Hōshi Onsen Chōjūkan

Top choice ryokan in Minakami Onsen-kyo

Remote, rustic and supremely photogenic, this lodging is one of Japan's finest onsen ryokan (traditional hot-spring inns), with a stunning 1896 wooden bathhouse. From Gokan Station (two stops before Minakami), take a bus to Sarugakyō (¥730, 40 minutes), then change to an infrequent bus for Hōshi Onsen (¥590, 15 minutes). Otherwise take a taxi (¥3000).

Bathing for nonguests is also available (¥1000, 10.30am to 1.30pm Thursday to Tuesday).