This Hot Spring Resort Complex in Japan Also Has a Strawberry Farm
It's the perfect place to relax and take things slow.
4800-1 Komono, Komonocho, Mie District, Mie Prefecture
Business hours vary depending on the establishment.
Aqua Ignis is a hot spring resort complex that focuses on healing and food. If you’re interested in spending an entire day picking strawberries, eating strawberry-flavored desserts, and soaking in hot springs to relax, then this is the perfect place for you.
Taste homegrown strawberries made with reduced chemicals at Chef Tsujiguchi’s farm.
Until May, you can pick strawberries at the Tsujiguchi Farm within Agua Inis. This is managed by Chef Hironobu Tsujiguchi, who uses cultivation methods that are both safe and sustainable. The organic fertilizers and natural heat coming from the hot springs give the strawberries a rich, sweet flavor.
Our tip: Dip the strawberry in the chef’s confiture, a special jam, (additional ¥100) before taking a bite.
Enjoy strawberry picking at Tsujiguchi Farm until May.
For 40 minutes, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat strawberries here!
At Confiture H, a patisserie also managed by Chef Tsujiguchi, you can try cakes with fresh strawberries taken directly from the farm. The shop’s bestsellers include Chocolat Fraise, Strawberries and Pistachio Tart, and Strawberry Tart.
The eye-catching Chocolat Fraise
You shouldn’t miss the chance to try the Strawberries and Pistachio Tart (front) and Strawberry Tart (back).
The strawberry picking (40 minutes eat-all-you-can) costs ¥2,100 for JHS students and above, ¥1,700 for elementary students, and ¥1,300 for three-year-olds and above. Starting May 7, fees will change to ¥1,800 for JHS students and above, ¥1,500 for elementary students, and ¥1,100 for three-year-olds and above.
The event will last until May 31. While reservations aren’t necessary, calling ahead of time for availability is advised.
After a tiring day at the farm, head over to the hot springs to refresh. Kataoka Onsen is famous for its all-natural hot spring water, which flows continuously from 1,200 meters below the ground. It is also famously known as bijin no yu (beauty spring) because it helps keep the skin smooth. Don’t forget to also try the mineral mist bath, Le Furo. This bath was opened in August 2018 and is said to have detoxifying effects. It also helps increase one’s metabolism.
In the indoor bath, you can enjoy a relaxing bamboo grove view.
You may contact Kataoka Onsen at +81-59-394-7733. It is open from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily. Bathing costs ¥600 (¥800 on weekends and holidays) for adults. There are eight simple alkaline hot springs all in all—four for males and four for females. Towels are available for rental (¥100) or for sale (¥200), while shampoo and conditioner are available for free. Guests are also allowed to bring their own.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (27 January 2020)