“Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku Hot Spring” was used as a film location for movies and was ranked first in the top 10 Japanese hot springs in the world famous guidebook. Thanks to that, it is a hot spring that is very popular with foreign tourists.
Minakami Town, Gunma Prefecture. “Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku Hot Spring” is a secret hot spring inn in the middle of nature, about 30 minutes from Kanetsu Expressway Minakami IC. This place is ranked 1st in the “Top 10 Hot Springs in Japan” selected by Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide, and 6th in the “10 Hot Springs of the World” distributed by Reuters.
Takarakawa Onsen was discovered around the 4th century, in the days of Yamato Takeru no Mikoto (a prince of Emperor Keiko, a hero in ancient Japan). As a hot spring place, the current style became the Taisho era.
Osenkaku, which houses an inn at the source of the Tone River, has an area of approximately 100,000 square meters. All four open-air baths along the Takaragawa clear stream are about 900 square meters. There are about 370 square meters for large ones and about 100 square meters for small ones. The size of the open-air bath is the largest in Japan. It’s a huge scale that might be confused as to where the open-air bath is and where the river is.
Takaragawa Onsen has 8 onsen tubs, 3 mixed baths, 1 women-only bath, and 2 men’s and women’s indoor baths. Above all, it is mainly mixed outdoor bath. The spring quality is simple hot spring. There are 4 springs, and a hot spring of about 1800 liters per minute (4 drums) is coming out.
When you say mixed bathing, you might be a little jealous, but at this hot spring, you are basically asked to take a bath with a bath towel or wear a bathing suit. So you can easily enjoy the hot springs even in mixed bathing.
The largest mixed bathing outdoor bath “Kodakara no Yu” attracts many people with its superb view of the seasons and a magnificent outdoor bath that cannot be experienced anywhere else. Since “Kodakara no Yu” is bordering the riverbank, you can enjoy a sense of unity with the dynamic mountain stream in front of you.
The quality of the spring is a simple hot spring that has no habit and is open to all. The women’s open-air baths called “Kodakara no Yu” and “Maya no Yu” are natural hot springs that flow from the source, but are hot during the summer due to the high temperature of the source.
The largest open-air bath in Japan, where you can enjoy a magnificent view no matter what season you visit and feel the unity with the dynamic mountain stream in front of you. Why don’t you go to Takaragawa Onsen for an experience you can’t taste elsewhere?
In Gumma, the hot-spring village called “the Gumma 4 major hot springs” is located. This Takaragawa Onsen hot spring, which is in the one Minakami hot-spring village surrounded by rich nature, is an only one hotel on the mountain. As the name suggests, it originates in Takaragawa river which flows through the inside of the site.
Although there is no historical fact which clarified, there is the legend that YAMATO Takeru no Mikoto (a hero in ancient Japan) cured the illness in this ground in his journey of conquest of the eastern country.
The pride of the Takaragawa Onsen hot spring is a large open-air bath of the riverbank which was united with rich nature. There are three hot springs of the mixed bathing, and one women-only hot spring on both sides across Takaragawa river. Such a large open-air bath cannot be made without abundant quantity of hot water. There is the four fountainhead of the Takaragawa Onsen hot spring. It is said that 1,800 liters per minute (4 drums) of hot water gush out from underground.
The foundation of the “Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku” which is the one-house inn of the hot-spring village of Takaragawa river is Taisho in 1923. This surrounding area is crowded with the workers related with dam construction etc. in 1950, the local person was a main user of the hot spring those days. It has been overtaken by magazines, and it was the late 1960s that many people came from the outside area.
The reason why a lot of foreign tourists come here is the charm that the large open-air bath which spreads in along a mountain stream. The reason that was chosen as the first place of “the Japan’s top 10 hot springs” by the world’s largest tourist guidebook “Lonely Planet” is the charm which the hot spring has open space united with nature, and the generous charm of mixed bathing. In recent years, it was chosen as the “ten major hot springs in the world” by the foreign journalist of Reuters. The popularity just increases.
It is thought that it is not only soaked in a hot spring, but there is an effect in a hot-spring cure further by drinking hot spring water. As for drinking hot spring water directly taken into the inside of the body, since the stimulation is strong, about one cup of glass is a standard. Please taste a fresh hot spring.
|Name:||Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku Hot Spring|
|Address:||Fujiwara 1899 Tonegun Minakamimachi, Gunma 379-1721 Japan|
|Access:||JR Joetsu-sen Line “Minakami-eki Station” (25 minutes by car)|
|Price:||Day trip hot spring|
1,500 yen (Adult)
1,000 yen (Elementary School Students)
Free (Preschool Children)
Please refer to official site.