Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic have long had beer spas for soaking your weary muscles in a tub full of lager. But if you’d prefer to bathe in sake, just book a trip to Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, a spa resort located in Hakone, Japan, that specializes in boozy communal bathing.

Why would you jump into a bath of rice wine, other than the fact that it makes for a #nextlevel Instagram? Sake contains significant amounts of kojic acid, which helps to diminish the appearance of freckles, age spots, and skin discoloration, as well as smooth your skin. The Japanese spa always offers red-wine baths, which harness the power of resveratrol—a powerful antioxidant present in red wine, and also found in dark chocolate—to promote anti-aging effects.

Vice went and checked it out back and has a full report—turns out there are also coffee baths, which sound way too stimulating.


To make sure you get every benefit you possibly can, sake is also served for drinking in the sake bath, and red wine is served for drinking in the red wine bath. The spa claims that historical beauty queen Cleopatra used red wine baths to keep herself beautiful, so you’ll be in good company.

So just to recap: Butt-chuggin, bad; bathing in sake, good. According to Rocket News 24, even adding a few cups of sake to your bath at home will help.

[via RocketNews24]