When you step out from the train, the sulfur smell from the hot spring welcomes you and tells you that you arrive in Hakone! If you visit Hakone in late June and July, you can get a chance to see the hydrangea flowers blossom in Hakone area too! 

The Shopping Street in front of Hakone Yumoto Station

If you want to buy some local souvenirs for your friends and family, this is a good place for you to go. You can find many shops selling local products here.

Recommended Shops

Among all the shops, there are two shops that we highly recommend you to go. At "Hakone No Otsuki Sama" (left), you can buy the steamed bun made with water from hot springs. At "Himono"(right), you can find the freshly made fishcakes!

Check Point! First curry shop in Hakone - Hakone Curry Cocoro

It is said that you can add a few years to your life once you eat the curry at Cocoro! Probably the curry is made from the water in Hakone, so people believe that it is healthier and more special :P

Hakone Curry Cocoro
Address: 1F HOT Ogawa Building, 206 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Tel.: 0460-85-8556
Hours: 11:30 - 14:00 (Lunch), 17:30 - 21:30 (Dinner)
(Closed on every Monday)

Cocoro Special Curry - 1,600 yen + tax

Look at the size!

Cocoro Special Curry is highly recommended for you! You can find cauliflower, green pepper, potato, eggplant, pumpkin and other vegetables along with an half boiled egg and meat in this special curry.

Look at the menu! Besides curry, there are other side dishes and drinks for you to choose.

Popular Spot in Hakone

On top of the counter, you can find posters and figures of the famous Japanese animation, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Also, you can see lots of autographs of Japanese celebrities hanging on the wall too!

Check Point! A New Experience in Nature

At the Hakone Open-Air Museum, you can enjoy the nature and artwork at the same time! This is definitely a new experience for you! In the Sculpture Garden, outdoor artwork can be found.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Address: Ninotaira 1121, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
Tel: 0460-82-1161
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Admission Fees: 1,600 yen (Adults), 1,200 yen (High School and University Students), 800 yen (Middle and Elementary School Students)

Foot Bath

How about take a rest and relax your tired legs in the foot bath.

Check Point! Have you ever seen a BLACK EGG?!!

What is the secret behind the black eggs (Kuro Tamago)??
Raw eggs are boiled in hot spring water which contains sulfur and iron. The black color of iron sulfide is actually a result of the reaction with hydrogen sulfide which makes the shell black!!

Add a few more years to your life span??!!

People believe that you can add seven years to your life span if you just eat one black egg!! Really? Be careful with the cholesterol though.........

Due to the volcanic activity around Owakudani area, we highly suggest you to check out the homepage of the Hakone Ropeway before your travel.

Check Point! Sightseeing Spots in Hakone and Moto-Hakone

In our previous sharing about the HINOMARU LIMOTAXI service, we have introduced that you can get a nice view with Mt.Fuji, Lake Ashinoko, and Hakone Shrine in Hakone. Actually if you just walk a little bit toward the Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park, you can find a parking lot where you can take some nice pictures! Map

Check Point! Hakone Cedar Trees along Kyu-Kaido Street

It just take one minute from the parking lot that we just mentioned. How relaxing it is to walk in the woods! After getting through the woods, our next destination Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park is ahead! Map

Check Point! Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park

In this famous park, you can see the Lake Ashinoko, Mt. Fuji, and the mountains that surround the park. Map

Check Point! Hakone Shrine

The Hakone Shrine is a Japanese shrine on the shores of Lake Ashinoko. You can find Torii (traditional Japanese gate) and some big cedar trees in Hakone Shrine too. Make your wish to them, maybe it will come true!! Map

Check Point! Sengokuhara - Background for the Animation, Neon Genesis Evangelion

Sengokuhara is selected as one of the best 50 beautiful spots in Kanagawa prefecture. Look how beautiful it is!! Map

Sengokuhara Susuki Grassland

Actually you can see different views here if you come in different seasons. Try to see the difference between spring and autumn!

Check Point! Highly rated Hotel with Hot Spring - Kowakien Miyamafurin

Kowakien Miyamafurin was just opened on 19th March 2016. You can experience a fusion of the erotic Japanese style and the beauty of the modern architecture at the hotel. Different styles of hot springs can also be found in this new hotel. Simple breakfast with toast and drinks is included. A more decent breakfast can be provided with extra charges.

Kowakien Miyamafurin
Address: 493-48 Kowakudani, Hakone, Kanagawa
Tel.: 0460-82-1605 (09:00-20:00)

Check Point! Japanese Style Tatami Room

Relax yourself after a long day in this simple Japanese style tatami room.

Accommodation Fees
Mixed Style Room
1-2 persons room: From 11,000 to 22,000 yen per person
3-5 persons room: From 10,000 to 21,000 yen per person

Japanese Style Room
1-2 persons room: From 9,000 to 21,000 yen per person
3-5 persons room: From 8,000 to 20,000 yen per person

Check Point! Japanese Style Garden

Japanese style garden can be found inside the hotel. How about putting on the Yukata and enjoy the hot spring now!

Check Point! Luxurious Outdoor Hot Spring

With the warmness in the hot spring and the cool breeze from the woods, you will have a very special hot spring experience!

Hot spring operation time: 06:00 - 10:00 and 15:00 - 24:00

A Hot Spring Trip to the Kowakien YUNESSUN in Hakone

For those hot springs lovers, if you are looking for somewhere that you can try different types of hot springs at one stop, you cannot miss Kowakien YUNESSUN!

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Address: 1297 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Tel: 0460-82-4126
Hours: 09:00 - 18:00 (Swimming Wear Area)
11:00 - 20:00 (Hot Springs in Forest Area)

YUNESSUN (Swimming Wear Area): Adults 2,900 yen, Children 1,600 yen
Hot Springs in Forest Area: Adults 1,900 yen, Children 1,200 yen
For both areas: Adults 4,100 yen, Children 2,100 yen

Google Map

Check Point! Start The Water Fun in YUNESSUN from RODEO MOUNTAIN!

Are you dare to get on this water slide? It looks so cool!

Check Point! Other Interesting Spots

Next to the water slide, you can find this mysterious cave. The Rosetta stone is actually from Iwata prefecture, and it is said that it has been sleeping in nature for approximately 200 millions years!! People say that you can get good luck if you touch the stone!

Special Event For The Celebration Of The 15-year Anniversary Of Yunessun

Hot springs with fun themes can be found here! As a special event, honey themed hot spring is provided for a limited time only (30 June to 12 July 2016)! It is especially good for moisturizing your skin. What's next? It's the famous Japanese ice cream bar "Garigari Kun" theme!!

Homepage (Japanese):

Yakult and Chocolate Themed Hot Springs

Surprised by the fun themes they have at YUNESSUN?  You can find all kinds of special and fun hot springs in Green Terrace area!

15-year Anniversary Homepage:

GariGari Kun

Have you heard about him before? In Japan, almost nobody doesn't know about GariGari Kun. This ice cream bar is loved by kids and adults for all time. This summer, a GariGari Kun themed hot spring is coming to YUNESSUN!

Wanna bring him back home? Sure, you can find this bathing powder at the souvenir shop too!

Limited Time Only!!

The GariGari Kun themed hot spring will be provided for a limited time only.  Don't miss the chance to get into this soda flavor themed hot spring this summer!

GariGari Kun Themed Hot Spring
Period: 16 July to 25 September 2016
Location: Green Terrace@YUNESSUN
Showtime: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00

Mori no Yu - Hot Springs in the Forest

At YUNESSUN, you can find hot springs that change their themes according to the 4 seasons. In June, it is the season of Hydrangeas flowers! So you can enjoy your hot spring time surround by these lovely flowers.

Relax In The Japanese Plum Themed Hot Spring

At "Mori No Yu", there is a special hot spring that the theme is changed every month. The theme was Japanese plum in June! How nice it is taking a bath in hot spring with the aroma of plum!  In July, the theme is changed to Japanese Bamboo!! We suggest you to check with the staff first if you have allergies to specific things.

Check Point! Delicious Italian Cuisine

What can be better than having some nice food after getting in the hot spring. At Auntie Pasta, you can find delicious Italian food made with fresh vegetables. Also, they change the menu according to the special events they have at the hot spring!

Auntie Pasta
Location: 3F YUNESSUN <Opposite to Mio Mall>
Hours: 11:00 - 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)
Budget: 1,000 - 1,800 yen

Special Pizza for the Japanese Plum Themed Hot Spring Event

This special pizza is a fusion of Japanese style and Italian style, which is made with plum sauce, chicken, onion, and perilla.

Pizza: 1,540 yen + tax

They all look tasty and healthy, aren't they?

Left: Pizza with shrimp, salmon and avocado
Top right: Pasta with chicken and potato in garlic style
Bottom right: Risotto with scallops and asparagus

Your Travel Story In Japan

If you need to make a wonderful and memorable travel story in Japan. We highly recommend you to go to Hakone to make a special story about hot springs!

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Address: 1297 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Tel: 0460-82-4126
Hours: 09:00 - 18:00 (Swimming Wear Area)
11:00 - 20:00 (Hot Springs in Forest Area)

YUNESSUN (Swimming Wear Area): Adults 2,900 yen, Children 1,600 yen
Hot Springs in Forest Area: Adults 1,900 yen, Children 1,200 yen
For both areas: Adults 4,100 yen, Children 2,100 yen

Google Map

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