From Tokyo: Take Seibu line express train from Tokyo's Ikebukuro station and get off at Chichibu station. There, transfer to the local Chichibu line, and get off at Bushu Hino station. The ryokan has a free shuttle from the station. Travel Time: Ikebukuro to Chichibu, 1 hour 20 min. Chichibu to Bushu Hino, 15 minutes. Shuttle, 10 minutes.
Price: Rates start at Y12,000 (including breakfast and dinner). The ryokan has 12 Japanese-style rooms. Days Closed: None Day Visit Option: Not possible. Credit Cards: ?
Onsen Specifics: Two outdoor baths (one for men and one for women). Two indoor bathing areas (one for men and one for women). Water Good For: Rheumatism, nervous disorders, stomach problems. Water Composition: Plain spring water
In the Shibahara area, there are four onsen with ryokan attached, but Kayano-ie is the only one where you'll find all buildings made entirely of wood -- and there's a good story behind that. The current owner collected fallen trees in a surrounding mountains, milled the wood, and built the ryokan's tubs from those trees.
Even though Ryokan has a homey atmosphere, the service and ambiance is sophisticated.
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