Refresh at the open-air bath of Kurama Onsen surrounded by the nature of Mt. Kurama
Mt. Kurama is sometimes called the summer retreat of Kyoto, and in the middle of the mountain, you can find this hot spring resort, Kurama Onsen. This hot spring resort is especially popular among travelers because you can pop in for a bath. At the resort they have cherry and plum trees, maples and azaleas, so you can enjoy a beautiful view of nature all through the year. There is nothing as luxurious as the open-air bath at Kurama Onsen that uses Mt. Kurama as its background.
Kurama Onsen has three different plans: a plan where you can go to the open-air bath once; a plan where you can go to the inside bath and the open-air bath as many times as you want: and a plan where you also get to stay at the resort, for which you need a reservation. The have something for those who want a quick refreshing bath, but also something for those who want a relaxing day at a hot spring resort.
Kurama Onsen is an hour away from the center of Kyoto, but how about taking the time to go to the open-air bath surrounded by nature, and forgetting all about the worries of your mundane life, and spending a relaxing day in Kurama.
This rotenburo open-air bath is surrounded by the grand nature of Mt. Kurama. In spring you can see the cherry blossoms, in autumn the autumn leaves, in winter there is snow, so you can enjoy a different scene every season of the year. The open-air bath is only 1-minute away from the main building, but not directly connected, so those who also go to the inside bath and those staying at the hotel have to go outside of the building to access this bath.
There is a different public bath for women and men. From the window you can see the beautiful nature and mountains, and after washing your body here and bathing, I recommend heading for the open-air bath. They also have a sauna for you to use.
Relax at the recreational space
This recreational space can only be used by those who choose the plan with both the inside and open-air baths. It is on the second floor of the resort, and it is a big room with tatami flooring. You can truly relax here; they have a television, massage chairs, small towels, and even pillows so you can take a quick nap.
Eat some great food
On the first floor, there is a restaurant where you can enjoy Japanese food like tempura and yudofu, drink beer and locally made sake, and enjoy desserts like ice cream. After a bath, you can enjoy good food and alcoholic beverages here. The restaurant is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.