This ryokan is a favourite among our guests because it offers an authentic Japanese hot spring experience in the heart of the mountains, with attentive service and delicious food, yet with more privacy than can be found at smaller ryokan.
From central Itoigawa, you will drive along the Himekawa river valley, between the mountains of the Japan Alps, until you reach the hot spring resort in the mountains. The ryokan is on the edge of the village, in a secluded spot overlooking the river. You will be welcomed with Japanese tea and sweets in the lounge, the tables of which are made of slabs of Itoigawa jade!
And if you like, you can also try grilled delicacies cooked over the open hearth, or irori.
And now for the highlight of the stay: the hot spring! First, you will be asked to choose a cotton yukata of the right size. People visiting hot spring resorts commonly wear yukata around their accommodation, to meals, and even when strolling down the street! However, the one thing you must NOT do is put the right-hand edge of the yukata over the top of the left-hand edge: the left-hand edge of the yukata always goes on top, for both men and women.
Once you have your yukata, it’s time to head to the bath!
There are both indoor and outdoor baths here. Soap, shampoo, and other toiletries are provided in the washing area of the indoor bath, which you use before entering the bath itself. You can use either the showers along the walls or the natural spring water which flows into a wooden trough in the bathroom, but make sure to wash off all the soap before getting into the bath.
The ryokan also has three private baths (wood, stone, and ceramic) which you can book for a truly memorable experience.
After a relaxing bath, you can enjoy delicious local seafood for dinner, perhaps accompanied by some of Itoigawa’s famous sake…
After all this, you’re sure to sleep well!