Here’s your chance to soak in a large refreshing hot bath of soy milk.

Aside from being a popular hot spring resort, the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, located just under two hours away from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station by train and bus, is also known for offering unique baths using unconventional liquids. Now, for a limited time, Yunessun is offering a soy milk bath as part of their Meat Festival campaign.

The Soy Protein Bath, as it’s being called, is filled with soy milk instead of a liquid protein supplement as the name might suggest. But why soy milk? Soy beans are known as “the meat of the fields” in Japan and considered an important source of protein, making it an appropriate natural ingredient for the bath.

Plus, to add to the wacky fun, buffed up Yunessun staff posing as body builders will make a show of adding soy milk to the bath twice daily during the Meat Festival. Now that should be entertaining to watch!

But the Soy Protein Bath isn’t the only attraction of the Meat Festival. Since it is the Meat Festival, after all, it’s only natural that they’re offering tasty meat items  at their food court and restaurants.

Here are the Beef Kalbi  and Pork rice bowls, 1,050 yen (US$9.50) and 1,000 yen respectively, available at the Fontana Food Court.

There’s also a selection of yummy looking meat-based treats on a stick also available from the Fontana Food Court: the Chicken Steak Stick (650 yen), the Potato and Sausage Stick (600 yen) and the Meat-wrapped Rice Ball Stick (650 yen).

The Auntie Pasta Italian restaurant offers meat-filled items like the Triple Meat Curry with roast beef, chicken and fried pork cutlet (1,800 yen) and the Roast Beef Rice Bowl (1,500 yen).

And you can also enjoy sweet drinks and desserts as well using not meat but soy as a substitute protein source.

The Soy Milk Passion Mango drink (450 yen) from the Fontana Food Court looks like a refreshing treat.

And if you’re in the mood for a serious dessert, the Auntie Pasta restaurant offers the Soy Milk and Matcha Tiramisu (580 yen).

We have to say, soaking in a soy milk bath and enjoying some of these treats sounds like a tempting way to relax. And a bath of soy milk will probably be less sticky than some of the other baths offered by Yunessun in the past, like chocolate or maple syrup.

If you’re interested in an unusual bathing experience, the Meat Festival and the Soy Protein Bath will both run until July 10th. And if a bath filled with soy milk isn’t exactly your cup of tea, don’t worry, you can always soak in a bath of ordinary hot spring water!

Source: Hakone Kowakien Yunessun website, Fujita Kanko press release
Reference: Hakone Kowakien Yunessun English website
Top image: Hakone Kowakien Yunessun website
Insert images: Hakone Kowakien Yunessun website
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