What is a Ryokan? Ryokans are the best way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the true comforts of Japanese hospitality and service.
Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are an intimate part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 "onsen" ,or hot springs, in Japan. Many can be found at the ryokans available on Japanese Guest Houses.
It is about a 2 hour and 15 minutes ride from JR Ueno train station in Tokyo to JR Minakami train station. From JR Minakami train station on the Joetsu Rail Line, go out the exit and turn right. There are several bus stops outside the station. Get on the bus bound for "Takaragawa Onsen" and it leaves JR Minakami train station at 11:45, 12:45, 13:41, 14:43, 15:47 and 16:43. These times change from season to season. When you get on the bus, tell the driver you wish to go to Takaragawa Onsen (they speak a little English). It is a short walk from the Takaragawa Onsen Bus Stop to Osenkaku. From Takaragawa Onsen to the JR Minakami train station the bus leaves at 7:42, 9:32, 10:53, 11:57, 12:58, 14:07, 14:52, 15:33, 16:48, 17:52 and 18:47. There is also a private shuttle bus which leaves JR Minakami Onsen train station at 14:30. It will either be a white or a yellow bus, and it will have "Takaragawa Onsen" written on the side of the bus. If you wish to take this bus to Takaragawa Onsen, please let us know as reservations are necessary. A drop off service from the ryokan to the JR Minakami Onsen train station at 9:40. If you wish to take this bus please let us know as reservations are necessary.
1899 Fujiwara Oaza
Hyogo-ken Chijitoroku Ryokogyo 3-609
(Hyogo Prefecture Travel Agent License Number 3-609)
10-5-401-1-(2) Sakae-machi, Kawanishi-shi, Hyogo-ken Japan
Part of the Rediscover Group of Travel Companies Rediscover Japan Co., Ltd. (Japanese Guest Houses)
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