I’ve lived for years in Japan, but never went to a snowy onsen before.
That’s not true anymore. This Friday heavy snows fell across Japan and we were forced to change our plans. We went to Lake Kawaguchi instead. My husband had to by chains to put on the tires for driving on snow and ice.
We went to an onsen I’ve only visited in the summer. However, now I only want to visit it in winter. It was so beautiful with snow. Too bad I couldn’t take pictures of the inside.
Mt. Fuji hidden under clouds.
The shoe lockers where I left my snow-covered boots.
The outside of the Onsen.
No ink allowed
This place had so many bath options: carbonate, steam, cavern, panorama, sauna, and more. Being me, I had to try them all. My favorite was the cavern bath where it’s literally what it sounds like.
You go inside a steamy cavern and enjoy a hot, bubbling bath. Thanks to the steam, it feels very private because you can’t see each other easily.
Sometimes at snowy baths you see these conical straw hats hanging on racks. Those are for if it rains and you want to sit in the outdoor bath with something to stop the rain from pelting your face.
One thing I find uncomfortable is when mothers bring in boys that are a little too old (like 9 or 10). The boys start to stare. They are becoming aware. I find myself avoiding baths with boys who look too old to be there. I don’t like they’re staring.
If you are ever at Lake Kawaguchi, I recommend this onsen, especially in winter.