Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Blue Mountains Sparadise is a Japanese bath house nestled in a hill top of South Bowenfels, in the area of the famous Blue Mountains in Sydney. I've heard about this 'onsen' more then a year ago but hadn't got a chance to visit until last weekend.
We're using public transport so we took train to Lithgow station on the Blue Mountain line for about 3 hours from Central Station then continued our trip by taxi for about 10 minutes from Lithgow station.
Upon our arrival, the staff gave us a short tour (only for the first timer) and a brief explanation about the bath house. The bath house was originally a private bath house and used as a retreat house for Zen followers, then they open the house for public on weekends (Friday to Sunday). This bath house is perfect for you who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can pamper yourself with the therapeutic massage, soaking yourself in the 40 degrees 'rotenburo' (open air hot spring bath) and a walk on the reflexology path in the Japanese Zen garden. Almost forgot, there is also a herbal steam bath that claimed to be very good for skin rejuvenation. There are indoor spa and outdoor spa facilities and both of them are mixed gender and swimwear is a must, if you've ever visited a Japanese onsen in Japan then you know why I mentioned this.
The outer gate
If you plan to visit this Japanese bath house, don't forget to bring cash since no electronic payment received and booking is essential.
There is a tea room from where you can order tea or Japanese bento box for your lunch, and strictly no camera allowed beyond this point for privacy reason.
A vegetarian box priced at $20
A complimentary towel