The ride up was quite the adventure. We grabbed a train next door to our apartment (way better than the mile walk we had to the train station last year and before), rode it to Ofuna, transfer to the Tokaido Line and rode it to Odawara. At Odawara we got on the Hakone Tozan Railway and missed the memo where we needed to transfer to a different train on the same line so we started heading in the opposite direction. Finally me made our last transfer that was a crazy train ride of switchback up a mountain! After all the trains we took a bus to our hotel up the hill.
I'll be honest, yes Yunessen/Tutopia was fun but also felt sort of anti-climatic for me. I've been looking forward to this visit for years now so I've really built it up. Maybe it was because I experienced the most stressful 5 minutes of my life shortly before (almost had a full out meltdown on the bus when the driver wouldn't let us use the handy cap door and instead wanted us to collapse our stroller which shouldn't have been an issue but it was. I know, sounds like a small task but tickets went flying, our D90 hit the ground, Gabriel was passed his patience level, we had more items than hands, the Japanese who are usually good at keeping an unreadable face were very obviously overwhelmed by us... etc.), or maybe it was because it was freezing outside and walking form spring to spring wasn't very fun.
Gabriel being the bath lover he is absolutely loved every minute of it, thank goodness! We had to keep a close eye on him because though he loves water he isn't aware of the dangers of it yet- he kept wanting to backwards crawl into the pool... he knew it was a step down into the water so he treated it like the stairs.
The theme pools we enjoyed (me mainly calf down due to pregnancy) were wine, green tea, charcoal, and coffee. There were a few others we we decided to pass on due to weather. The wine pool was fun because we managed to get there right before the performance and had wine sprayed all over us. The coffee pool was the most relaxing because it smelled absolutely amazing.
I'm looking forward to visiting again someday when I'm not all emotionally wound up from stress and pregnancy. I think it will be a fun place to return in a few years when Gabriel is a little older. And maybe we'll wait until later in the year when it isn't snowing.