Take a Dip in a Wine-Filled Bath for Beaujolais Nouveau Day

On the third Thursday of November when the French wine Beaujolais Nouveau is released, annual celebrations take place in France and – as the drink’s second biggest importer – Japan. While sinking a few glasses is the standard way to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the most memorable is to take a trip to a spa in Hakone, where you can swim in the stuff.

A 3.6m wine bottle rests next to the pool at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and wine is regularly poured into the bath during performances throughout the day. Before you consider whether you’d be willing to swig some of it down as you swim (don’t pretend it didn’t cross your mind), we should mention that the liquid is mainly water. The bath holds 13,000 litres but only nine litres of wine is added each day, along with a violet dye.

Or if wine isn’t your thing, you can relax in the resort’s coffee and green tea spas…

No, we're not joking.

No, we’re not joking.

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