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Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

My nephew (who lives in Japan) discovered this place accidentally a few years back and apparently he and his friends come here every year. For my first Japan visit which also coincided with my birthday, he booked this place for my birthday. We drove from Yokohama to this Ryokan in what I was told is the Japanese Alps. The hotel is nestled in mountains far from any big town or city. It's right on the banks of fast moving Takaraga stream. There are four hot springs (one reserved for women and the remaining three mixed gender) along the banks of the stream. It was cold (for folks like us who live in warmer tropical climes) at 0C to -3C in the middle of the night. The fall colors were amazing. The steam coming out of the hot springs added to the mysterious atmosphere. We had booked one room for one night for five adults. The room was big enough. The attached toilet and the shower room were separate which I thought was convenient. The shower room was Japanese style with a shower area and a soak tub. The toilet had the usual Japanese extras like a heated seat. It came with separate slippers (red) which you are not supposed to use outside the toilet. The rooms were a bit dated but that wasn't a problem for us. There were additional public bathrooms on each floor. Supplies provided included razors, tooth brush and paste. The closet also had a safe, When we checked in, we got to select a Yukata and an extra jacket (as it was cold). We also needed to leave our shoes in the lobby and wear slippers provided by the hotel. We wore the Yukata and slippers in the room and hotel premises (including the dining room) and the bath areas. While going to the external baths, wooden slippers were provided. We had dinner and a buffet breakfast. There was plenty of food but be warned that if you are not into Japanese food, you may not be able to enjoy all the dishes. The staff in the dining room were polite. While we had dinner, hotel staff prepared our very comfortable Tatami beds in the hotel room. We did not use the indoor baths. We used the outdoor baths (mixed gender) and all of us fell in love with this place. We went for our first dip after dinner and there was no one around and we had the baths to ourselves. The rushing stream cascading down the rocks, a night sky lit up with stars, half a moon and the steaming bath waters worked like magic. The baths were dimly lit adding to the atmosphere. We again took a dip around midnight. Strangely there were more people in the baths at this time than earlier. We rounded up our experience by relaxing in the baths early in the morning with fall colors surrounding us and the warm sun rays piercing through the cool, crisp air. The fact that the three baths are mixed gender is good for couples and families as you can relax with your better half and family members. Women do get to wear a small bathing suit but men only get a small modesty towel to be used while climbing in or out (you are not supposed to put it in the baths). We did get covered parking which was free, This is not a luxury resort. It is a bit rustic and dated. The setting, the scenery, the mixed gender baths are the highlights of this hotel. If we ever get a chance, we will visit this place once again for sure.

Room Tip: Ask for river facing rooms
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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2  Thank Dakku
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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

We stayed at this lovely ryokan for only one night during our trip across Japan. But it was a highlight of the journey, for sure! Even though the ryokan is located in a remote mountain area, it is not too hard to get there. From Tokyo we took the Shinkansen to Jomo-Kogen, which takes about an hour. Then we were picked up by the ryokan's free shuttle bus. The bus ride to Takaragawa Onsen takes about 50 minutes and is very convenient. After you finally arrive at Takaragawa, the only thing you have to do is relax and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. The outdoor onsen next to the mountain stream is simply amazing and particularly beautiful in autumn when all the leaves are turning colourful.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Philipp H
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

1 hour train ride from tokyo and a 40 minute bus to the Hotel/Onsen (free pickup) brings you to this magic place.

The onsens are powered by natural hot springs and special since you can share with your loved ones at the same time.

There is a women only onsen as well. Noticed a fair number of honeymoon couples during my two stay including mother and daughters however not many single people which is a good thing.

Guys get to use a small hand towel to enter the onsen but nothing else so not much room to hide much !! However the women need to wear a brown slip which in some ways probably isnt that fair compared to the guys but understand the need.

Its funny at this onsen was fully nude many years ago looking at the old photos around.

I would prefer if one onsen (there are 3 mixed currently) was fully nude and the other two as in at the moment.

The food was great especially the dinner service.

Great place cant wait to go back one day !

Room Tip: book early to get the rooms overlooking the river
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Aussier0n
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Our stay at Takaragawa was exceptional. The price is steep, but we thought that it was completely worth it. You will not find a more gorgeous rotenburo. Especially in the fall! The colors were truly breathtaking. We spent several hours in the outside baths and left feeling completely rejuvenated after a week in Tokyo.
The pickup from JomoKogen station was prompt and efficient. The check in process was smooth and our room was clean and had everything we needed. The food was pretty good, nothing outstanding, but we enjoyed it. There's mostly only Japanese selections for dinner, but breakfast had Western foods as well (granola, yogurt, eggs, etc).
Would highly recommend this place for an overnight getaway!

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Azure M
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

The main reason for us to stay in this hotel is we wanted to try the outdoor river Onsen.

The room we stayed is in the east building. The condition is dated but acceptable. Only the toilet area was not clean with urine smell. After we settled down in the room, we headed to the river Onsen. This hotel is quite big, we need to cross a bridge and quite a long walk before we reached the women river Onsen. On the way there, we pass by the mixed Onsen, there are both man and woman there. For the woman Onsen is right at the end. The water temperate has been just right, not too hot, we enjoyed our time there.

For the food, both dinner and breakfast are poor, but the black sesame chocolate ball sell in the hotel gift shop is very delicious and highly recommended to give it a try!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Thank CKP02
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