Enoshima Island Spa has a rare onsen (hot spring) where visitors can bathe in their bathing suits. When I first came to Japan way back when, I dreaded entering a hot spring area where naked bodies eased in and out of steaming mineral scented water. As I grew accustomed to the custom…I learned to practice the same natural obliviousness of my Japanese co-bathers and ever since I am a fixture at any onsen I happen upon as I travel around this amazing country.
But….it is a difficult bridge to cross and I would think someone here for the first time might want to try a mineral-filled skin soothing onsen bath without the pressure or worry of baring yourself in front of strangers. So, Enoshima Island Spa solves this conundrum by placing their pure, mineral filled onsen bath right in the middle of the luxurious heated pool area.
Enough for five or six people to enjoy at once, the pool is right next to the window for great natural light and bathing suits are actually required. There is a large main pool, three outdoor deck pools that overlook the ocean and have a pristine view of Mt. Fuji on a clear day and then amazing cave pools on the lower floor. Children six and over can come to the Spa every day except Sunday and the entire building is device free for utmost privacy and peace of mind. The Cave pool area features a huge sauna where staff conduct Aufguss Herbal misting at regular intervals through the day. Shiatsu Massage, special seasonal events, Aromatherapy, traditional Onsen floor (carbonated bath, showers with shampoo/conditioner), excellent meals at the Island Grill or Kaiten Zushi at the Annex Restaurant and beautiful illumination to boot, Enoshima Island Spa and the Enoshima Island make a beautiful day of history, healing and bathing suit-friendly hot spring enjoyment. Dont forget to order the special Kawaiiccino Coffee from the Cafe on the first floor. Ms. Fukuda is truly a Cappuccino design pro and can do Kitty Chan too! Thus the name Kawaiiccino! About 1.5 hours from Tokyo/Shinjuku/Shinagawa/Shibuya station via the Odakyu Line Romance Car or Tokaido Line. Form more information check www.enoshimaislandspa.com
Evening events at the Enoshima Island Spa
Watch the sunset and enjoy some hot chocolate or coffee at Enoshima cafe. Make sure to arrive at the spa by 4 p.m., lounge around and get your tummy warm during sunset and then enjoy the Night Spa from 7 p.m. for a discounted entrance fee of 1,705 yen. (Regular entrance fee is 2,742 yen) Also, I highly recommend their body treatment as their professional massages are utterly wonderful. Take a look at here for more details.