Monday, November 27, 2006


We visited yet another onsen, this time the lovely Tenzan in Hakone. I'd been there once before, about a year ago, and so when C. expressed interest in going to hot springs in Hakone, I suggested Tenzan.

Tenzan is a posh rotemburo, or outdoor spa, sex segregated and with half a dozen baths each set in natural rock pools and surrounded by trees. The really appealing thing about this onsen is the natural feel of everything - the materials are all wood and stone and bamboo, and doesn't feel at all manufactured like some places. The indoor common area is really chill too, with a beautiful low-key tea bar and tatami resting rooms. Best of all, the establishment is tattoo-friendly, imperative since I. was accompanying us on this visit.

Beautiful, and definitely recommended.

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