Bathers can relax in fake blood pools at Japan's Hakone Kowakien Yunessun spa resort

Bathers can relax in fake blood pools at Japan's Hakone Kowakien Yunessun spa resort.
Photo credit: Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

A unique feature of a spa resort in Japan is letting bathers embrace their inner vampire by soaking in large pools of fake blood.

Hot pools or 'onsen' are a traditional bathing facility that number in their thousands across Japan.

The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun onsen in Kanagawa Prefecture currently boasts fake blood pools as part of its Evangelion-themed Second Impact no Yu event.

The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun spa resort features fake blood pools.
Photo credit: Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

Evangelion is a popular Japanese franchise and in its 'Second Impact' a huge explosion in Antarctica causes the oceans to run red with blood.

Both waterslides and cave pools at the spa resort have been coloured red to give bathers the look of swimming and relaxing in blood.

Attendees may be able to recreate the scenes of heroines emerging from a blood pool seen in The Descent and Tomb Raider.

Fake blood pools in Japanese onsen resort may mean people imitate Tomb Raider and The Descent.
Tomb Raider; The Descent. Photo credit: Square Enix; Linosgate.

While the fake blood pools are a temporary attraction, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun also features permanently coloured pools that emulate other liquids like green tea and red wine.

"Our large domed area offers all-weather enjoyment including swimming in a large pool with Mediterranean Sea theme and luxuriating in baths containing wine, coffee or Japanese sake for a unique and entertaining experience," the resort's website states.

After an extension, the Evangelion-themed hot pools will now be open until the end of September.

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