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Spend your time at all-inclusive hot spring resorts without stepping out of the place during winter time!

 

 

There are many onsen (hot spring) inns in Japan that have excellent facilities which allow you to spend a whole day without having to go outside. We have carefully selected several onsen inns where you can enjoy the snowy scenery, savour kaiseki (Japanese traditional multi-course menu) cuisine, relax your body and mind and feel like a celebrity. It can be a new way to spend your time at a full-boarded Japanese hot spring inn during your next Japan visit.


 

1)    Enjoy the snowy scenery all to yourself in a private open-air bath at Takumi no Yado Miyama Ou-an (Gifu Prefecture)

 

 

The inn is located in Okuhida Onsengo hot spring village of Gifu Prefecture, and has been a hot topic as it was ranked top 1 in the national hot spring resort satisfaction ranking by the Japanese travel website “Jalan” for two consecutive years.

 

 

In the open-air baths, where you can bathe while gazing at the magnificent Northern Japan Alps, you can also enjoy the changing scenery of the four seasons, from cherry-blossoms view during spring season, to the autumn leaves in autumn or snow in winter. 

 

 

The main building, where the bookkeeping room and bathhouse are located, is a splendid wooden structure made of fine wood and inherited from the Nara period (710 AD – 794 AD).

 

Amazing Points!

 

  • Take a relaxing bath in the private open-air bath with a great sense of privacy (free of charge)!
  • For dinner, enjoy Japanese kaiseki cuisine with charcoal-grilled Hida beef as the highlight.
  • Rent an original yukata for free (not just for women, also for men too)!
  • Drinks (milk in the evening and Yakult in the morning) are served after your onsen baths. Also, Yonakisoba noodles (Japanese stir-fried noodles) are available at night.

 

Facility Information

Name: Takumi no Yado Miyama Ou-an
Address: 229 Hirayu, Okuhida Onsengo, Takayama-shi, Gifu
Admission Charge: Standard plan ¥21,500 per night for 2 people (1 night / 2 meals)
* Varies depending on the season and room types
* Capacity: 1 – 4 people
Access: From JR Shinjuku Station, take the Chuo Main Line for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, and get off at JR Matsumoto Station. Take the local bus for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, get off at the "Hirayu Onsen" bus stop, and walk 5 minutes.
Website: Takumi no Yado Miyama Ou-an (Japanese)


 

2) Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, an exclusive inn with one of the largest amount of hot spring waters in Japan (Yamanashi Prefecture)

 

 

In 2011, the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan (Yamanashi Prefecture) was recognized by the Guinness World Records as "the oldest inn in the world". In addition to the six different types of baths, the baths in the guest rooms, hot water supply, and showers are all heated naturally without adding any hand. 

 

 

The cuisine is prepared by its renowned chef who has won the "Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award" in the local cuisine category of the National Japanese Cooking Competition. All of the dishes are handmade, from the paste in a dish to the mayonnaise that was used. They even use eight different types of salt for different dishes.

 

Amazing Points!

 

  • The “Boukei no Yu” outdoor bath is the symbolic facility of the inn, and at night you can see the stars in the sky while relaxing yourself in the bath.
  • In addition to the “Boukei no Yu”, there are six other types of baths, including the "Mountain Stream Outdoor Bath Hakuho no Yu," where you can take a bath while looking out over the Hayakawa Valley, and the "Private Outdoor Bath Kawane and Seoto”, which are large stone-made outdoor baths. A leisurely tour of the baths can be enjoyed!

 

Facility Information

Name: Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan
Address: Nishiyama Onsen, Hayakawa-cho, Minamikoma-gun, Yamanashi
Admission Charge: Standard plan ¥18,360 per night for each person (1 night / 2 meals)
* Varies depending on the season and room types
* Maximum Capacity: 6 people
Access: Take an express bus from BUSTA Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal (about 3 hours and 30 minutes) and get off at JR Minobu Station. Take the Hayakawa-cho Shared Ride Bus (about 1 hour and 30 minutes) and get off at Nishiyama Onsen Bus Stop
Website: Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan (official)


 

3) Tanigawa Onsen Hinoki no Yado Minakami Sanso, a hot spring with a 100% source of Hinoki cypress (Gunma Prefecture)

 

 

The inn is located by a mountain stream at the far end of Tanigawa Onsen Village in Gunma Prefecture. The hot spring has a reputation for making your skin feel like it is being nurtured with various materials and nutrition, and has been awarded five stars by the Japan Spa Association. 
 

 

The magnificent view of Mt. Tanigawa from the lounge and guest rooms is also one of the highlights of this inn. Dinner is a creative kaiseki meal prepared by carefully selecting seasonal ingredients from all over Japan.

 

Amazing Points!

 

  • There is a chair in the bathtub that the founder insisted on every centimeter. The view is breathtaking! Not to mention the lush greenery in spring/summer or the world of silvery white in winter.


Facility Information

Name: Tanigawa Onsen Hinoki no Yado Minakami Sanso
Address: 556 Tanigawa, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma
Admission Charge: Standard plan ¥20,900 per night for each person (1 night / 2 meals)
* Varies depending on the season and room types
* Maximum Capacity: 1 - 5 people
Access: From JR Tokyo Station, take the Joetsu Shinkansen for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, get off at Jomou Kogen Station, take the local bus for about 25 minutes, get off at Minakami Station, and take the hotel shuttle bus for about 10 minutes.
Website: Tanigawa Onsen Hinoki no Yado Minakami Sanso (official)


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