This is a return visit and we loved/love the place. It is a complex of Shogun era buildings assembled around an onsen. The bath facilities are out of this world. The large private bath is indoor/outdoor, the smaller pvt bath has a gorgeous view of a forest. Even the public baths are great. The landscape is fantastic, plus there are ducks, koi, frogs. All just really amazing. Staying here has been a highlight of two trips to Japan
Food is also really special. A gorgeous presentation of great tastes, local ingredients made with care
The drawbacks: last time we were put in the care of a woman who spoke some English, this time no one seems to speak any. Pointing at modem, and opening up the wifi "enter password window on my iPad", I was handed a phone. (Eventually, they got it) A "No sushi/sashimi" request brought a dinner which included sashimi (it was exquisite, but my sister won't eat it).
This is definitely a black diamond travel adventure, even the tourist office couldn't help us get here! But we love being here
So to get here,
Take the Maxtoki shinkasen from Tokyo station to Echigo Yuzawa (Bound for Niigata--about 90 minutes)
Then transfer to a train on the Hokuhoku Line to Muikamachi (bound for Naoetsu or Tokamachi-- about 15 minutes)
Taxis are plentiful and with the hotel phone number, a taxi with a GPS can easily get you to the hotel--about 10 minutes away. The hotel can arrange all other drop offs and pick ups
I hope I haven't made this sound daunting, it is pure indulgence and worth every effort. I would recommend a minimum of two nights
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- Also Known As:
- Ryugon Japan/Niigata Prefecture - Minamiuonuma