We went to the Romantic Village onsen today; it's not very far away and we've been to Romantic Village before, but not the onsen. It was raining slightly but it was nice sitting in the outdoor hotpool. There was at least one girl in the men's section; she must have been 3rd or 4th grade. Apparently, there was a boy in the women's section too.
The pine cone figure was in one of the rest rooms; it represents some famous character who was known to study, study, study, reading his books while walking, carrying a bundle of firewood. Most elementary schools have a statue of him somewhere.