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Wine lovers bathe in Beaujolais at this unique Japanese red wine spa05:10

Wine lovers bathe in Beaujolais at this unique Japanese red wine spa

Japan, Kanagawa Prefecture
November 25, 2020 at 14:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Guests took an unusual dip at the hot spring theme park Hakone Yunessun in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, as the spa resort launched a limited annual event last Thursday, including staff pouring French wine in the pools and on the guests, as seen in footage from Monday.

"There are many people in Tokyo who are worried about coronavirus, so at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, we ask visitors to wear masks when they are entering. And at the entrance, we check the temperature with thermography, ask about physical conditions and for disinfection of fingers, and if there is no problem, the visitors can enter," said spa employee Yuya Sato.

Children and adults alike enjoyed soaking in the wine-filled pools - an experience usually held indoors, which was moved to the resort's open air facilities due to coronavirus safety measures.

"Since admission was restricted, the number of people was not crowded, so we feel safe to come here," guest Yukari Kanemura said, while enjoying the views with her children and husband.

At an altitude of around 700 metres (2,300 feet), the open-air bath offers visitors a panoramic view of mountains and nature while staff pours Beaujolais in their hands - or on their heads - three times a day, when they come to refill the pools with the beverage.

The annual event took place from November 19 to 23.

Wine lovers bathe in Beaujolais at this unique Japanese red wine spa05:10
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Guests took an unusual dip at the hot spring theme park Hakone Yunessun in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, as the spa resort launched a limited annual event last Thursday, including staff pouring French wine in the pools and on the guests, as seen in footage from Monday.

"There are many people in Tokyo who are worried about coronavirus, so at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, we ask visitors to wear masks when they are entering. And at the entrance, we check the temperature with thermography, ask about physical conditions and for disinfection of fingers, and if there is no problem, the visitors can enter," said spa employee Yuya Sato.

Children and adults alike enjoyed soaking in the wine-filled pools - an experience usually held indoors, which was moved to the resort's open air facilities due to coronavirus safety measures.

"Since admission was restricted, the number of people was not crowded, so we feel safe to come here," guest Yukari Kanemura said, while enjoying the views with her children and husband.

At an altitude of around 700 metres (2,300 feet), the open-air bath offers visitors a panoramic view of mountains and nature while staff pours Beaujolais in their hands - or on their heads - three times a day, when they come to refill the pools with the beverage.

The annual event took place from November 19 to 23.

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