So I’ve made it back from Hakone alive and in one piece (relatively speaking). This time around, our shift corresponded with perhaps the busiest travel season of the Japanese work year. What did that mean for the relatively underplanned and ill-prepared Mecha-Ike Onsen? Lots and lots of guests. Way more than we probably knew what to do with.
The first time around, back in July, daily guest numbers ranged around 1000 with the weekend occasionally bumping things up to 2500 people or so. In August, visitor numbers jumped to somewhere around 4000 people a day, many of whom all decided to visit the newly opened Mecha-Ike Onsen right around one o’clock, meaning two or so hours of hell a day for the staff, along with another ten or so hours of “Well, now what?” Continue reading