Dec 8, 2016
Worried that a visit to Mt. Takao might get you too exahusted? Fret not!
I know of a nice onsen (hot spring) just adjacent to Takao Yamaguchi Station where you can relax, refresh and re-energize.
The onsen was opened in 2015 and has a variety of baths, like an open-air natural hot spring and a carbonated hot spring (synthetically produced as it is quite rare in Japan).
When I visited, I tried the Japanese cypress bath. Because the room was connected to an outdoor area, it felt very spacious! The sauna was also quite special. It had windows that let rays of light in, really beautifying the place. In total, I paid about 1,000 yen.
Do expect a crowd when you visit as the onsen is very popular.
After your bath, you can go for a massage, take a nap on the tatami floor of the resting area (only in Japan!), or visit the onsen’s restaurant for a delicious meal.
By the end of my session, I felt as if all my tiredness went away! The onsen truly is the perfect place for climbers to relax and recuperate after their climb up Mt. Takao.
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