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The little-known ‘slice of heaven’ bath house just outside Sydney

PHOTO: Just outside Sydney near Lithgow in the Blue Mountains is a hidden touch of Japanese culture, a traditional bathhouse nestled in the Australian bush that has remained a local secret for years.

  • Traditional Japanese bath house has remained a hidden gem from all but locals 
  • Blue Mountains gem is open again after the Covid pandemic shut it temporarily 
  • It has been called a ‘slice of heaven’ and renowned for its attention to detail

A slice of traditional Japanese culture can be found just outside Sydney, where an authentic bath-house has been built in the unlikely setting of the Australian bush.

The Japanese Bath House is located in South Bowenfels near Lithgow in the New South Wales Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, and while travel to Japan remains off limits to Australians due to Covid-19 travel bans, it provides a opportunity to experience one of the Asian nation’s cultural highlights without leaving home.

The tourist drawcard adheres throughout to the aesthetic of ‘shibusa’, or unobtrusive beauty.

The onsen includes scented public and private baths with views of Lake Lyell, spa treatments, a tea room, restaurant and traditional massage.

Despite briefly being closed when the pandemic hit in March last year, business is booming again as Sydneysiders flock to the tourist hotspot.

Just outside Sydney hides a touch of Japanese culture, a traditional bathhouse nestled in the Australian bush that has remained a local secret for years

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