I spent most of my time confused about procedure, although the setup was pretty clever--shoes in shoe locker, one gets a yukata from the front desk, changes in a locker room, and then can go to the bathhouse (separated by gender, just like the locker rooms) or into the hall for food, shopping, silliness. I went to the bathhouse, where there was another locker room as one only takes into the bathing area a small towel and nothing else except the bracelets with the various locker keys. One washes completely before going into the baths. There were indoor and outdoor baths, a cold water one (I avoided that one), a more minerally bubble bath, one with jets and bubbles--mighty good for a sore back, and a variety of generic baths. Off of this area was a room for massages of various kinds. I opted for the cheaper (30 minute) scrub. I have never been more exfoliated.
Then I went to check out the food and shopping. I wanted to take a pic of myself in the yukata with the cardboard cutouts of anime figures, and a group of Japanese needs decided I needed help. So, one took this pic with one of his friends and myself. It was fun, and they would say various Canadian cities instead of cheese: Vancouver! Toronto! I had told them where I was from. They asked me if I enjoyed Japan's culture. Yes, very much so.
Before leaving I noticed that they have a doggie resort at this onsen! I may try a more traditional one later. It was nice to ease into it with one with heaps of English instructions. I still screwed stuff up along the way, but figured most of it out.
After grabbing a sweet dessert (I was saving myself for dinner in a couple of hours), I started walking towards the edge of the island that faced downtown Tokyo. This artificial island is chock full of funky buildings including the Toyko International Exchange Center.
|Been playing with panoram|
I simply love my job: