Takaragawa Onsen Ōsenkaku

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They hardly come more traditional than this riverside inn split over three buildings, the oldest of which is the riverside 1936 No 1 Annexe. Guests have 24-hour use of adjacent Takaragawa Onsen: early morning bathing gives you the opportunity to experience that sense of real tranquillity that can be hard to grasp during crowded peak times.

Note that the dinner banquet includes bear-meat soup; if you'd prefer not to eat this, ask for no kuma-jiru (熊汁) when reserving. A shuttle service is available.