Takaragawa Onsen, located in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture is tucked away in a valley along Takara River. Although the resort has a lone ryokan in the last 80 years, Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku, tucked away in a valley by the Takara River, the village takes pride in having the largest outdoor or open-air bath in Japan that measures more than 330 meters, making it extremely popular with international guests.
To add to its popularity, it has also appeared in various media like magazines, television shows and posters and was also used as a filming location for “Thermae Romae II”, a hit film.
Taking advantage of its remote location, Takaragawa is enshrouded by the lush foliage that takes on different personalities in every season. Guests are invited to relax and unwind in the indoor and outdoor public hot spring baths, one of which is situated along the mountain stream, and, as with its other outdoor baths, harmonizes with nature. There are three communal baths in the establishment and one that’s restricted to only women. The water from the baths is sourced directly from the hot spring, making the outdoor and indoor baths completely natural. Guests who are staying are also welcome to choose from various yukata to wear while they are around.
Tourists and visitors to Takaragawa onsen enjoy a hike amongst the lush environment before taking a dip in the many baths. After this, tourists are invited to dine at Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku restaurant that serves local delicacies that use mountain vegetables, wild boar, bear, and river fish, a specialty being bear soup.
Takaragawa is accessible by taking the train from Tokyo Station to arrive at Jomokogen Station, or via Takasaki Station and transferring to Shim-Maebashi Station, and then to Minakami Station.
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