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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Relaxation

Minakami Onsen 水上温泉

Adventure paradise in the great outdoors, followed by the hot springs

Water is at the heart and soul of Minakami, with lakes, rivers, hot spring resorts, and outdoor activities all geared around this precious natural resource. Minakami Onsen is nestled in the valley of the Tanigawa mountain range, with fast-flowing clear water sourced from the Tone River.

The hot spring resort offers healing waters and quality cuisine, and is also a great base for outdoor activities, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to rafting, canyoning, and bungee jumping in summer. After a day of adventure, you can soothe your weary muscles in the mineral-rich waters.

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  • Slip and slide in the ultimate canyoning experience
  • Ski or snowboard in thick and plentiful powder
  • End a perfect day in a rejuvenating onsen

How to Get There

The onsen is accessible from Tokyo and Takasaki by train and then a local bus.

From Tokyo & Takasaki, you can ride the JR Joetsu Shinkansen to Jomo-Kogen Station (75 minutes). From Jomo-Kogen Station, transfer to a bus for Minakami Station (25 minutes).

Local train JR Takasaki Line to Takasaki Station (2 hours). Transfer to the JR Joetsu Line to Minakami Station (1 hour).

Quick Facts

Minakami Onsen is located at the source of the Tone River, Japan's second-longest river

Minakami Onsen's water is clear and odorless unlike Ikaho Onsen and Kusatsu Onsen

Nearby Takaragawa Onsen was chosen as one of the top 10 onsen in the world

Action all around

With all the melted snow in April, the Tone River consistently provides grade four whitewater rapids, making the Minakami area one of the best canyoning, rafting, and kayaking spots in Japan.

Canyoning is a thrilling sport that has only been around in Japan for around 20 years. It's whitewater rafting without the raft. Sliding through a rocky canyon in a wetsuit, the experience is unmatched in speed, power, and thrill.

Rafting and kayaking are similar, but with very different boats. Rafting is usually in larger boats, with six or more rafters squeezed in. Packrafting uses smaller inflatable rafts, for a single rafter. Kayaks are outfitted for one or two paddlers. There are many different kinds, but they are low to the water and you will get wet.

Bungee jumping in Minakami is not really a water sport, but you do jump from a bridge over the Tono River. You jump from a height of 42 meters, so it isn't for the faint of heart.

Minakami in winter

Activities and adventure in Minakami Onsen don't end in the fall, as the winter snow opens up other opportunities for sporting adventures. There are nine ski and snowboarding resorts in the Minakami area, and nearly half of all that are in Gunma Prefecture.

Dip in the water

Even though Minakami is accessible as a day trip from Tokyo, it's worth staying, not least for the whole onsen experience. You have a wide choice of accommodation, each with its own hot spring facilities. For modern, hotel-style complexes with all the comforts, stick close to the centrally located Minakami Onsen.

On the other hand, if you prefer a secluded, rustic inn experience, Takaragawa Onsen or Hoshi Onsen are good choices. In these locations, time passes slowly as you take in the beauty of the surrounding nature.

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