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Hoshi Onsen Chojukan

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650 Nagai, Tone-gun, Minakami-machi 379-1401, Gunma Prefecture
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Stayed here for 2 nights during winter for our honey moon. The Ryokan is secluded and located near the foot of a mountain with a river running through it. The room was large and clean, and service was excellent. There are three onsens, 2 indoor and 1 with combined indoor and outdoor onsens. Dinner and breakfast is served in the... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This is one of those places that is better reviewed by not sharing the details. Sufficient to say that it was one of the most unique experiences we have had travelling around the world. Best to not go with expectations and simply see what it unfolds for yourself. If you are looking for a lot of action, this place will... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Traditional ryokan in a relaxing mountain setting. A must for anyone wanting to experience the traditional ryokan accommodation & onsen experience. The 3 onsens available were all clean and well maintained. One is available for mixed bathing, all have specified times for separate gender bathing so you can experience them all. I saw a few ladies bathing with visible tattoos,... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We were looking for a really traditional Japanese Ryokan / Onsen experience, and we found it. Chojukan place was built in the 1870s, as a place along the Mikunikaido foot-highway for Tokyo folks to come out and relax, and it is gorgeous inside.  It has several large very traditional indoor onsen bathing areas, and one outdoor "rotenburo" all of which... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This a really old building with very nice food and service. There is at least 1 staff who can communicate well in English, so if you do not speak a single word of Japanese, you can still come. On the other hand, this place got osen that both men and women can use together, so this is a very special... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The isolated location and the architecture reminds you of life a hundred years ago. The last stay before you are traversing the mountain pass, by foot. Ideal location for a trek in the beautiful mountain area in late spring to early autumn. However, this is not the standard country inn. Our tatami mat room had a second room with a... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

This has to be my most favorite Onsen ryokan in all of Japan. It is old but very charming. You get to experience what a traditional ryokan is like in Japan. It's surrounded by the mountains, scenery is beautiful in winter. I'm in love with its outdoor onsen, which is so romantic when it snows. Staff speaks v little English... More 

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Hong Kong
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51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I have stayed in more than 25 ryokans in Japan, most of them in the top luxury class range. I would rate Chojukan as one of the highest and best experiences. Getting there is a pain especially when you are taking public transport from Tokyo. There are plenty of transfers, so pack light - you don't want to be lugging... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I stayed at Chojukan Hoshi onsen on 8 Nov 2014 for one night. However, just only one night here would be suffice to assure that this is one of best ryokan and onsen in Japan. The historical building and traditional onsen, including its secluded location, make this place even more charming. You will feel like you have live in a... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Recommended this place by a person who has stayed more than 150 Onsen Ryokan (accommodation with hot spring) in Japan. He ranked this place No.1 out of 150. Very traditional accommodation. Buildings are aged, but in a good way. Protected as a cultural heritage. The 3 onsens (hotsprings) are open almost 24 hours (except cleaning time for about 1 hour).... More 

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