Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sparadise


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.

Sparadise, the only one Japanese bath house in NSW

The outer gate


The main building

The entrance

If you plan to visit this Japanese bath house, don't forget to bring cash since no electronic payment received and booking is essential.

Tea room

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

4 comments:

miwango said...

Hihi :) Sugoi ne!
Sydney seems to be Japan :D

I like Japanese Spa and have been to various Spa.

But there were many people in Spa of any place, and I'm not able to be relaxed very much T_T

I hope that you were able to enjoy there enough^^

Rashai said...

Miwa-san, I like onsen too especially when it's not too crowded so we can relax and enjoy the spa, but I've never been to rotenburo in Japan, hopefully someday I will have a chance to soak myself in a rotenburo.
Which onsen is your favorite one? Arima, Gero, Kinosaki...? :)

miwango said...

Wow! You know onsen in Japan very much :D I went to Arima onsen well since I was kid, because it's in near from my house.And I love nostalgic scenery of Arima <3

By the way, do you know there is the hotel that having rotenburo in the private room? I want to stay there once. But it's very expensive... T_T

Rashai said...

Miwa-san, I don't know about that expensive hotel with rotenburo in the room, I believed it must be a very nice room and onsen :) Thanks for your info.
Hope I will have the chance to stay overnight in Arima one day.