Awanoyu Ryokan

Top choice ryokan in Shirahone Onsen

Awanoyu Ryokan typifies mountain onsen ryokan. Uphill from Shirahone, it has been an inn since 1912 (the current building dates from 1940). Light-filled guest rooms have private facilities. There are also single-sex common baths and konyoku (mixed bathing): the waters are so milky that you can't see below the surface, so don't be shy. Reservations essential.