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Enjoy Hanami at Shima Onsen! When is the best time to see cherry blossoms here?

Sakura in Shima Onsen

“Hanami” is Japanese traditional custom, which means to admire cherry blossoms.

It is not an exaggeration to say that all Japanese are looking forward to the time of cherry blossom.

Sakura 2015

We, living at Shima Onsen, are not an exception. We always talk about Ohanami when It comes to a cherry blossom season at Tokyo (late March), such as “When do cherry blossoms at Shima Onsen bloom?”, “Do they bloom beautiful this year also?”, “When should we do Ohanami this year? “, and so on.

There is no so-called “Ohanami attractions” at Shima Onsen, where all over the place is covered with cherry blossoms.

Instead, there are various kinds of cherry blossoms bloom in mountains, such as wild cherry trees, weeping cherry trees, Yoshino cherry trees, double cherries, and so on.

They dye mountains with pink dots and tell the arrival of spring to the mountain village.

Sakura at Kashiwaya Ryokan

You can view weeping cherry trees from private open-air baths of Kashiwaya Ryokan.
You can also enjoy Yoshino cherry trees planted on the front riverbanks from deck terraces.

Sakura at Shima Onsen town

In addition, you can enjoy double cherries at the Shima Onsen town.

The double cherries around “old Nakanojo Municipal third elementary school,” an old wooden school building that had been closed down, are very impressive.

林昌寺のシダレサクラ

Nakanojo

A weeping cherry tree at “Rinshoji,” an old temple near Nakanojo Station which is the nearest station of Shima Onsen, has height of 16m and is spectacular.

It has been designated as a natural monument of the town.

The altitude of Shima Onsen is about 650m, so the flowering period of cherry blossoms is later than that of around Tokyo, even it is at the same Kanto region.

Weeping cherry tree at “Rinshoji” near Nakanojo Station is for about 15 days from April 10.

Within Shima Onsen, wild cherry tree, weeping cherry tree, and Yoshino cherry tree are about 25 days from April 20, and double cherries are about 10 days from May 5.

(The full bloom season changes depend on the weather of the year.)

Please enjoy cherry blossoms slowly at Shima Onsen!

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Please Use These Images When You Get Lost from Tokyo to Shima Onsen

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When you go to Shima Onsen by the public transportation, you may get lost or cannot find way easily, even though you looked for the way in advance.

Then, here’s what you can utilize.

Download these images in advance then you’re ready!

Please utilize these images.

When you get on a highway bus, Shima Onsen-go, from Tokyo

Direct bus from Tokyo

When go to a bus stop from Tokyo Station.

I want to go to a highway bus stop in front of “Seven Eleven Nihonbashi 3 Chome Shop” on Tokyo Yaesu Street.

AT Tokyo station,Yaesu

Once you get on a bus (show this Image to a driver)

Dear a driver of Shima Onsen-go,
Thank you for driving a bus for our customer.
He/she is our customer.
He/she is getting off at Onsen-guchi.
Please take care of him/she.

Shima Onsen Go

When you take Shinkansen, JR Agatsuma Line, and a bus

Hokuriku Shinkansen

I’m heading to Kashiwaya Ryokan at Shima Onsen, Gunma.
I use Shinkansen to Takasaki Station.
From Takasaki Station to Nakanojo Station, I use JR Azuma Line.
I get on a bus bound for Shima Onsen and get off at Seiryu-no-yu bust stop.

From Tokyo by Shinkansen

When you take an express, Kusatsu-go, from Ueno

Limited Express Kusatsu

I’m heading to Kashiwaya Ryokan at Shima Onsen, Gunnma.
I use JR express “Kusatsu-go” from Ueno Station to Nakanojo Station.
I get on a bus bound for Shima Onsen and get off at Seiryu-no-yu bust stop.

From Tokyo by Express train

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Princess Maya Festival; All the town is decorated with Tsurushibina and Hina dolls

Hina dolls

From mid-February to mid-March in each year, Mayahime Matsuri (Princess Maya Festival) is held at Shima Onsen. Ryokan and shops at the onsen resort are decorated with Tsurushibina (mobile dolls) and Hina dolls.

Since ancient times, there has been a tradition, called Hina Matsuri (Hina Festival) in Japan, where we wish for girls’ healthy growth.

Hina Matsuri is held on March 3 in every year.

Tsurisibina in Shima Onsen

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Do you know “Yaki Manju”? our favorite snack and sweets

Yaki Manju
Yaki Manju – Photo provided by Shima Onsen association

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“Yaki Manju” is very popular snack and sweets in Gunma, where Shima Onsen is located, but is not known outside of Gunma at all.

At Shima Onsen, you can enjoy Yaki Manju at “Shimamura,” which is located opposite side of Kashiwaya café, and “Ginsen Chaya,” a snack restaurant.

Please enjoy “Yaki Manju,” the regional sweets, which all Gunma people love.

※Yaki Manju (roasted sweet bun) is a sweet, having four buns without bean jam pierced with a skewer, putting sweet Miso sauce, and roasting over charcoal.

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Do you know “Yaki Manju”?
Of course you don’t, do you?

Shimamura Yaki Manju shop
Shimamura Yaki Manju shop at Shima Onsen

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Let’s go to Shima Onsen by a rental car! You’ll have more fun!

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If you’re good at driving a car, how about renting a car to go to an onsen resort near Tokyo?

There are often many attractive sightseeing spots around onsen resorts.

So if you use a rental car, you’ll be able to have more fun after arriving at an onsen resort.

It’s good to directly go to an onsen resort near Tokyo from Tokyo.
Another way is to go to a closet station by a train and rent a car from there.

The recommended rental car company is Toyota Rental Car, as it has a wide network and you can book in English.

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Mount Asama, Shima to Karuizawa

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Onsen town near Tokyo even Japan enthusiasts admire

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When saying onsen resort, people tend to imagine it to have left far from towns such as Tokyo. Yet, actually, there are a lot of highly original onsen resort and onsen ryokan near Tokyo environs, too.
There are more and more visitors who stay based at Tokyo Metropolitan area and stay at onsen ryokan in short trip in one night and two days. Onsen resorts near Tokyo, including out Shima onsen, are perfect for such needs.

Shima Onsen Town

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Let’s enjoy Shima Onsen with free bike rentals!

rental bikes

It will be about 6km (3.8 Miles) from the most famous sport “Shima Ouketsu (potholes)” that is at the very front to “Okushima Lake” that is at the innermost.

As the distance is relatively short, it is also pleasant if you walk inside Shima Onsen. Yet, bicycles are more recommended.

We, Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan, provide rental bikes, which our customers can use for free if they stay at us.

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The most beautiful villages in Japan

Shima Onsen is an onsen resort, which are located at the most beautiful villages in Japan.

Isama area
Isama area

We, Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan, are located in a town, called Nakanojo at Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture.

Nakanojo town has been certified to one of the most beautiful villages in Japan.

Nakanojo town is located less than 3 hours from Tokyo, in the northwestern part of Gunma Prefecture, and is in contact with Niigata and Nagano Prefecture.

It is a town with altitude of 300 to 2000m and is a small mountain village with about 17,000 inhabitants.


In addition, Kuni and Isama district of Nakanojo have been certified to be one of “the most beautiful villages in Japan” by The Most Beautiful Villages Union in Japan.

“The Most Beautiful Villages Union in Japan” is playing a part of “The most beautiful villages Union in the World,” which began in France in 1982 and Is joined by France, France, Italy, Belgium, Canada, and Japan. Continue reading

Enjoy various types of Onsen at Shima Onsen

Yuzuriha Footbath & Drinking Fountain
Yuzuriha Footbath & Drinking Fountain

At Shima Onsen, not only each ryokan has satisfying number of Onsen, but also there are various facilities at the Onsen town, where you can enjoy Onsen, such as foot bath, drinking fountain, and public bathhouse.

Footbath is just good for relaxing after walking.

There are Okinaya Footbath, Yamaguchi Foodbath, Yuzuriha Footbath & Drinking Fountain, and Hinatamiyakushi Footbath towards the back from Kashiwaya Ryokan.

Okinaya Footbath
Okinaya Footbath

Hinatamiyakushi Footbath
Hinatamiyakushi Footbath

In addition, there are facilities, where you can enjoy “drinking fountain (onsen)” that is one of Toji culture, such as Yuzuriha Footbath & Drinking Fountain and Shionoyu Drinking Fountain in the immediate vicinity of Kashiwaya cafe.

There are also three Onsen facilities, where you can enjoy one day trip for free from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.; Kaminoyu, Kawaranoyu, and Gomusonoyu.

In addition, two facilities with charged but has rich equipments; Seiryunoyu and Koshikinoyu at the lakeside of Okushima Lake.

Gomusounoyu
Gomusounoyu

Please enjoy efficacy rich Shima Onsen in various types, which has been said to work on 40,000 diseases from ancient times.

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