Ryokan in Shima Onsen
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- 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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Fantastic staff really made the difference with our wonderful stay at this traditional Ryokan Onsen. All were so helpful especially with meal service and recommendations. Cant say enough about how...
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お盆に利用しました。標高500mでも暑かったです。 沢渡温泉は木造の宿が多く、昔の湯治場を思い起こさせます。静かで皆親切で温かいです。美味しい蕎麦屋と土産屋と野菜販売所と共同浴場と川のせせらぎと、温泉街に必要なものは揃っています。四万温泉よりも駅から近いのも魅力です。 宮田屋さんのサービスも心のこもったもので、お値段以上と思いました。 申し訳ないくらいでした。 美味しいお料理を個室でゆっくりいただ...
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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