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650 Nagai, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun 379-1401 Gunma Prefecture
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#2 of 99 hotels in Minakami-machi
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Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travelers visiting Minakami-machi, Hoshi Onsen Chojukan is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation.

Rooms at Chojukan Hotel provide a refrigerator and air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with internet access.

In addition, while staying at Chojukan Hotel guests have access to baggage storage. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Chojukan Hotel.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than Yubara Onsen Park, which is a popular Minakami-machi park – and it is conveniently located a short distance from the onsen ryokan.

Hoshi Onsen Chojukan is sure to make your visit to Minakami-machi one worth remembering.

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Yutaro Ehara wrote a review Dec 2019
Ota, Japan30 contributions2 helpful votes
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This "onsen" was one of my bucket list long time. There is located in the deep of the mountains, near the prefectural border of Gunma and Niigata. I drove a car from Echigo-Yuzawa in Niigata pref. After passing the border, you will find a junction which is connected with the destination. 10 minutes later, I could see an anciant ryokan, "Choju-kan" in the end of the road. The "Choju-kan" has been established in Meiji-era, more than 100 years ago. The famous Literary giants were staying there for their writeing work. There are 3 onsen in the "Choju-kan". Oldest one is an old fashion, "konyoku", mixed bathing style. These onsen are also served to the "one day guest" but the timing is only limited the mixed style. However for the staying guest is able to use for limited time for 2 hours female only timing in the night time. Another onsen are switching between male and female depends on the timing. Some of room is not equiped the private rest room however all the guest can enjoy and feel the anciant atmosphie of Japan. I strongly recommend this "Choju-kan"!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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VincentePaulo wrote a review May 2018
Zurich, Switzerland762 contributions258 helpful votes
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It is a wonderful Japanese ryokan with one of the old original hot springs in Japan. In fact this place is geographically not so far from Tokyo but it is not easy to get to. As you know Japan is heavily industrialized and one of the most densely populated countries in the world. But as 70% of the land is covered in deep forest, you will have to be prepared to have a bit of adventure. We took a Shinkansen line (12:40) from Tokyo Central to Jomo Kogen Station and then took a local Kanetsu bus (14:52) No. 3 to Sarugakyo, from where we took another small local bus (15:35) to Hoshi Onsen. There is only one ryokan in this deep mountain area in Gunma Pref. As soon as we arrived we noticed that there was a warning that some bears had been sighted recently. We were greeted by friendly ryokan people and first invited to tea at an old fashion Japanese fireplace, called irori. After that we were taken to our room through corridors and stairs. The entire building is well kept although most of the sections were built at the beginning of 20th century. The breakfast and dinner were so fantastic and generous that we skipped our lunches. (it is recommended that you reserve your room with full pension because there are no other places in this part of the mountain). The bath halls are very nostalgic and beautiful. The main bath hall is old and its wooden building was built directly on the hot spring itself. There are two other bath halls built later, which are also nice and relaxing. I would not say it is the most comfortable hotel, however, modernization is slowly reaching this mountain place as well and you should visit this place now than later if you want to experience a real Japanese Onsen ryokan.
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Date of stay: April 2018
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jda180 wrote a review Sep 2017
Weybridge, United Kingdom159 contributions55 helpful votes
My brother in law has been talking about this place for years. He lived and worked in Gunma im the nineties learning Japanese and building log houses. He'd always said he wanted to return to stay at this Onsen when he could afford to do so. Therefore we joined him on a holiday to Japan that included a few nights at this hotel. It was an amazing experience - such a tranquil place high up the valley with hardly any nods to modernity. The rooms were simple but comfortable, the food was a daily exploration of tradional Japanese menu. And of course the baths were hot and relaxing. Make sure you're not expecting a Marriott! It is a totally different experience and very Japanese - so different to anything we'd experienced in the west. It probably helped to have a guide to help set our expectation and to advise on local customs and culture. We'd love to come back again one day.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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newtokyoite wrote a review Jan 2017
Ross, California12 contributions11 helpful votes
Out in the middle of the Gunma nowhere, at the end of a road that with snow can be treacherous, this rustic wooden spa is not for older folks who can't sleep and sit on the floor or who have dietary restrictions. The rooms are unpretentious but overlook the simple gardens and forested hills and other wooden buildings dating from what looks like the Taisho era,. There are several baths but all are in varying states of wood and if you are squeamish about cleanliness you may find the discoloring both attractive yet disturbing. The baths and wooden buildings are evidently continually maintained, so the architecture looks original. You get endless servings of tiny twiddlybits of unidentifiable Japanese dishes on cute little dish ware, for both dinner and breakfast. Breakfast was plentiful in variety but not for western guests who need coffee, toast and eggs to start the day. Service is traditional Japanese inn style, conventionally gracious but confining, and if you intend to take a nap, it gets problematic as futons have to be laid down, dressed and after napping returned to storage. Flexibility is not a characteristic at such places. Mixed gender bathing hours are in effect at all the baths and done with effortless discretion so it's not uncomfortable if your are reasonably versatile with your washcloth. There is nothing new here, which is the appeal if you are pleased by ample rusticity. Try to go off season when there are no crowds; we were there after New Years and it was quiet and serene. Cost for double occupancy with dinner and breakfast was around ¥47,000 per night.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Tomioka137 wrote a review Dec 2016
Tokyo, Japan2 contributions1 helpful vote
Very beautiful old traditional buildings . The rooms we had ( 2 deluxe ) were spacious and comfortable - if you like sleeping on futons which we did . We drove there . It was an easy drive from Tokyo but a bit of a worry as no snow tyres and it was starting to snow as we left but we made it no problem. Location is in the countryside and there is not a lot to do except enjoy the experience. Three onsens , tried and loved them all .The biggest and most beautiful onsen is mixed but has some allocated hours for women only ( only men seemed to be using it so possibly not so comfortable for ladies to enter during the mixed times ) . During the later evening no one seemed to be using it . Outdoor onsen is great. Staff friendly and kind . Food was very good but not fantastic . Would go back especially in autumn or spring as I am sure it would be lovely in other seasons .
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Date of stay: December 2016
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RobM1704 wrote a review Nov 2016
Orange, Australia4 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed two nights, soaked in the traditional wooden onsen, watched snow falling across the cedars and ate superb food. Smooth and unobtrusive service, lovely old building, just enough modern conveniences. We love you Hoshi Onsen!
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Date of stay: November 2016
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EccentricDrill wrote a review Nov 2016
126 contributions73 helpful votes
This place is as traditional as you can get in this modern world. for that, many things were forgiven and was all taken as good authentic experience. getting there: my experience was to take the kanto wide pass with shinkansen stopping at takasaki. rented a car and took a slow leisurely drive and stopped along many distractions along the way - whatever pops up on google maps. the gps with the rental car worked best with post-codes and telephone numbers. she spoke english. by driving, you're not at the mercy of the limited transport to and fro. to top it off, after returning the car, i made a side trip to karuizawa.
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Date of stay: October 2016
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Vanc0uver21 wrote a review Nov 2016
68 contributions52 helpful votes
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I visited Chojukan in September with my family. It was an amazing! I just loved it!!! This hot spring is very hidden, only one way to get to this place. Building is beautiful old Japanese style and well kept. Room was big, 4 of us fit in one room and it was spotless. Dinner and breakfast was delicious. I loved how everything was detailed and tasteful. The best part was hot spring. There are 3 kind of hot spring in this ryokan. I loved one it had outside space and wide window. Hot spring itself was clear and good temperature. If you want to experience traditional Japanese style hot spring, I recommend it a lot. I would say a night stay will be good, just there are nothing but nature in this area. It is not the cheapest hotel you can find, but it worth it if you want to relax.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Sunnybunnylondon wrote a review Oct 2016
London, United Kingdom57 contributions37 helpful votes
Hoshi Onsen is a beautiful and secluded ryokan within easy reach of Tokyo. Take the Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Jomo Kogen station (1h) where you can take a taxi to Hoshi Onsen (30min). The taxi is about ¥8,000 but definitely worth it. The ryokan is beautiful, traditional and clean and the sleeping arrangements are not that uncomfortable for one or two nights. Japanese visitors (we didn't see any Western visitors) seem to only stay for a day (there is not that much to do). For room recommendations - be specific about wanting river view and top floor. We had a river view which was lovely, but the noise from the room above (door sliding, foot steps) woke us up very early each morning. Dinner and breakfast are Japanese and very generous. Lunch can also be ordered as an extra. There is also an ice cream vending machine if you have a craving after all the healthy food... For the Onsen - there are three different baths with different time slots for woman/men/mixed. Only two of the Onsen have washing facilities and these are women only from 7am to 10am, meaning that men have to get up at 6:30 to wash before check-out. It would be helpful if the morning schedule was adjusted accordingly.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Matthew Mars wrote a review Aug 2016
Berlin, Germany61 contributions13 helpful votes
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We visited this ryokan in January as part of a week trip to Japan. I was here with a friend and we stayed one night. Firstly, getting here requires quite a bit of traveling. You would have to take the shinkansen to jomo kōgen and then transfer to a bus service, twice. One to sarugakyo and another to hoshi onsen. Total traveling time takes about 2 hours depending on where you take the shinkansen. You can get information at jomo kogen train station. Note that bus services are limited so plan your journey well. This onsen is up in the mountains and is truly beautiful. It was snowing when we were in Japan so that made our stay even more special. The melting ice, the snow covered architecture. Everything was picturesque. Service was fabulous and warm. Truly Japanese hospitality at its finest. The food was fresh and delicious. Rooms were big and the fixtures in the bathrooms were all modern and worked really well, given that this is a REALLY old ryokan. The onsen of course, had to be the highlight of our trip. They have three different onsens and each provided a different atmosphere. At specific times of the day, the onsens are open only to a specific gender. They also have mixed gender timings as well. One thing that I truly loved was the outdoor onsen, which you definitely need to try. I guess my only disappointment was that they provided traditional Japanese pillows which I believe were filled with some kind of grain or bean. I could not sleep on them but that's just me, noting that this IS a traditional ryokan. If I'm ever in Japan again, I would be sure to visit this place again.
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Traveled with friends
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$272 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
JapanKantoGunma PrefectureTone-gunMinakami-machi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
35
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hoshi Onsen Chojukan
Which popular attractions are close to Hoshi Onsen Chojukan?
Nearby attractions include Okushima Lake (4.1 miles), Naeba Ski Resort (4.6 miles), and Hinatami Yakushido (4.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hoshi Onsen Chojukan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, internet access, and breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Hoshi Onsen Chojukan?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Hoshi Onsen Chojukan?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hoshi Onsen Chojukan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Take, Aneyama No Ka, and Shika Nozoki No Yutsuruya.
Are there any historical sites close to Hoshi Onsen Chojukan?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tomizawa Family Residence (5.8 miles) and 稲裏神社 (5.6 miles).
Does Hoshi Onsen Chojukan have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.