This 100-Year-Old Hot Spring Hotel in Japan Is the Perfect Relaxing Getaway

Treat yourself!

Kashiwaya Honten
Bessho Onsen 1654, Ueda-shi, Nagano Prefecture
Contact: +81-268-38-3011 
Check-in is at 3 p.m.; check-out is at 12 p.m.
No admittance for kids under 12 years old.

Kashiwaya Honten Hotel at Bessho Onsen has an illustrious hundred-year history. Many members of the literati and royal families have stayed there, and for ¥25,000 per person in a room for two, you, too, can bask in its legacy. 

Located next to 
Kitamuki-kannon, which is a part of Tendai sect Jorakuji, one of the ancient temples in Shinshu (the traditional name for Nagano Prefecture), you’ll hear the temple’s bell, which rings in the morning and evening.

Kashiwaya Honten has three kinds of hot springs and two baths for each. 

Visitors are recommended to first stretch their body relaxingly at the 
Iwanoyu, which is the biggest rock indoor bath and cypress open-air bath at the hotel. They can then be embraced by the gentle scent of trees at the Yuyujitekinoyu, which has two all-cypress indoor baths. Private bath Jorakunoyu is perfect for families with its open-air hot spring and cypress bath. Males and females use the Iwanoyu and Yuyujitekinoyu alternately, depending on the time slot.

Heal your fatigue in the spring that overflows through the rocks at the rock indoor bath.

The open ceiling space is all cypress, filling the Yuyujitekinoyu with the scent of trees.

There are two buildings in the area: the main building called Kashiwawatei and the annex building Shikitei. These buildings altogether contain a total of 15 guest rooms.

Eating at the private dining room is also a pleasure. The meals make use of a lot of local seasonal ingredients, such as Shinshu Japanese beef from apple-fed cattle and Shinshu salmon, which are thick and fat.

You can really enjoy the taste of Shinshu for four seasons.

You can feel the historical air surrounding the lobby when you enter the entrance.

Enjoy seasonal scenes at the very Japanese style room.

Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kyushu Walker™ (19 May 2018)

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