RYOKANS providing rooms with private open-air baths
Book Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku in Minakami Tanigawa Onsen (Gunma)―― Situated deep in the mountains, Osenkaku is an isolated ryokan surrounded by nature. There are four spacious open-air hot spring baths beside Takara River, of which three are gender-mixed baths that you enter with a bathing suit and one is for women only. All the open-air baths, lavished with giant stones, exist in harmony with nature, and offer wonderful views in the seasons of snow and autumn colours. All 42 guest rooms, located in three buildings, are washitsu (Japanese-style rooms), and each of them has a unique taste. The food mainly making use of ingredients from the mountain enjoys a good reputation.
Access: One hour 10 minutes by JR Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Jomo-Kogen Station, then 45 minutes by shuttle bus (Advance booking required)
Spring quality/qualities (Please refer to this page for the health merits)
Simple hot spring
Interesting hot springs
The expansive open air bath facing a mountain stream is spectacular. The total area of 4 open air baths exceeds 780 square meters. The ryokan has 100 years history. The water is good for neuralgia, stress release, poor circulation, etc.
Tourist spots nearby
Mount Tanigawa and Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Ski Resort, Doai Station, Oze National Park (Ozegahara)
Appearance in famous works
This ryokan has an expansive open bath measuring 200 square meters that is used in numerous magazines, television shows, and posters. The even larger 330 square meter open air bath is the biggest in Takaragawa Hot Spring.
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