Why just drink beer when you can bathe in it? At the Hinotani Onsen, a hot spring located within the Misugi Resort about two hours from Kyoto, Japan, a beer bath is quickly becoming one of the most popular spa activities.
The new concept combines homemade Japanese craft beer from neighboring Hinotani Brewery with hot natural spring water every thirty minutes, and the result is a hazy and foamy liquid that resembles a dark lager. Since the Ninja beer, as it is called, is made with a combination of black and sake rice, it’s darker than most beers but has a slightly sweet, yet dry flavor profile.
According to the the Misugi website, the libation contains live yeast and enzymes in the malt that leave your skin feeling soft and fresh. What’s more? The carbonic acid and antibacterial properties in the hops clean your skin and can keep you healthy.
“The yeast in the beer gives you very smooth skin and the hops have an antibacterial power that is also good for your skin,” Youki Nakagawa, part owner of Misugi Resort and brewmaster, explained to Travel + Leisure. “On top of that, the C02 in the beer is good for blood circulation.”
Though Youki’s claims haven’t been scientifically proven, that’s hardly deterring people from taking part in this unique experience, especially since a 45-minute session in the beer onsen costs about $15.
However, if you’re thinking of heading to Japan for a beer bath of your own, it’s best to plan ahead. The Misugi Resort has two public onsens, one designated for men and one for women, and they switch each day so everyone can experience the beer bath.
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