Yaki Manju – Photo provided by Shima Onsen association Description
“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.
Do you know “Yaki Manju”?
Of course you don’t, do you?
Shimamura Yaki Manju shop at Shima Onsen
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.
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.
Let’s go to countryside in Japan!
In the past few years
visiting customers from overseas to Japan are increasing due to yen depreciation and the fact that national efforts to strengthen for tourism have been made.
The number has also significantly increased in this year (2015) compared to the last year.
It might break through the milestone of 20 million people.
In fact, in major tourist destination, such as Kyoto and Tokyo, so many foreign countries are there that it may seem to that there are more foreign customers and Japanese tourists.
There are varieties of fun at staying at Onsen Ryokan.
In particular, if it is your first time of staying at Onsen Ryokan, you will experience new things one after another and cannot help saying “Amazing!”
Natural environment at Onsen resort, atmosphere of Onsen town, buildings of inns, Japanese-style room, Onsen, and so much others.
Every one of them is a typical experience in Japan.
And one of the highlights is meals.
As you can see the “Washoku” has been registered as UNESCE intangible cultural heritage, Japanese traditional meals are valuable culture, which we can be proud in the world.
Although the dining style of dinner at Ryokan has been gradually changing, the main stream is “Kaiseki Ryori,” which is a course style meals used for parties and banquet, and its arranged styles by each inn.
There are lots of unique waterfalls at Shima Onsen, such as Maya Falls, Ogura Falls, Koizumi Falls, Fudo Falls.
There are also various access methods, such as walk-in distance from Kashiwaya Ryokan, easy access by a car, and hiking on a mountain trail.
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.
There is also a proverb in Japan, meaning “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
This proverb means that if you enter a land and an environment, it is wise to follow the customs and ways there.
Once you go on a trip, you can realize deeper the country’s culture if you do so.
That is what I believe.
However, during a long journey, you will miss your usual habits.
We Japanese also visit Japanese restaurants abroad. I think this is one of the reasons.
It is a benefit for foreign customers to know about Japanese culture by staying at Japanese ryokan.
On the other hand, some customers feel stress as the life at ryokan is totally different from their usual life.
This seems to be especially strong what comes to meals and beddings.
Some customers want to sleep In Futon and enjoy Washoku as they came so far to Japan.
But others want to sleep in a bed, which they are used to, and enjoy meals other than Washoku.
We Kashiwaya Ryokan basically provide Futon in a Japanese-style room and Washoku.
But we offer other choices, thus foreign customers are pleased about it.
First, concerning beddings,
There are also a lot of ryokan in Tokyo but most of them do not equipped with onsen and meals.
So, it is hard to experience all the essences of ryokan (Japanese atmosphere, onsen, washoku) there.
Thus, I recommend you to stay at least one night at onsen ryokan that is close to Tokyo.
I have listed up some recommended onsen resorts, where you can enjoy ryokan close to Tokyo.
In Tokyo, there are a variety of accommodations from ultra-luxury hotels to capsule hotels.
The total number of rooms of accommodations is almost 150,000 rooms, combining hotels and ryokan.
In addition, construction and opening of new accommodations are coming up towards the Tokyo Olympics.
Bright Lights, Big Tokyo
Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan Shifts to Non Smoking
As shown below, Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan gradually shifts to entire non smoking.
From mid July 2015, the public space becomes non smoking.
From October 1, 2015, the entire building, including guests rooms (including terraces), become non smoking.
We apologize for causing inconvenience for smokers, thank you for your kind understanding and acknowledge.
In addition, we will established a smoking corner at the central part of the second floor, exclusively for smoking customers.
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