First published on 7 Feb 2011. Updated on 8 Jun 2011.
Ikeda’s ryokan-style (Japanese inn) VIP suite on the second floor features traditional tatami (rice straw) mats, shoji sliding doors, as well as a hinoki bath tub that sits two, cosily. The tub is where the restoration lies: the specially imported hinoki, or Japanese cypress wood, releases oil as water enhanced with crystallised mineral bath salts is warmed up to a consistent 45 degrees Celsius. The gentle oil is naturally anti-bacterial and is commonly found in Japanese skincare products. A mist blows while you’re seated in the tub to cool you down. This is probably as close as you’ll get to an onsen (‘hot spring’) in this city. Click here for address and operating hours.
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