Here Are Luxurious Hot Springs in Gunma Prefecture Where You Can Relax This Autumn Season
Imagine your view while you soak in the open-air bath.
The true charm of Japan’s autumn season is bathing in the hot springs after enjoying the autumn leaves. It is very comfortable to soak in the open-air bath while looking at the autumn leaves from afar. We are introducing four hot springs in Gunma Prefecture where you can have a luxurious time.
One will surely be surprised by the open-air bath using mountain stream with the shoji door and an alcove.
Enjoy the interior design resembling a retro town during the Showa period. You can get in the open-air bath without even having to stay at the ryokan. They have the “Odaimoku open-air bath,” which has an engraving of “Namu Myoho Renge Kyo” (a chant of Japanese Nichiren Buddhism). They also have the “Mountain Stream Open-air Shima River bath” where one can enjoy looking at the autumn leaves while bathing.
For one-day visitors, the baths are fixed with “Namu Myoho Renge Kyo bath” for women and “Mountain Stream Open-air Shima River bath” for men. Both are good locations for enjoying nature.
Shima Yamaguchikan is located at 3876-1 Shimakabuto, Nakanojo, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture and is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily for one-day bathing. The fee is ¥1,000 for adults. Visit from October 20 (Sunday) to November 10 (Sunday).
Enjoy the dynamic scenery of autumn leaves in the big outdoor bath
This facility has an open-air bath that boasts an area of 500 square meters for both men and women in a park with a hot spring river. The separate baths for men and women are surrounded by rocks and are as wide as a pool. The autumn leaves you can see from the area are spectacular. It is a facility where you can enjoy the rich nature. Be warned though that they have no resting space nor restaurant. It would probably be best to bring towels with you.
Sainokawara Rotenburo is located at 521-3 Kusatsu, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The fee is ¥900 for adults. Visit around mid-October to early November.
Yu Terume Tanigawa
A natural hot spring where you can enjoy the clear stream and autumn leaves
A dynamic open-air bath facility, which combines stones. You can take a bath while looking at the autumn leaves up close while the clear streams of the Tanigawa river gushes right beside you. The indoor bath has large windows and is expansive. There are three springs with different spring qualities and temperatures, so if you want, you can go from one to another to enjoy each of them individually.
Yu Terume Tanigawa is located at 514-12 Tanigawa, Minakami, Tone District, Gunma Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. except on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Opens from 9 a.m. from July to October. The fee is ¥570 for adults (Maximum stay of two hours). Visit around late October to early November.
Myogi Fureai Plaza Momijinoyu
Autumn leaves in the mountains from the open-air bath
The Kanto Plain spreads out behind Mt. Myogi and you can enjoy a wonderful view. The mountain scenery is especially outstanding, with a panoramic view of Mt. Myogi from the open-air bath in the west and Mt. Akagi and Mt. Haruna from the east. It is a great location where you can bathe in the open-air bath and watch the autumn leaves.
Myogi Fureai Plaza Momijinoyu is located at 1-1 Myogi, Myogisan, Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except on Mondays (following day if Japanese holiday). The fee is ¥510 (Maximum stay of three hours). Visit mid-November to late November.
From mid-October, there will be spots where you can both enjoy autumn leaves and hot springs together. After enjoying the autumn leaves, how about dipping in the warm hot springs to soothe your fatigue? Sounds like a plan to us.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (12 September 2019)