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岚山辨庆温泉旅店+餐厅Benkei,就在我们所住的酒店旁边。同样面对桂川,门口种者一棵长长的松树。说松树“长“而不是”高“,因为发现日本许多人家门口都喜欢种一颗松树,然后取高度适宜的一根枝,横向绑一根竹竿。这样久而久之,松树枝就沿着长长直直的竹竿横向发展过去,变成一扇天然的大门。不过言归正传,可能是被这给棵漂亮的松树吸引了吧,爬完猴山下来,正是泡个温泉,舒缓全身肌肉的好时机!Benkei提供分别的男女浴场,情侣也可以租用私人的小浴盆。全露天,温泉水则是附近引流过来的pH8.3的泉水,泡起来全身皮肤滑不留手,女孩简直没法抵抗。


泡完温泉紧接着就是晚饭。(可以一套一起预定)温泉水温度极高,浸每5-10分钟就一定的站出来透透气(可能是我自己不争气吧),泡完一个一小时的session之后,整个人红通通,每个毛孔的张开来大口冒着汗!而辨庆的晚餐就是专门针对泡完澡以后处于缺水状态的我们而准备的。

先来一杯冰镇梅子酒,头顶热的冒烟的我一口就解决了半杯。接下来的不记得多少,大概10道菜里,8到都有汤水。每吃一道,整个人就吸取多一些水分。一整餐吃下来,新鲜可口的鱼汤,菜汤补足了前面排出的汗液,简直觉得自己俨然已经焕然一新,彻彻底底的排了一次毒。

As we got off the mountain and back to the river, the crisp air was already starting to cool down. Feeling a little chilled and beaten by jetlag, we retrieved to an onsen(hot spring) + restaurant just nearby called Benkei.


Everything was kept rather authentic and traditional. The hot spring area had a separate male and a female pool, outdoors surrounded by the serene natural beauty of Arashiyama. Or you might choose to enjoy in the private hot spring that also came with a dinner, which was what we went for.


You have 1 hour per session in the private hot spring. I thought it was a bit short but really it wasn't. The water needed some getting use to as you get in, and after 15 minutes soaked in there, normally anyone would need a little break just sitting naked at the side breathing in some cool autumn air to stop overheating. An hour was more than enough to make me sweat all over, and turned my whole body pink as a cooked lobster. 


After wrapping my 'cooked' body in the provided yukata, I was ready for dinner with some ice cold drinks. The private dinner room was decorated again, minimal and traditional, mainly with wood, and elements of nature. 


Menu of the night was:

-An ice cold plum wine is the best after the steaming hot session of onsen. 

-The starter was sesame tofu with soy sauce and wasabi. It was sweet, light, and full of the aroma of sesame oil with in the tofu. 

-Next up was tuna and red snapper sashimi, with a prawn meat ball in clear seafood soup. 

-Assorted vegetable tempura.

-Pan fried cod with pickled ginger shoot. 

-Fried crispy meat ball in soy based soup.

-And soup yet again: a tofu, mushroom and vegetable hotpot, with snapper sashimi which you just dip in the boiling soup for 1 second for the fresh sweetness. Thirsty from all the sweating earlier at the onsen, I happily finished every last drop of the dashi based soup. Both my dehydrated body and greedy mouth craved for it.

-Then last but not least, the rice, miso soup, local produced pickles and genmai tea completed the meal. More hydration was hugely welcomed. 


After the meal, the dessert was fresh fruits of the season, apple and grapes. They might not look so impressive just by themselves like that, but their quality were unbelievable. There was nothing other than the fruity sweetness in the taste, not a hint of sourness or the unpleasant taste of unripe fruit. 


Simple and beautiful.


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