It took a while to persuade me to goto a Public Spa as you have to go in naked and that just doesn’t seem a very British thing to do. I suppose the sight of the mountains and the thought of coming all this way and not doing something. Anyway it turned out not that bad no one payed any attention so that was ok. The men and women are separated so Brandon, me, Shigeo and Granda went through the blue curtain and Rie, Setsuko, Elizabeth and Austin went through the red curtain.
There were 2 main pools one indoors and one outdoors, a sauna and lots of shower and baths. I spent some time in the indoor pool (41 degrees C) before venturing outside to the outdoor pool (42 degrees C) It was great looking up at the Asama volcano in the hot water while being outside. What an experience!
Brandon and me had enough of the heat so we went and got changed, we left Granda in the main pool, I told him we were going for a beer, he said “ok” so we went back to the lounge area and chilled out a bit. BUT what we didn’t know was that Granda had put his clothes in a locker and placed the key in Brandon’s bag without telling us…
He thought we had gone to get beers to bring back to the pool, obviously that isn’t allowed. When he realised we weren’t coming back, he went back to the changing rooms and without a towel or a key was completely naked and concerned that his clothes were behind lock and key. To make things worse no one there could understand English so it was all getting very “carry on”, anyway Shigeo went back to the changing rooms and discovered Grandas situation, but as the communication barriers were up (remember Granda’s hearing aid and glasses were in the locker) things were getting difficult. We were imagining that Granda was having a great time and not wanting to come out.
Anyway a bit later Shigeo decided to get our help so Granda was saved after 20 minutes. Luckily the place was warm and Granda saw the funny side. 🙂 so that was ok.
After using the spa there is free tea and you buy or bring your own food and beer, now that’s a good idea. The place was mainly full of older people and families, maybe not a trendy thing to do, but relaxing and pleased we went.