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August is peak summer season in Japan.  We can look forward to some of the most spectacular fireworks displays and festivals in the world, ...

Rakuyujurin Shizenkan 楽遊壽林自然館

Cypress(Hinoki Onsen) of Hakone.    Raku Yu is a place you go in the autumn and summer.   I especially love sitting out in the open air bath with hinoki all around.   Real cypress that's not chemically treated is slippery under your feet.   So it's important to be careful when walking on it, especially if its wet.

During summer this whole area is lush and green with foliage.   The woody scented hot tub and relaxing with an ice cold beer and a beautiful summer day.   Hakone is one of the best hot spa towns in the world.


During rainy wet season, June to mid June, the foliage is wet and aromatic of hints of summer.    The wood deck is wet and slippery like what's in between the loving matron.  The water is calcium rich with a light sodium aroma.   It's the perfect wooded hot spring spa.

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