The thought of going to an onsen gives me a fear of what I may see inside. As a Singaporean we don’t have the onsen culture, and we also don’t have the luxury of stripping naked in front of a group of naked women inside an a hot tub.
Although having gone to the one in Bangkok, this isn’t an foreign experience for me. The one in Bangkok is a tad overwhelming. I have no idea what I should do or shouldn’t and thankfully I just follow the whatever the Japanese ladies were doing.
I do happen to have the luxury to bring my bff to one, and I always wonder how do people stay so long inside the onsen. After this session, which I will share with you how we manage to spend from 12pm – 6pm there.
Before we go in to register ourselves, we would need to take off our shoes and put it into the locker. At the counter, when you register they will give you a tag that you can use to access another locket inside to put your items before going into the onsen.
I think the best part of the onsen is picking your Yukata. We spend quite awhile picking ours.
During the onsen, we can’t take any photos as you know everyone is naked. So I shall try my best to describe it as much as I can.
Before the onsen, we were given a small towel and a big towel. However we can only bring the small towel in. We need to wash our body well before we get into the bathtub. Everyone has a counter to shower,after we shower, we have to put everything back in place.
There are a few different types of baths in there:
Bubble Bath – Inspired by the natural hot spring regions of Thailand and Japan, our Bubble Baths are filled with water infused with carefully balanced minerals and set at a warm, inviting temperature to provide an authentic and holistic bathing experience.
This is the one we tried when we first got in, I think we were in there for around 10 mins and we decided to try another one.
Jet Bath – Let powerful water pressure massage away the day’s stresses. Ideal for aches and pains, full-body jet streams of air relieve tension and soothe the muscles as you relax in this therapeutic bath. The oxygenated water stimulates your blood circulation and metabolism, assisting in weight loss whilst you simply lay back and relax.
This area is quite nice and relaxing, as there’s a seating area for you to rest your whole body comfortably into the waters. I think we were probably in here for around another 5-10mins or so.
Soda Spa – Hot spring water is enriched with a high concentration of CO2. Soaking in carbon dioxide-rich water increases blood oxygen levels, which improves circulation, reduces high blood pressure, and detoxifies the blood. The Soda Spa’s CO2 technology also relaxes the body and increases nutrients to the body tissues whilst tightening the skin and improving skin elasticity, ultimately giving a youthful glow.
This one seems to be just fizzy water, I think we been into the hot water for quite awhile not sure how to tell the difference anymore.
Silk Bath – Filled with tiny bubbles, this bath offers a deeply cleansing and relaxing experience. The jets of tiny bubbles not only give the water a sensual, silky feel, but also aid buoyancy and stimulate and relax the muscles. These properties work together to make the Silk Bath highly effective for relieving rheumatic and arthritic aches and pains as well as relieving mental stresses.
This is one that we just dipped our legs in and went off to try the cold bath.
Cold Bath – Refreshing and invigorating, the Cold Bath’s 17-19°C water stimulates the body’s natural energy and nerve endings. The contrasting temperature of this bath to the other hot baths makes it a wonderfully enlivening bath to dip into. The Cold Bath also has aesthetic anti-aging benefits as it closes the pores and tightens the skin.
Honestly after trying all the hot bath, what you really really want is a cold bath. And this is super cold. We spend around half an hour trying to dip our whole body into the water while telling ourselves that it is good for our body.
So thats how we spend around almost an hour inside the onsen.
After onsen, we went to their cafe. By then it’s around 1plus I ordered udon set which taste quite comforting since I dipped myself into a cold bath, so my mind keep telling me to order something warm and soupy.
Inside the onsen while you are in the tub, there’s nothing else to see other than one TV in the screen, and we saw SAPPORO Beer at $10 keep flashing in front us while we were in there. We had to get it.
After our lunch, we proceed to the resting area where we are supposed to be quiet. So after sitting there for I think 30 mins, we dose off till 5pm+ and people that’s how you can spend one whole afternoon at Yunomori.
I did a video of our time there, so if you are considering of finding new things to experience and do you can have a look:
Yunomori Onsen & Spa
Address: #02-17/18 Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, 397638
Hours: Open today · 10AM–11PM
Phone: 6386 4126
From now till 26 march 2017, there’s Japanese Restaurant Week going on. So at every participating restaurants including Yunomori, they give out Lucky Draw Cards for you to win a round trip ticket to Tokyo for 2.
With this Lucky Draw Card, I did up a video tutorial on how you can sign up
Additionally, participating restaurants Emporium Shokuhin, Watami, Kuro Izakaya & Tomi Sushi have treats for Japanese Restaurant Week diners during the campaign. If you happen to be patronising any of these areas, do check out the eCoupon here.
May you win a trip to Tokyo!!!