Local Train Station: Kinugawa From Tokyo: From Tokyo, take a subway to Ueno station, then transfer to the train to Kitasenju. At Kitasenju, take the Toubu line to Kinugawa Onsen. Take a public bus to Meotobuchi. From Meotobuchi, the ryokan has a shuttle. Travel Time: Ueno to Kitasenju, 10 minutes. Kitasenju to Kinugawa onsen, 1 hour 30 minutes. Bus to Meotobuchi, XX minutes, then a 30-minute shuttle. Total travel time approx. 2 hrs. XX minutes.
Rates range from Y10,000 to Y16,000 (including breakfast and dinner). The ryokan has 48 Japanese-style rooms and three western-style rooms. Days Closed: None Day Visit Option: Y500 (9:00am - 3:00pm) Credit Cards: None accepted
Onsen Specifics: Two indoor baths (one for men, one for women). Three outdoor baths (three mixed, one women-only). Water Good For: Rheumatism, skin problems, and womens' health problems. Water Composition: Sulfate sodium spring
Kaniyu is famous of its three-story Japanese style building and large number of outdoor baths. Because there are so many baths (with many options for private bathing) and because of the water's close-to-white color, this ryokan is often the subject of TV and media coverage.
The best time to visit Kaniyu is in the fall when the Japanese Maple change colors. Kaniyu is connected to Hacho-no-yu by a 10-minute walk by trail.
Although the two onsen (Kaniyu and Hacho-no-yu) are only ten minutes apart by walking, due to Kaniyu's popularity, it can often be crowded.
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