Among the popular Gumma prefecture famous for having many hot springs, it is particularly popular “Shima-Onsen Hot Springs Resort” (literaly, 40,000 hot springs). It is a hot spring named because it is said to be “a spirit spring that works for 40 thousand diseases”, the atmosphere of the townscape can feel retro emotion. “Shima-Onsen Hot Springs Resort” is located in Nakanojo-cho, Gunma prefecture. It takes about 2 hours from the Ueno station in Tokyo to the new express Kusatsu, Nakanojo station. It is approximately 25 minutes by bus from the station to “Shima-Onsen Hot Springs Resort”. If you go by car, you can go from Tokyo via the Kanetsu Expressway in about 2.5 hours.
“Sekizenkan” (Hot-Spring Hotel), the oldest Japanese-style building in existence today, is located at the “Shima-Onsen Hot Springs Resort”. The atmosphere is as if the world of Studio Ghibli film “Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi” (Spirited Away). Many visitors will be fascinated by the red bridge and the atmosphere full of emotion. This hotel is a remarkable spot that you should visit if you came to “Shima-Onsen Hot Springs Resort”. There you can also stay and enjoy the hot springs, which is also available on a day trip. It is located in the center of “Shima-Onsen Hot Springs Resort”.
You can enjoy various types of hot springs at “Sekizenkan”. In “Genroku no Yu”, bright natural light feels comfortable. There are five stone bathtubs on the tiled floor. It makes you feel the atmosphere of Taisho era, modern construction is attractive. By immersing in a hot spring that will cure 40,000 diseases, your heart and body will be healed. And “Mori no Yu” is an outdoor bath where you can feel a refreshing wind. Shima-Onsen hot water is said to be effective for gastrointestinal diseases. Fountain quality is also so soft that you can take a bath with confidence even when your skin is weak.
The Sekizenkan is the Japanese oldest existing wooden hot-spring ryokan (Hotel) in Gunma, Shima Onsen Town. It is sure that you are attracted by a view of the world as an atmosphere full of the emotion with a spectacle time-slipped to time in the Taisho era. It was built in 1691 and is the Japanese oldest hot-spring ryokan with the history of 320 years. Even today, more than 300 years from its opening, it continues healing the heart of people in all ages.
The Sekizenkan registered as a Cultural Properties Designated by Gunma Prefecture is the rare hot-spring hotel which remains an atmosphere at the time of its establishment. In the times when medicine and cure of illness have not been yet born, it is famous that many sick people went to visit to heal their body.
It is said that the spring quality here works for rheumatism, locomotorium trouble, a wound by taking a bath, and works for a digestive system disease, constipation, hives, obesity by drinking. This is “drinking of hot spring water” and geting an effect that is few in number even across the country.
An entrance of “Genroku no Yu” is the side of the entrances. The door of the entrance is western-style and it makes you feel Taisho-roman which thrived toward the end of the Taisho period. You open this door, there is the large spa right in front of you, and the dressing room and a bathhouse is in the same space.
The one-day bathing service is available, too, you can enter other hot springs as well as the “Genroku no Yu” and a mixed bathing hot springs called the “Iwaburo” (bathtub surrounded by rocks).
|Name:||Sekizenkan (Hot-Spring Hotel)|
|Adresse:||Shima 42376 Agatsumagun Nakanojomachi, Gunma 377-0601 Japan|
|Access:||JR Agatsuma-sen Line “Nakanojo-eki Station” (40 minutes by bus)|
|Price/Charge:||Please check the official site.|