Japanese Theme Park Opens Ramen Bath

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    Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, a spa theme park located in Hakone, has just unveiled a new themed bath:

    The bath, shaped like a ramen bowl, contains pepper-flavored water colored a light, milky brown, to like tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen soup. The special bath was created jointly by the theme park and a famous ramen shop, Nantsuttei in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture.

    The bath was completed at the unveiling event, with the owner of Nantsuttei adding “noodles” made of bathwater additives into the tub.

    The water contains collagen and garlic extracts, and theme park officials claim it can help produce beautiful skin and aid moisture retention.

    More from AFP:

    “The aroma of pepper is said to have the effects of refreshing your mind, warming your burned-out heart and inflaming your passion,” explained a statement by spa complex Hakone Kowakien Yunessun in Hakone, one of Japan’s most popular hot spring resorts.

    Ramen lovers in bathing suits turned into ingredients in the broth, jumping into the three tubs shaped like ramen bowls underneath noodle decorations hanging over their heads.

    “Customers may have been puzzled first, but I think they enjoyed it … because the hot water smells good, like pepper,” said Yusuke Sato, a spa employee who poured in the noodle-looking salt.

    I spent a day at Yunnesun in January, and I recommend that anyone traveling to Hakone check it out. There wasn’t a ramen bath when I visited, but their other themed baths were available. Here are some pictures of their green tea bath, their coffee bath, and their red wine bath:

    According to their official site, the ramen bath will be only be available until September 26th, so head on over to Yunessun’s homepage and plan your trip now!

    UPDATE: Video of the ramen bath is now available in this post!

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