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Hakone-Yumoto Station, the main gateway to Hakone. Odakyu Line trains from Shinjuku and Odawara arrive here.
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Hakone-Yumoto Station used to be light blue, but now off-white.
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Hakone-Yumoto Station
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Romance Car (Limited Express train) at Hakone-Yumoto Station
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Hakone-Yumoto Station changed quite a bit since the last time I visited.
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Hakone-Yumoto Station now has an overpass for pedestrians.
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This is the old Hakone-Yumoto Station.
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Hakone Yumoto from the overpass
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Hakone Yumoto souvenir shops.
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Hakone manju is famous.
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At Hakone-Yumoto Station, I asked about a good place to dip into a hot spring before going back to Tokyo. A short walk across the river to Yumoto Fujiya Hotel and ¥1,800 put me in this nice outdoor bath.
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This large rock was perfectly slanted to sit back in the bath and gaze at the greenery and blue sky. After all that walking, I thought I got my money's worth.
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Bus terminal at Hakone Yumoto
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Took a bus to Yunessan.
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Interesting "ON-OFF" poster at a train station in Hakone. It basically reads "ONsen" (hot spring) and "OFFuro" (bath). It was for a hot spring facility called Yunessan
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessan, a hot spring facility famous for hot spring baths in different flavors. Yunessan admission is ¥2,900 for adults and ¥1,600 for kids. They also have a pure hot spring area where bathing suits are not allowed. That's ¥1,900 for adults. You can go to both areas for ¥4,100 if you don't mind your skin being deprived of too much natural skin oil and a prolonged increase in blood pressure. http://www.yunessun.com/enjoy/
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessan's main bath for bathing suits.
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This is the wine bath. It does smell like wine. I didn't dare taste it, and there's a sign saying not to drink the water. This bath used to be outdoors, but now totally indoors which was disappointing.These flavored baths are for both men and women in bathing suits.
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Tea bath
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Tea bath was nice.
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Coffee bath. Mild aroma of coffee.
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Sake bath was not really sake (I tasted the water). Only a tiny trickle of sake was dripping into the bath.
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Also popular was the "Doctor Fish" foot bath. These little fish come and eat away your feet's unwanted skin flakes.
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People (kids) who had healthy skin did not attract much fish. It's really ticklish.
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About Doctor Fish
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Outdoor cavern bath
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Outdoor slides at Yunessan.
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