RYOKANS providing rooms with private open-air baths
Book Houshi Onsen Chojukan in Minakami Tanigawa Onsen (Gunma)— A hidden bath set along a stream running through the bountiful deep mountain greenery. This famous spring was popular amongst the intellectual poet-painters (bunjin) of yore. An inn that has been in business for over hundred forty years.
Access: 1h 10 min by JR Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Jomo-Kogen Station, 30 min by bus from Jomo-Kogen Station to Sarugakyo Onsen, then 20 min by bus to Houshi Onsen
Spring quality/qualities (Please refer to this page for the health merits)
Tourist spots nearby
Ski resorts (Naeba Ski Resort, Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Ski Resort and all), Mount Tanigawa, Doai Station
Interesting hot springs
Hot spring with a 1200 year history. The main building, the Hoshi-no-yu bath, and the annex have been designated as National Tangible Cultural Assets. And the baths come from a naturally occurring hot spring, filled with spring water bubbling up naturally from the bath floor (most other hot springs need excavation to be used). The water is good for the gastrointestinal tract, sunburn, hardening of the arteries, etc.
This ryokan is designated as a National Tangible Cultural Artifact. In addition to a hot spring made of traditional Japanese architecture with 115 years of history, the interior facilities are almost all completely traditional, making you feel almost as if you have travelled back in time to days of yore.
Appearance in famous works
Famous as the setting for the JR (previously “Kokutetsu Jidai”) full moon poster. Numerous famous authors have stayed here, and have left behind works.
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