An onsen looking onto a special Japanese garden
The Japanese garden which boasts an area of almost 4000 sq. meters was designed by Kenzo Kosugi, one of Japan’s leading landscape architects. This serene garden takes on the image of a lush thicket of trees on a mountain where streams, koi-filled ponds, waterfalls and other natural features can be seen. Nearby this garden which changes expressions over the seasons, there is Niwa-no-Yu (The Garden Waters) where you can spend a healing time in the natural onsen and Bade Pool. The 1st floor consists of the Onyoku (Hot Bath) Zone looking onto the beautiful garden. This zone where you can enjoy features such as the open-air bath in the middle of the garden, an indoor onsen from where you can view the garden through large glass windows, and a relaxing one-person bath inside a Shigaraki ceramic ware tub is an all-natural onsen. Also, the Bade Pool, which is situated in the building between the men’s and women’s bathing areas, can be used by both men and women wearing bathing suits. The Bade Pool is a place where you can improve your health without any strain on your body within water that is at 35 degrees Celsius, close to body temperature. It is popular as a facility where people can strive to feel better together while appreciating the wonderful garden. As well, you can also take in for free an aqua programme including aqua-stretching and training.
A varied menu to heal your tired body
Along with the natural onsen and the Bade Pool, there are other ways to spend a relaxing time at Niwa-no-Yu. The stone sauna facility which opened in summer 2015 has a room temperature that is lower than that of a regular sauna so that the sweat comes out a bit more leisurely which makes it recommendable for women. There is also a traditional Korean sauna known as hanjunmaku where the sweat can pour down with its high temperature. As well, you can take a leisurely break up in the Relaxation Area on the 2nd floor. You can have meals and take in a massage there so that the fatigues of the day can melt away.