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Shima Onsen, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun 377-0601 Gunma Prefecture
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The Sekizenkan Ryokan (Japanese-Style Inn) consists of the Main Building, the Sanso Building and Kashotei. Built in 1691, the Main Building is known as the oldest hot spring hotel in Japan. Built in 1936, the Sanso Building was created using the essence of techniques of master builders of the time, with the fixtures in each room containing delicate workmanship, helping to make this a building beloved by politicians and prominent authors. The Kashotei is a traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) located in deep pine forest. Located on the highest point of the hotel grounds, this is the hotel’s newest building, and allows guests to experience beautiful scenery and comfortable stays. Due their history and architectural design, the Main Building, the Sanso Building, and the Genroku no Yu hot spring baths have been designated as cultural assets.
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Eveliina L wrote a review Aug 2020
Toulouse, France7 contributions
For our first onsen stay we chose Sekizenkan (intrigued because it is the oldest in Japan and also a source of inspiration for Spirited Away). Earlier in our trip we had stayed in Kioto and in Tokyo so a stop in Gunma mountains was a great getaway from the city. Worth the 3 hours of transport from Tokyo. We stayed in the main building, japanese style room (futons that one rolls out themselves), shared bathroom and toilets. We enjoyed all the amazing baths and delicious meals... Meals were served in a common dining room. Traditional, historical atmosphere, calm. Friendly and helpful English speaking staff. Everything is very clean. I would like to go back and stay longer!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Boris S wrote a review Jul 2020
Yokohama, Japan138 contributions37 helpful votes
We walked from the main entrance and they told us and as we are not guests from the hotel we need to walk from the top all the way around (a good 15 min on foot). I don’t mind walking as the weather was good but if was raining I would be highly disappointed. Any how we learned that the 5th floor open bath was only for hotel guests, we could use just the 1st floor bath and the mixed bath. The Roman style bath was OK but the mixed one was simply put nasty. Considering that we paid 1500 yen for it each i thought it first and last time for me. It is a shame that such a landmark is so poorly looked after and dirty.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
flowerpotbee wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore96 contributions71 helpful votes
This was my 3rd visit to the Onsen. I enjoyed the meals truly, always full of surprises. I like the hot spring itself especially the outdoor Onsen. The staffs were friendly and made me feel welcomed. One shortfall was the booking service. I have emailed the Onsen while was still in my home country and it took a long time for them to reply despite requests for update. I recalled the same situation in my 2nd visit, making it difficult to purchase air ticket to Japan and plan the itinerary.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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flowerpotbee wrote a review Jan 2019
Singapore, Singapore96 contributions71 helpful votes
My second visit... still my favourite... clean and comfortable room... enjoyed my sleep on the futon... dinner was served in the room... great breakfast and dinner... the onsen were never crowded... the staffs though have difficulty communicating in English, they tried their best to understand the guests’ needs... they used a translation app on their smartphone to help in communication. I will return.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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kiantrip2018 wrote a review Oct 2018
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution4 helpful votes
I was given a wrong room based on wrong description in their listing (no toilet, bathroom, balcony, and in a different older building than described). They agreed to this error and let me change hotels, agreeing to cancellation/refund. After my Japan trip, they went back on their word and charged me anyway for my non-existent stay, despite that all this was because of their own error in room description. One of the staff I dealt with was Takumi Okada. Be careful dealing with them and make sure you make them sign upon every word in detail (yea, seriously), or you may get scammed. Regret that this has to happen for such an otherwise famous onsen.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
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JapanKantoGunma PrefectureAgatsuma-gunNakanojo-machiShima Onsen / Kusatsu Onsen
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sekizenkan
Which popular attractions are close to Sekizenkan?
Nearby attractions include Shio no Yu Insenjo (0.01 miles), Yanagiya (0.08 miles), and Yuzuriha Mori no Ashiyu Insenjo (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sekizenkan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and room service.
Which room amenities are available at Sekizenkan?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Sekizenkan?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Sekizenkan?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sekizenkan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shimaonsen Kashiwaya Cafe, Nakajimaya, and Teuchi Soba Komatsuya.
Are there any historical sites close to Sekizenkan?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tomizawa Family Residence (4.8 miles).