RYOKANS providing rooms with private open-air baths
Book Houshi Onsen Chojukan in Minakami Tanigawa Onsen— 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. 75 mins by JR Shinkansen from Tokyo Sta.
Japanese ryokan food, dinner and breakfast – a ryokan providing local foodstuff
Nearby famous Joshu Akagi beef, Haruna pork, and Furai chicken. Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture grown 100% Koshihikari rice harvested from a “Toku-A” (Toku means special) grade rice paddies cultivated by contract farmers. All water in the facilities comes from our own source of clean water taken from the uppermost upstream waters of the Hoshi River. Local Gunma sake.
A ryokan particularly good for health and beauty
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.
A ryokan appearing in various media
Famous as the setting for the JR (previously “Kokutetsu Jidai”) full moon poster. Numerous famous authors have stayed here, and have left behind works.
“No. 1” ryokan in Japan
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.
Traditional ryokan – historical architecture
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.
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