When you travel, you’re bound to do at least one American thing out of habit. Maybe you’ll break down and eat at a McDonald’s on the Champs-Élysées (shame on you). Maybe you’ll skip a cultural tour to hunker down in a bar and watch the one TV tuned to U.S. sports.
Or maybe you’ll wear a baseball hat.
You’re allowed to enjoy the things that remind you of home once in a while as long you counter it by doing something completely bizarre that you would only find in the country you’re visiting. Go watch a cricket match, even if you have no idea what’s going on. Try to wash your laundry in a river like the locals do. Or spend a day laying in a tub full of fake ramen noodles.
At the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs Amusement Park & Spa Resort in Japan you can spend a day trying out 25 different pools, spas, and slides for just 4,000 yen (about US$37). The fake ramen noodle spa may be the most bizarre, but the other rooms are just as unusual. They don’t just put wine in the water, they have a giant wine bottle pouring it in. There’s also a humongous kettle by the green tea spa and an enourmous cask of sake next to that bath.
As theme parks go, this is one that adults can enjoy playing in even more than children. The website is available in English and has all the details of how to get there from Tokyo. Travel CUTS has some of their top Japanese tours on sale now, so get in touch with one of their agents if you’re ready to take a splash down Rodeo Mountain!