Local Train Station: Jouhana From Tokyo: Take the shinkansen Asahi to Echigoyuzawa station. Then transfer to a JR express train Hakutaka, to Takaoka. Transfer again to the Jouhana line, and get off at Jouhana station. Take a bus from that station toward Gokasan and get off at Kaminashi. Travel Time: Tokyo to Echigoyuzawa, 1 hour 30 minutes. Echigoyuzawa to Takaoka, 2 hr 15 min. Takaoka to Johana, 1 hour. Total travel time approx. 3 hrs 45 min.
Nearby Lodging: Kokumin Shukusya Gokasan-so
Rates start at Y4,200 (without meals). Twenty-two Japanese-style rooms Go to their website (Japanese only)
Rates start at Y7,000 (including breakfast and dinner) Go to their website (Japanese only) Days Closed: None Day Visit Option: Y300 (7:30am 9:00 pm) except Weds. (10:00am 5:00pm) Credit Cards: None accepted
Onsen Specifics: Two indoor bathing rooms (one for men and one for women), two outdoor bathing locations (one for men, one for women). Water Good For: Nervous disorders, fatigue, muscle pain Water Composition: Plain spring water
The hot springs themselves may not be the most exciting attraction here, but the National Heritage A-Frame, high-pitched roofed buildings are among the most unique structures in all Japan.
We recommend taking a dip in the town's central onsen and spending the night in one of the local minshuku (comparable to a bed & breakfast). If you stay at one of the minshukus listed on the left, you'll be staying in one of these unusual buildings.
Staying in a minshuku with a local family can be a fun and unusual experience. Minshuku Yajibei offers meals cooked with local produce and you'll often find grapes from nearby fields on the menu for dessert. The local sake is also available -- sure to make you feel good.
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