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.

enjoy bikes

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Onsen Ryokan Equipped with Beds and Western Style Meals

Onsen Ryokan entrance

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,

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A Ryokan outside Tokyo, but Close to Tokyo

Evening at Onsen Ryokan


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.

Tokyo Shibuya night
Bright Lights, Big Tokyo

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Shifts to Non Smoking !

Shift to Non smoking

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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That’s Why rural Onsen are Good! 3 Reasons to Recommend Countryside Onsen

If you are planning second time or third time Japan travel, why don’t you include a plan to rural (countryside) onsen, which are rarely listed on travel guidebooks?

Our Shima onsen is one of rural onsen, which have relatively good access from Tokyo; that is about 3 hours. We are sure you’ll satisfy with your travel.

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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

Introduce a chef of Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan

Tetsuo Inoue / Our chef

First of all self-introduction

I am Tetsuo Inoue, served as a chef since 2011.

When I first became a member of Kashiwaya Ryokan, what I was surprised the most was that the staff had meeting and discussed everyday how they can please customers.

So I also, as a chef of this Ryokan, am enthusiastically engaged in researching cooking and developing new menus every night to deliver joy and surprise to our customers.

My recent theme is mainly dishes, using plenty of vegetables. Meat and fish are not mail role but vegetables are, so that customers can eat meat and fish a little more delicious. This is what I am challenging.

Speaking of challenge, I once have walked from Kagoshima to Tokyo.

I wanna achieve extremely chef road with such inborn strong will.


Tetsuo Inoue

Although born in Tokyo, he had been trained not only in Kanto but also Kansai when he was young. He is a craftsman of this road.

Although initially, all staff thought that he was a silent person, he was just a little shy.

Actually he is really a friendly guy with nice smile.


JAZZ appreciation, Rakugo storyteller appreciation, old art tour.

His favorite Rakugo storyteller is, Kokontei Shinsho, Katsura Beicho, and Kokontei Shincho.

He taught me that there is a description that a storyteller Sanyutei Encho, called as a god of storytelling, walked to Shima Onsen in Meiji period in a book, “Encho Zammai,” which he read because it’s about storytelling.

Favorite food

Indeed, he is a chef.
He loves materials, which likely go well with Washoku!
Bamboo shoots, radish, redness of tuna, tasty dried fish ..

What He is Good at Other than Cooking

As he told in the self-introduction, he had walked from Kagoshima to Tokyo for 40 days when he was young.
It is exactly the “master of the walk.”

Dinner at the guestroom Chef

Short Message to the Readers

I (Inoue) feel like what I have done has come to match with the trend of the times, the health boom.
If you get tired in a city, please refresh at Shima Onsen.
I look forward your visiting, cooking body-friendly cuisine.

Example of meals

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.


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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Direct Access from Airports to Shima Onsen


“Shima Onsen,” reasonable proximity of about 3 hours from Tokyo, where you can taste rural rustic spa atmosphere.

In recent years, more customers directly head to Shima Onsen from airports and more customers directly return to airports from Shima Onsen.

So, here are direct access methods to Shima Onsen from Haneda Airport and Narita Airport, using public transportation.

Our nearest station is Nakanojo Station of JR Agatsuma Line.

From Nakanojo Station, use a local bus toward Shima Onsen.

Arrive by 7:00pm at Nakanojo Station so as to be in time for the final time.

From Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)

1) The rout with the most lots of number and easy transits are monorail and JR.

The travel time is about 3 hours and 15 minutes and costs about 6500 yen for one way.

Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
   15 minutes      Tokyo Monorail
    6 minutes      JR Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line
   55 minutes      JR Joetsu or Hokuriku Shinkansen
   50 minutes      JR Agatsuma Line
   26 minutes      Local bus toward Shima Onsen
Seiryu-no-yu Iriguchi (Entrance of Seiryu-no-yu) (the nearest bus stop)

Hokuriku Shinkansen
Hokuriku Shinkansen

– There is another way: From Hamamatsucho, go to Ueno (about 15 minutes), from there take direct express Kusatsu to Nakanojo Station.

Express Kusatsu departs twice a day, 10 o’clocks and 12 o’clocks

Limited Express Kusatsu
Limited express Kusatsu

2) There is also a means to use “Shima Onsen Go” ,a direct bus to Shima Onsen from Tokyo Station.

It is very easy because there is not transfer once after you got on the bus.

We have a package plan of a set of this bus and staying.


However, this bus does not run many times.

There are only 9:00 departure (throughout a year) and 10:40 departure (as an extra bus during winter).

It takes about 4 hours and costs about 3700 yen one way.

Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
   15 minutes      Tokyo Monorail
    6 minutes      JR Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line
    5 minutes      (walk)
Tokyo Station Yaesu Street bus stop
   3 and a half hours
Onsenguchi (the nearest bus stop)

From Narita International Airport

1) A route to go to Ueno Station or Tokyo Station, and use JR from there.

Keisei Skyliner is convenient to Ueno Station.

It takes 45 minutes from Narita Airport to Keisei Ueno Station and costs about 2500 yen.

From Ueno Station, as same as 1) from Tokyo International Airport, use Shinkansen or direct express Kusatsu.

There are mainly two accesses to Tokyo Station.

It takes 65 minutes by JR Narita Express and costs about 3000 yen.

This is also cheap buses to Tokyo Station and they are also convenient. It takes 70 minutes and costs about 1000 yen.

For bus stop and ticket purchase method, contact airport counters.

From Tokyo Station, use the methods of 1) or 2) from Tokyo International Airport.

2) Bus from Narita to Takasaki, then take JR.

There are 10 round trip highway buses a day from Narita Airport to Takasaki, the starting station of JR Agatsuma Line, our nearest route.For bus stop and ticket purchase method, contact airport counters.

Total is about 6300 yen, including the bus fare of 4,650 yen and the subsequent railway buses. Total time is about 4 and a half hours.

Narita International Airport
    3 hours     highway bus Azalea Go
   50 minutes      JR Agatsuma Line
   26 minutes      Local bus toward Shima Onsen
Seiryu-no-yu Iriguchi (Entrance of Seiryu-no-yu) (the nearest bus stop)

There is a head shop of “Yamada Denki,” the Japan’s largest consumer electronics retailer, directly connected to Takasaki Station East Exit, the transfer of highway bus Azalea Go, Shinkansen, and JR Agatsuma Line.

As there is a tax-free corner at the shop, it is also recommended to enjoy shopping Japanese consumer electronics at Yamada Denki, if you are directly heading to Narita International Airport from Shima Onsen.
Yamada Denki at Takasaki
Yamada Denki Head Shop at Takasaki

– Refer to the following url for English version of route search system to JR NAKANOJO Train Station.

– There are local buses about one per 1 hour between Nakanojo Station and Shima Onsen.

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Recommended restaurant and cafe in Shima Onsen

In Shima Onsen there are some restaurants along the street.

Kashiwaya Cafe 柏屋カフェ
Coffee, sweets, sandwich and western lunch

1.5km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Closed every Thursday and third Friday

Tsuchiya つちや
Udon and Soba noodles

300m from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Irregular holidays

Ichiriki 一力

800m from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Every Wednesday

Nagai なが井
Soba noodles

1.2km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Irregular holidays

Ginsen-chaya 銀泉茶屋
Snack, lunch

1.2km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Every Monday

Shimamura 島村

1.5m from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Irregular holidays

Asunaro あすなろ
Tonkatsu(deep fried pork), Ramen

2.0km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
11:00-15:00 , 18:00-23:00
Every Wednesday

You-min 尤敏
Ramen, chinese

2.0km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
11:30-14:30 , 18:00-22:00
Every Tuesday

Komatsuya 小松屋
Soba noodles

2.0km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Irregular holidays

Nakajimaya 中島屋
Soba noodles and Japanese meals

2.0km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Irregular holidays

Kurenai くれない
Japanese meals

2.0km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Irregular holidays

Cafe terrace Maya カフェテラス摩耶
Cafe and western style lunch

2.5km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
1st and 3rd Monday

Azumaya あずまや
Cafe and lunch

3km from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Irregular holidays

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