Local Train Station: Jomokogen From Tokyo: From Tokyo Station take the Jyoetsu Shinkansen to Jomo Kogen Station, then take a public bus to Takaragawa Station. Travel Time: Tokyo to Jomo Kogen, 1 hour 10 minutes. Bus from Jomo Kogen to Takaragawa, 1 hour. Total travel time is 2 hrs and 10 minutes.
Price: Rates start at Y16,000 (including breakfast and dinner). Days Closed: None Day Visit Option: Y1,500 (9:00am - 4:00pm) Credit Cards: Yes
Onsen Specifics: Four large outdoor baths (three mixed and one women-only). Two indoor areas (one for men, one for women) also contain several baths. Water Good For: Nervous disorders, bad circulation, skin irritations, sore muscles and joints, aches, bruises, and fatigue Water Composition: ammonium clear water
Ousenkaku, the only ryokan at Takaragawa Onsen, continually ranks among the most popular onsen in Japan -- you'll see it profiled in magazine after magazine. Water flows directly from the source into the bathing springs at 476 gallons per minute, so the water at Ousenkaku Ryokan is continously replenished. The large outdoor bath is notable for its size (100 people can soak at once) and for the fact that it is a mixed-bathing site.
It's an especially nice destination during the fall months when the leaves of abundant Japanese maples turn to a bright red color. the onsen is surrounded by mountains, so beside soaking in the waters, there are opportunities for hiking in the nearby trails.
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