Local Train Station: Atagawa From Tokyo: From Tokyo Station take the Odoriko Express to Atagawa. The ryokan is three minutes from the station by car. The onsen has a shuttle. Travel Time: Total travel time from Tokyo, 2 hours.
Price: Rates start at Y15,000. Four rooms have private baths. There are also four baths which are reserved by the hour. Days Closed: None Day Visit Option: Y1,500 (3:00pm - 6:00pm). No day visits permitted if the ryokan is full. Credit Cards: None accepted.
Onsen Specifics: Ten baths, both indoors and out. Water Good For: Neuralgia, rheumatism, skin problems, muscle pain. Water Composition: Sulphur
Fame for Katase-kan comes in the form of two baths which are located on a rooftop, surrounded by glass, with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
Located near Tokyo, Katase-kan's sweeping views and sophisticated, modern style may not evoke hot springs of the past, but it make for an impressive onsen trip in its own right.
And because of the availability of private bathing, this is a good choice for families and couples.
Web reports talk of the ryokan's excellent food (especially the seafood), and the uniqueness and elegance of each of the baths.
One dispatch recommends watching the sunrise while soaking in a hot bath.
Because Katase-kan can be reached by traveling on a single train line from Tokyo, this onsen is recommended for visitors with Tokyo on their Japan itinerary.
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