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Snooth User: Coleney

Wine bathing

Posted by Coleney, Jun 19, 2017.

What do you think about wine bathing. Have you ever tried it?

The picture does not really look nice. Maybe when such bath is for single individual or for pair it is more romantic, hygienic and comfortable.

"Located in Hakone, Japan, the one-of-a-kind spa lets its customers "cleanse"
themselves in an assortment of unusual hot tubs including green tea, sake, coffee,
and red wine.
Wine spas with wine-based treatments can be found across the globe but the spa
which is part of an amusement park in Japan includes a 12-foot bottle of wine
allowing visitors to drink while they bath".


Reply by rckr1951, Jun 19, 2017.

I get enough resveratrol by drinking it - but thanks.

The hygenic part makes me a bit squeamish. 

Reply by dmcker, Jun 20, 2017.

Japanese hot spring baths should be given World Heritage recognition, IMHO. They are all over this volcanic country and are really special places to relax, both outdoors and indoors (especially when combined with expert shiatsu massage, Al, and with often very good multi-course Japanese meals thrown in). Some of the world's longest-running destination spas, with superb aesthetics, IMHO. However those in less prime locations and with less good sources of geothermal heating sometimes get gimmicky, and 'Wainburo' (furo/buro is the Japanese name for bath) is just one such. The Hakone place is hardly 'one-of-a-kind' though most aren't as tacky as to have a fake wine bottle hanging above. Hakone, near the base of Mt. Fuji, is the closest major hot spring area to Tokyo and competition there is intense.

Can be great to hang in the outdoor baths for awhile with floating trays of beer or sake (and in winter yes I've even been in deep mountain outdoor baths with monkeys around wanting to come in out of the snowbanks). So someone made the connection to bathe in the stuff rather than just pour it down your gullet. Plenty of historical examples of such bathing in the west, too, also in beer and milk and others all the way to blood, each with their own purported benefit.

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