Local Train Station: Naganohara Kusatsu-guchi From Tokyo: From Ueno Station, take the JR Shin Tokkyu Kusatsu line and get off at Naganohara Kusatsu-guchi station. From there, take a bus toward Hanayashiki onsen, and get off at that stop (the last stop). The ryokan is a 10-minute walk away.
Travel Time: From Ueno to Naganohara Kusatsu-guchi station, 3 hrs 20 minutes. From Naganohara Kasatsu-guchi to Hanayashiki onsen, 35 minutes. Then, a ten-minute walk. Total travel time is approx. 4 hrs and 5 minutes.
Price: Rates range from Y13,000 - Y20,000 (including breakfast and dinner). The ryokan has 61 rooms. Days Closed: None Day Visit Option: Y500 (1:00pm - 2:30pm) Credit Cards: yes
Onsen Specifics: Two outdoor baths, one for men and one for women. Two indoor baths, one for men and one for women. Two small family (mixed) baths. Water Good For: Nervous disorders, muscle pain, fatigue, joint pain. Water Composition: Sulfate Sodium
Here at Tamagoyu, you'll notice the rich-in-sulfer, yellow-ish water immediately -- and appreciate the name of the onsen. Tamago means egg in Japanese.
The water at Tamagoyu onsen has been used as a curative for over 400 years. One of the reasons this onsen is so popular is that the hot water flows directly from the springs to the tubs -- no water is added and the temperature isn't altered. This fact makes the water at Tamagoyu onsen unique.
The water flows into the hot springs at the rate of 46 gallons per minute, and as a result, Tamagoyu onsen is among the most popular in Japan. This ryokan was the first one built in the area.
One personal web site in Japan rates this ryokan five out of five stars and goes on to comment, "The water is great. You can see right where the water is coming from. Also, the ryokan is kept very clean. The color of the water is clear when it comes out, then gets white. While the smell of sulfer is strong, it didn't bother me. The temerature of the water was neither too hot nor too cold."
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