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Anyone ever been to Suimeikan Karukaya Onsen?

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Anyone ever been to Suimeikan Karukaya Onsen?

Has anybody ever been here or knows about it? The webpage does not say how long it takes to get there from Takayama or what forms of transport you can use to get there? I want to spend a day there when we are in takayama on the 29th and 30th Dec but if its going to take too long to get there by bus or train then I wont bother. The huge open outdoor spa looks kool and the main thing is its mixed bathing so me and my partner can enjoy it 2gether. Can somebody please help me with info about this place mainly travelling times from takayama. Thanx!

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1. Re: Anyone ever been to Suimeikan Karukaya Onsen?

Japanese webpage says from Takayama 1:30 by highway bus, 1 hr by taxi.

Bus schedule to Shin-Hotaka Onsen


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2. Re: Anyone ever been to Suimeikan Karukaya Onsen?

thats not too bad at all , thought it might be longer because of mountainous terrain. Id prefer to not have to go that far out of takayama but its one of the few that have mixed bathing and it looks pretty decent! If anybody knows any others in that region dont hesitate to let me know about it. Thanx!

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3. Re: Anyone ever been to Suimeikan Karukaya Onsen?

If you are interested in the mixed-gender open-air bath, it won’t do you any harm doing some google-search on an area called Okuhida (60-80min bus- or car- ride away from Takayama), which has a cluster of pure-onsen villages. I guess you’ll have a hard time finding an accommodation without mixed-gender onsen bath facilities in there. That’s no typo when I say: without. Yes, there’s so many to choose from in the Okuhida area if you are proficient in the Japanese language or know someone that is. Frankly, many places are perhaps still not fully prepared to take overseas guests because of the language barriers…and that’s a real shame, IMO. Not sure about your budget, but these are English-friendly accommodations at least to some extent:

Oboro in Shin-Hirayu Onsen:


(note this is a pricey ryokan)

The following are located in Shin-Hotaka Onsen:

Yarimikan: http://www.yarimikan.com/

Nakao Kogen Hotel:


(no open-air baths)





Hotakaso Yamano Hotel:



Hotel Hotaka:


Personally I like staying in the area called Nakao Height, (in which you can locate the three of the aforementioned: Nakao Kogen Hotel, Chirorian, and Rapport) because of the views it has to offer; particularly the ones of Mt Kasa and Mt Shakujo are quite awe-inspiring to me. Oh, don’t miss out on your chance to the cable car: http://www.okuhi.jp/Rop/FRTop.html

Am not in the least interested in this, but just FYI, the views in here are a michelin double star.

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4. Re: Anyone ever been to Suimeikan Karukaya Onsen?


Any idea if Suimeikan Karukaya Onsen tel number calls through? wasn't successful trying the number on their website. Do they have an email to accept reservations?

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