The alluring aroma of pancakes at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun—a resort in Japan already well known for its ramen baths—doesn’t lead guests to the kitchen. Instead, it takes them to syrup-scented “hot cake baths” designed for breakfast-themed relaxation.
As Kotaku reports, the tubs were built in honor of Morinaga hot cake mix’s 60th anniversary. Though there's no actual pancake mix in the baths, they are filled with vanilla and maple-infused water that’s refreshed with syrup three times a day. And while brown isn’t usually a desirable color for hot tub water, in this case, the shade is intentional.
Culinary spa experiences are a running theme at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. In the past they’ve debuted baths meant to evoke ramen, green tea, and red wine. Their latest installment is open to guests from now through April 25.