Lodging in the midst of the great nature
The world class large capacity open spa is located on Osenkaku and upstream of Tonaegawa. It follows the stream of Takaraga into the beautiful lodging inside the great nature.
It is a hidden hot spa in Gunma, but traffic of people is endless due to television and magazine advertisements.
 
Main hall suites
Established in 1955 - All built with old pine tree
#1 annex
Established in 1936 - 2nd floor built with wood
East building
Established in 1966 - built with iron and concrete

* Service items, Hand, shower towel(2/ladies), toothbrush, shampoo, rinse, body wash, shaver, comb, shower cap, choices of Yukata, Danjen, dryer
* Check-in 14:00 Check-out 10:00

Facility introduction

Main hall Wooden (All built by old pine tree) 3 floors
1st floor 6 guest suites(6 with washrooms)
2nd floor 5 guest suites(5 with washrooms)
3rd floor 5 guest suites(5 with washrooms)
All suites with living-room heating system

#1 annex wooden 2 storey building
1st floor 3 guest suites
2nd floor 3 guest suites
All suites with living-room heating system

East building iron/concrete 5 storey building
1st floor - 4 banquet halls
2 large shower rooms(man1 woman1)morning hall
2nd floor - 6 guest suites
(5 suites with bath tub, 1 suite with washroom)
3rd floor front lobby
1 guest suite(room with washroom)free spot
4th floor 8 guest suites(all suites with washrooms)
5th floor 6 guest suites(all suites with washrooms)
Banquet hall

Old building wooden
Kitchen Chikutei

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Large capacity open
spa
The world class large capacity open spa is located on Osenkaku and upstream of Tonaegawa. It follows the stream of Takaraga into the beautiful lodging inside the great nature.
It is a hidden hot spa in Gunma, but traffic of people is endless due to television and magazine advertisements.
Maka bath (Both gender bath)

Most famous hot open spa in Takaraga with capacity of 120 tatami and its being largely used in TV programs, magazines and posters. Established in 1940, it is referred to as ‘Yokozuna’ open spa of Eastern Japan becoming the example of hot open spa in other Japanese regions. It became a even better open spa after its renovation in 2004.
Maka displays 4 seasons in diversified views and red leaves in autumn surprises those that visit.
Maka spa stood against disaster twice keeping the Takaraga spa sign as it is.

Hannya bath (Both gender bath)

It’s located in the downstream of river with Maka bath change room in between and the size is about half of maka bath providing cozy and elegant atmosphere with 50 tatami open spa. Children are safe to enter as the half of the bath is shallow. In addition, it is possible to communicate with the people not entering the bath as it is possible to walk around the surroundings.

Kodakara bath (Both gender bath)

It is spacious! Approximately 200 tatami!
Kodakara bath is located across the river from Hannya bath. It has been the largest size in Takaraga hot spa, but with the most recent renovation, its capacity increased by approximately twice reaching 330 sqm, which is about 200 tatami. Although there was a purpose to be in the Guinness Book for its size, the great location states that size is not all. The name Kodakara bath comes from means to take children preciously, but as Buddhist words are common in Takaraga spa, it sort of provides unfamiliarity.
Many opinionated response mails related to children are received because of the name Kodakara and appreciatively, there are people that named their children related to our spa. It may be so that hot spa warms wives and treats them to bear child.

Maya bath (Women bath)

Maya bath has been established in 1970 to respond to opinions that suggested of open spa women could freely enter.
It is not necessary to fence the surrounding because of its locaton in the bottom stream of Takaraga spa. You may enjoy liberated open spa within the capacity of 100 tatami. In addition, recent repair of restacking the rocks established outstanding open spa comparably not any less than Maka bath.
It is magnificently completed with change rooms made of old pine trees and heating system in the washroom and living-room.

It is confident to state as the best women hot open spa in the continent of Japan.

Super size bath

It is the large rock that comes into sight once you enter the super size bath in Osenkaku. It has been kept in its original position to become the symbol of the super size bath as construction avoided harming its state. In addition, improvement construction placed Buddo Myou, Yakushi Buddha statue.
You will be astonished of the steam that comes out of the super size bath in Osenkaku.
As the natural hot spa is left to consistently flow, recent trend is for motels to circulate the hot spa, but it’s because Osenkaku possesses abundant amount of hot spring water.


Men's bath

Women's bath
Bath outline - effect & quality of hot spa
Open hot spa
Maka bath
(Both gender bath)
* Newly established on July of 2004
* 120 tatami capacity 24hr bath available Water dropping bath(Restricted in the winter)
* Capacity : 100 people
* Natural hot spa flowing from the origin
* No additive water * No additional heat
* No circulation filtering * No bath supportive
* No chemical
Hannya bath
(Both gender bath)
* 50 tatami capacity 24hr bath available
* Capacity : 40 people
* Natural hot spa flowing from the origin
* No additive water * No additional heat
* No circulation filtering * No bath supportive
* No chemical
Kodakara bath
(Both gender bath)
* 200 tatami capacity 24hr bath available
* Capacity : 200 people
* Natural hot spa flowing from the origin
* No additive water * No additional heat
* No circulation filtering * No bath supportive
* No chemical
Maya bath
(Women bath)
* 100 tatami capacity 24hr bath available
* Capacity : 100 people
* Natural hot spa flowing from the origin
* No additive water * No additional heat
* No circulation filtering * No bath supportive
* No chemical
Other

* All change rooms use clean stones and floor heating system. 
* Hot open spa proceeds cleaning once a week.
* It takes about 3 hours to clean and fill up with hot water because of its size. Thank you for your understanding.
* All inside the garden follows the Takaragawa stream Approx. 100m downstream from the building
* It is prohibited to wear bathing suit or drink inside the hot open and super size spa
* Reserve not available
* women can enter with towels on.
* Takaragawa river may suddenly flood. Please avoid entering the river as it is extremely dangerous.

Super size bath

Men's bath * 24hr bath available
* Capacity : 20 people
* Natural hot spa flowing from the origin
* No additive water * No additional heat
* No circulation filtering * No bath supportive
* No chemical
Women's bath
* 24hr bath available
* Capacity : 20 people
* Natural hot spa flowing from the origin
* No additive water * No additional heat
* No circulation filtering * No bath supportive
* No chemical

Eeffect & quality of hot spa

Quality of hot spa

Simple hot spa

Effect

* Neuralgia rheumatism
* Hemorrhoids
* Stress recovery after an external wound
* Exercise function handicap
* arthritis
* Muscular pain
* Stiff shoulder
* digestive organs
* Neuralgia
* Bruise
* coldness
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Barbecue food

As Osenkaku is surrounded by mountains, it is not sufficient in sea food, but it is blessed with food from the nature of mountain such as mushrooms and freshwater fish. Please enjoy the carefully selected food from many selections.
It is composed of barbecue food of dish prepared from wild, mushrooms and freshwater fish depending on the seasons.

[Dining location]
Dinner : room
Breakfast : Breakfast banquet hall
* Barbecue is available for breakfast and it may be Japanese or western.
* Meal plan is available in private kitchen [Chikutei].

Bear soup

The region Minakami-machi Hujiwara is referred to as home of fled soldiers, but it is said that people resided from the days of Yayoi. Crops are not sufficient as it is mountain region, but they gathered food from hunting deer, rabbit and bear. Of all the animals, it is said that bears are extremely nutritious because they save nutrition in their organs for hibernation in the winter.
The base of [Bear soup] comes from the old fairy tale by local old folks applying unique ingredients. Please have a taste!

Private kitchen Chikutei

It is a private kitchen holding approximately 56 people after store in the old building had been established. It is a new menu with food prepared by barbecue. It is a private kitchen with the theme of bamboo trees in a forest. There are seats available for 2-4 people, 6 people and 10-12 people. Please make a reservation if you wish to dine at [Chikutei].

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Legend

Takaragawa is the generation of folk story. When Yamato Takerunomikoto was on his Gunmarney to conquer the nation in the east, he visited this region and went up to Hotakayama where he got sick. During his suffering, he sighted a hawk in the lower part of the land where he walked to. He spotted a hot spa and placed his body in it. It is said that his sickness was completely treated and he was able to continue the Gunmarney. For this reason, Takaragawa Onsen was referred to as [Bath of white hawk] in the old days.

History

It is uncertain historically as to when Takaragawa became a hot spot. However, evidence of ancient people [Jomonjin] proves that it’s been used from those ages. Jomon’s remains are actually found near Kusatsu hot spa as well, but it would not have been a great place for residence in the old days considering its geographic location and altitude above sea level. We could easily think that hot spa must have been an importance place for ancient people from locating their remains and ruins near the hot spa. It probably was difficult to heat the water and nearly impossible to make your entire body warm without the hot spa.
Hot spa is an effective application to treat diseases even for modern people and it must have been precious for the ancient people as well. We could spot monkeys with the learning abilities in the hot spa bath at times and such view overlaps with the ancient people.

Origin of name

The name of Takaragawa Onsen is originated from first-class river separated from the inn. Takaragawa means ‘river acquiring treasure’ and it’s being mined since the beginning of the showa age. It is assumed that it has been mined even before Edo age.

In the recent years

Takaragawa Onsen found its current shape in the Taisyou age when people visited hot spa bath to cure their diseases and accommodation facilities began to be established. However, traffic was bad at the time and only visit was available through roads from Mimakami. Only industry at the time was forestry and truck transporting the woods was the only transportation method. The modern development came near the end of 20 years in the Syowa age when series of dam construction began bringing in electricity through the constructed roads. The main hall was established after 2 years of major construction in 1955 forming the hot spa inn followed by supplementary facilities.

View of Takaragawa Onsen in the latter part of 30 years in the syowa age
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Directions from Narita airport

Narita airport station-JR Narita Express [Approx. 60min] - Tokyo station - Joetsusankansen [Approx. 75min] - joumou kougen Station - Bus towards Minakami station [Approx. 25 min] - Minakami Station [Transfer] - Bus towards Takaragawa Onsen [Approx. 35min] Final stop [Takaragawa Onsen] Get off or bus towards Koya [Approx. 30 min] [Takaragawa Iriguchi] get off.
* Please use shuttle bus from the entrance of Takaragawa.

Directions by train

There is a free courtesy car from JR Minakami Station. A reservation is required.

Arrival
Leave Jomokogen Station at 14:30.
Leave Minakami Station at 15:00,and arrive at Takaragawa Onsen at 15:30.


Departure
Leave Takaragawa Onsen at 9:40, and arrive at Minakami Station at 10:10.
From December on winter season,leave Takaragawa Onsen at 9:30, and arrive at Minakami Station at 10:00 , at Jomokogen Station around 10:30.
When you want to be picked up , please make a reservation.
If the bus is full , we can not take your reservation.
Please telephone to the following number to make a reservation or inquiry.
0278-75-2121 (From 8:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m)

There is a regular bus from Jomokogen Station.
The bus takes 25 minutes to go from Jomokogen Station to Minakami station. The charge is 620 yen.
*You will need to change buses at Minakami Station to go to the Takaragawa Onsen.

There is a regular bus from Minakami Station.
If you leave Minakami Station by bus , you will arrive at Takaragawa Onsen in 35 minutes. The cost is 1,150 yen.
A different bus leaves Minakami Station and arrives at the Takaragawa Iriguchi. It takes 30 minutes and the cost is 1,050 yen.
(Please take our courtesy car from the Takaragawa Iriguchi)

We will welcome you by our courtesy car at the Takaragawa Iriguchi.

Directions by car

Get on Kanetsu Street
From Tokyo side - From [Nerima I.C] to [Minakami I.C]
Approx. 90 min
From Niigata side - From [Niigata I.C] to [Minakami I.C]
Approx. 90 min
From [Minakami I.C] to Takaragawa Onsen 18 Km,
Approx. 30 min

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Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku
Zip:379-1721 Gunma Tone-gun Minakami-machi Hujiwara 1899
TEL [Rep.]0278-75-2611 [Res.]0278-75-2121
FAX 0278-75-2038
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