Ryokan in Gunma
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The Magic of Sekizenkan
- The magic of Sekizenkan has touched a global audience through Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved Ghibli movie Spirited Away. Sekizenkan is a 320-year-old traditional Japanese inn that sits in the Gunma mountains of the town Shima Onsen. The hot springs are so numerous in this area and the waters so rich in minerals that it was once believed they could heal more than 40,000 diseases. This belief is still reflected in the name of the town which literally means the 40,000 Hot Springs. The Magic of Sekizenkan Crossing the iconic red bridge leads to the oldest building of the three that make up the Sekizenkan ryokan. It is the Honkan, or main building, that was built in 1691 and still remains true to its original design. There are 22 rooms in total which come in three different sizes depending on the number of guests. The main building is one of the oldest designated hot spring resorts in Japan, transporting visitors back to the Edo era from its 17th century exterior to the sliding paper doors and tatami mats that greet you inside. Guests can experience first hand what inspires an artist like Hayao Miyazaki. The Magic of Sekizenkan Walking through the mysterious tunnel that connects the main building to the next is another inspiration for a memorable scene from Spirited Away, where the protagonist walks into an enchanted land. Visiting Sekizenkan is also like seeing a new fantastical land. Here there are layers of Japanese history and tradition encapsulated in the timeless practice of bathing. Sekizenkan offers a tour of the bathing house based on the animated movie, where guests can follow the footsteps of the characters in the movie. The Magic of Sekizenkan ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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While travelling in Japan, my husband and I wanted to experience a tradition Japanese Ryokan hotel for a night. Shima Onsen was the perfect choice for us. We were warmly greeted by lovely staff when...
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- 383 Ikaho, Ikahocho, Shibukawa Gunma
The hotel is a great little spot, off the main street, so it is nice and quiet. Its big brother Matsumotoro is just up the hill and has indoor/outdoor baths. Pinon only has indoor. Both hotels...
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This is a very large hotel very close to the town centre. This maybe the largest hotel I have stayed in in Japan. One hundred and seven rooms with plenty of facilties so you do not really get to see...
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- Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima A 3876-1
It wasnt too difficult catching a local bus from Nakanojo to Shima Onsen Yamaguchi bus stop where the Onsen is located, next to a small gorge. It is up in the mountains, where we get crisp clean air...
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My trip to Japan was mainly focusing on hot spring. This hotel is hundreds year old with lots of history. Therefore, you will experience the old and traditional cultures here. The most favorite thing...
Gunma prefecture is synonymous with onsen. Natural hot spring water sources throughout the prefecture have given rise to a series of small onsen towns, each set among luscious mountains. At Kusatsu, Ikaho, and Minakami, traditional indoor and outdoor bathing experiences are served hand in hand with irresistible onsen-themed food, including steam-cooked eggs and custard pudding.
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