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The Onsen Ryokan I Chose for My Parents Before My Wedding

Kashiwaya Ryokan

I went on a last trip with my parents right before my wedding. Because I was getting married and was not going to live with them anymore, my husband thought that we probably won’t be able to travel with just the three of us anymore so he suggested that we take a trip.

This was probably going to be our last trip together so it was going to be a special one. In gratitude to my parents for raising me into the person I am today, I took it upon myself to be in charge of all of the planning.

The place I chose was Shima Onsen’s Kashiwaya Ryokan. It has very good reviews and while I couldn’t gauge its atmosphere from the pictures, it seemed like a promising ryokan.

When we arrived at the ryokan, we were impressed with the warm hospitality of the employees. There were young employees as well but their thoughtfulness was the best and we felt comfortable from beginning to end.

There were three open air baths that we could have to ourselves, so we bathed in all three. We didn’t have to reserve the baths and we bathed in all of them lots of times. The view of autumn foliage from the baths was the best, and was so picturesque that it felt like we could have looked at the scenery forever. At night, the view of the moon together with the autumn leaves was utterly beautiful. While bathing, my mom and I were able to talk about many things. If we scheduled our trip a bit later we might have enjoyed seeing even more beautiful autumn foliage.

We went for the open air baths but the food was even better than we expected. We were surprised at the beautiful presentation and creativity. It was packed with autumn’s delights and the taste and appearance were first-class. There was really nothing to complain about. If I must find something to say, I did mind the creaking floor a bit but I felt that this was part of the charm that only a wooden structure can have.

It’s truly a good ryokan so as you’d expect it’s a bit expensive…It’s not the kind of ryokan that you could visit often so I’d like to come back when I’m a bit older, together with my husband when our future kids are already on their own. I’m sure the employees will welcome us warmly, but from the overall atmosphere of this ryokan and by the looks of the other guests, I feel that this isn’t the kind of place for small children so I am looking forward to that time when we can come back without kids. My parents also like this place very much and they said they’d like to come back another time.

Time:October 2013
Gender:Female
Age:32 years old
Situation:Family travel

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
We are very thankful that you chose us, Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan, as the destination of your precious family trip before your marriage.

Fully enjoying your stay at the hot spring with the autumn foliage viewed from open air baths that you had to yourselves, we’re sure that your mother was also very happy with your conversations together.

Our head chef and the kitchen staff are also very happy with your compliments on the food. While we are taking baby steps, we are continuing to evolve and grow.

The water in Shima Onsen is gentle even for babies so we have a lot of visitors who come to Kashiwaya Ryokan for their baby’s first hot spring experience. Please do come back with your husband and also for your child’s first time in a hot spring.

We look forward to your next visit.

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After Winning the Lottery, We Went to a Hot Spring

Meals

Dad finally won the lottery after continuing to buy tickets for many years. “When you win something like this, you gotta spend it extravagantly! Let’s go to a hot spring!” he said, so I became in charge of looking for a place to stay.

I found Shima Onsen’s Kashiwaya Ryokan in Gunma Prefecture online, and Dad really liked its retro atmosphere. I was able to get a reservation after a few months.

When we got there, it was so much more wonderful than the pictures we’ve seen. Dad became overly excited, which is unusual for him, and I’m really glad that I chose Kashiwaya Ryokan.

The hot spring had one ryokan and three open air baths. The quality of the water was as one would expect from Shima Onsen. Mom usually has dry skin, and after bathing here her skin got softer and smoother which really made her happy.

For lunch, we used our lunch coupons at the nearby Kashiwaya cafe and I had my favorite curry and coffee. As for dinner, it had fresh ingredients harvested locally and we were very pleased with its taste and presentation. We had dinner in our room so it was just us family and we didn’t need to worry about the prying eyes of other guests.

We were all touched by the extreme hospitality shown to us by the staff.

My dad was very pleased as well, and was very enthusiastic in saying, “If it’s going to be this good of a ryokan, we’re coming back next year!” LOL.

Time:April 2014
Gender:Female
Age:28 years old
Situation:Family travel

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
We are very thankful that you chose us, Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan, as the destination of your hot spring trip to celebrate winning a valuable lottery.

Thank you too for liking our atmosphere and for your heartwarming compliments.

Shima Onsen is a sodium calcium chloride sulfate hot spring, and its component metasilicic acid has waste removal and moisturizing properties so benefits to the skin can be expected.

More than anything, we are glad that you were able to relax and enjoy your meal and spend time just with you family.

We look forward to your next visit.

As an aside, we too would like to win the lottery. Maybe next time, you could give us a few tips on how to win.

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