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A Relaxing Weekend Indulging in Private Onsen Baths

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We were able to take time off from work at a short notice, and we wanted to go to an onsen so we made a reservation a few days before we left. Our trip this time was mainly for bathing in onsens, and we wanted to take it easy so we chose Kashiwaya Ryokan which has a 12:00 pm checkout. It was also perfect that the ryokan is located three hours away from Tokyo by car.

You can bathe in the three private open air baths any number of times at no additional cost as long as they are unoccupied. If the baths were by reservation only, I wouldn’t be able to relax and bathe again at my own pace, so for someone who loves onsens like myself, I’d come back just for this system.

At first I thought I wouldn’t bathe in all three, but each one had its own atmosphere so I enjoyed bathing in all of them without losing interest. The large public bath was not an open air bath. However, it was thankfully open until late at night so I was able to bathe immediately when the private baths were occupied.

Our room was done in the Showa* modern yet retro style, and its relaxing atmosphere was great. Since it was a trip mainly for bathing in onsens, it was the best setup for me because I wanted to leisurely spend time in the room. Bathing, relaxing in the room, bathing again and monopolizing the three open air baths were incredibly satisfying. I especially liked the “Tsuki no Yu” bath that I bathed in it twice.

We ate dinner in our room. The timing of the serving of the meal was good, with the food still warm so we were able to dine leisurely. We ate after fully enjoying the onsens so I had no make-up on. It was truly a big plus that we were able to eat in our room without worrying about other people looking at us! Maybe it was the water, but the rice was very delicious. The meal had plenty of vegetables so it was healthy. It was enough for us, a couple in their thirties, but for families with growing children and those who like meat, the steak plan might be a better choice.

We felt the sentiments of a traveler because at night, we were able to sleep while hearing the quiet murmurings of the river.

We could choose between Japanese or Western-style meals for breakfast. We’re heard reviews that the bread is yummy so we chose the Western-style meal, but it was unfortunate that the bread has cooled a little, maybe because the timing of the serving was not good. (But the taste was good.) Nevertheless, the juices of the vegetables in the pot-au-feu delivered, and it was very delicious.

Moreover, we had a very pleasant stay because of the staff’s thorough customer service and their smiling faces. We got the impression that employee training was properly conducted because even the younger staff members were qualified and reliable. Compared to a hotel, the employees of a ryokan have more opportunities for attending to guests so one’s overall impression of a trip changes depending on one’s impression of the staff. Regarding this point, we are really glad that we chose Kashiwaya Ryokan.

Once we have have time off from work again, we will check the vacancy at Kashiwaya Ryokan right away.

*Translator’s note: The Showa Period lasted from 1926 to 1989.

Time:September 2014
Gender:Woman
Age:32 years old
Situation:Family travel

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
We really thank you for staying in a room with an in-room open air bath here at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan for your family trip.

We sincerely thank you for choosing us, Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan for your onsen trip with your husband.

You stayed with us in September when the days and nights are cooler, and we are glad that you enjoyed the murmurings of the river and the invigorating autumn breeze.

Our three private open air baths do not need reservations so our guests are very happy with this system of bathing in them any number of times with ease.

We recommend both the mountain ranges by day and the starry skies at night.

Thank you for your heartwarming, complimentary words regarding our meals and our staff’s customer service. We will use your words as encouragement, and we will continue to improve.

Regarding the bread that you have kindly pointed out, the bread that we serve for the day’s breakfast is baked all at the same time before the meal so we were not able to serve your bread piping-hot. We will think of ways in which we could improve on this, but we ask for your understanding at our present situation.

We, the whole staff, sincerely look forward to your next stay with us.

Thank you.

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Onsen Ryokan that Fits its Showa*, Retro Town Well

*Translator’s note: The Showa Period lasted from 1926 to 1989.
Sekizenkan

My girlfriend and I stayed here for our anniversary. Shima Onsen is also famous as the place where the onsen inn Sekizenkan is located, whose main building is said to have served as the model for the oil merchant’s place in the Ghibli movie “Spirited Away,” but we chose Kashiwaya Ryokan for its good reviews.

We made our reservation on the ryokan’s website, and we chose the most popular “Akagi beef steak accommodation plan” and the “room with an in-room open air bath.” There is a non-stop bus that goes to Shima Onsen from Tokyo Station for ¥5,100 both ways which we rode. The bus is by reservation only.

The ryokan was cozy, with not a lot of rooms at 15 rooms. However, precisely because of its size, I think that it perfectly suits guests who would like to relax and cherish the time spent with the people whom they are traveling with. We went on a weekend in September and the rooms were fully occupied but we didn’t encounter any of the other guests in the hallways and other areas.

Ultimately, the main feature of this ryokan is that its private open air baths can be used any number of times for free. In other typical ryokans, the time and the number of times that guests may use private baths are specified so we, who looked forward to the onsens the most, were very happy with the “use any number of times for free” feature.

We were able to bathe in and enjoy a lot of baths such as our reserved room’s in-room open air bath, the three private open air baths and the regular public bath for men and the regular public bath for women. In addition, my girlfriend and I were very satisfied with being able to relax without worrying about the time. For those who want to enjoy a number of onsens and for those who want to bathe at the same time with the people they are with, I recommend the room with the in-room open air bath.

Unlike the impression of coziness that we got from the ryokan, the onsens were places where you can really relax which would not be a problem for families with small children.

The meals utilized local and seasonal ingredients, and the mild taste was very good. To my girlfriend and to a meat lover like myself, the main dish of steak was impeccably delicious. It was also great that we had the meal in our room.

The dinner was tasty but the bread that we had for breakfast could go head to head with the steak. We impulsively bought some during our checkout.

Our eyes feasted on the main building of Sekizenkan inn which was used as a model for “Spirited Away,” the Shima River with its characteristic blue color called “Shima blue,” as well as Okushima Lake which are all around Shima Onsen. There is also Kashiwaya Cafe, which is a short walk from the ryokan, and their homemade cake was delicious.

Shima blue

We had great expectations based on its good reviews and also because we would stay in it for our anniversary, and indeed, it was a wonderful ryokan that did not fail us. We definitely want to stay here when we visit Shima Onsen again.

Time:September 2012
Gender:Man
Age:24 years old
Situation:With lover

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
We sincerely thank you for staying with us at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan for your anniversary as a couple.

Shima Onsen is an onsen resort with a very long history, and is well known for Sekizenkan, which is said to be a model for the movie “Spirited Away,” and the buildings of this ryokan are cultural assets. In addition, it is a town which is used a lot in movie and TV location shoots because of its numerous historical architectural structures.

We are also very glad that you had your fill of Akagi beef steak and enjoyed your onsen baths a lot in your room with an in-room open air bath, as well as spending your precious time together here at Kashiwaya.

The expressway bus that you rode from Tokyo Station to Shima Onsen is very convenient and is reasonably-priced that it is a popular means of transportation.

Thank you too for stopping by at the Kashiwaya Cafe, and for enjoying the “Shima blue” of Shima River, as well as the scenery at Shima Onsen.

We, the whole staff, sincerely look forward to your next visit.

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The Steak is also Delicious in this Onsen Ryokan

The Steak

We went to Shima Onsen for our first trip as a family. We decided on Kashiwaya Ryokan because it had the highest-rated reviews for accommodations online.

Kashiwaya Ryokan is especially famous for its onsens. When we went, there were three onsens that you can have all to yourself, and each one was spacious enough to comfortably accommodate the whole family so were very satisfied. I especially liked the Sakura-no-yu onsen.

SAKURA-no-yu

The food was also impressive. We chose the accommodation plan that included a steak and we were very happy with its size and quality. However, we did mind the smoke a little because we grilled the steak in our room. Nevertheless, considering the steak’s deliciousness, we were able to endure the smoke, LOL.

With regard to the onsens, there was a bath that we could have all to ourselves so the whole family bathed in it. My mom has sensitive skin so she was worried about the water’s properties but the water was very smooth, and it didn’t cause any problems so she was able to enjoy her bath and she raved about it afterwards. She was also impressed with the service which allows you to choose your yukata bathrobe.

Regarding the staff, unexpectedly there were only a few older staff members and there were many younger women. We had no complaints about their customer service and dealings with us, but their private conversations were a little conspicuous.

The next morning, we had brunch at the Kashiwaya Cafe. We had cake and coffee which were of course delicious, but the relaxing atmosphere of the cafe would be appreciated by both males and females, young and old.

The surrounding location of the ryokan was also wonderful, and we were really glad that we chose to stay in Kashiwaya Ryokan and Shima Onsen for our first trip as a family. It’s a ryokan that I’d also like to recommend to my friends.

Time:March 2014
Gender:Man
Age:22 years old
Situation:Family travel

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
We sincerely thank you and your family for staying with us at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan.

We are thankful that you have had your fill of Akagi beef in the accommodation plan that you chose that includes steak, as well as enjoying our three private, open air baths. We are also grateful for your compliments.

It has long been said that the waters of Shima Onsen are effective in 40,000 ailments. It is a sodium calcium chloride sulfate onsen with superior heat-retentive and moisturizing properties, and is said to be also effective in softening the skin. We are also glad that your mother was pleased.

We, the staff, are in our 20s to our 70s, and while the average age of our staff is very young for a ryokan, we will try to improve by learning from each other for your utmost pleasure.

We sincerely look forward to your next visit. Thank you.

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A Retro yet Modernly Japanese Ryokan

a Japanese room with a bed

When searching for “genuine open air baths” and “somewhat retro ryokan,” I finally found Kashiwaya Ryokan.

It was exactly what I wanted – well, I can say that it was more than what I expected. It had a retro yet modern vibe, and the style of the building’s exterior and interior, the baths and the rooms were patterned after the good old days of the early Showa period,* a concept that was consistent all throughout. It was a good, relaxing ryokan, to the point that even my wife, who says she doesn’t like old buildings, liked it.

What impressed me the most were the three open air baths. You can bathe in them as much as you want as long as they are not being used so I had my fill of all three kinds. Of the three, I liked the “Tsuki no Yu” bath, a round bath made of wood the most. The good scent of the wood and its warm coloring did wonders for my mind and body. Its large size that could accommodate a couple, and of course a family with small children was a strong point.

TSUKI-no-yu

There were different types of rooms, but I chose a Japanese room with a bed as requested by my wife. Since we were at an onsen, we absolutely had to stay in a tatami mat room, but while it was a Japanese room, the bed suited the room very well and it was lovely. The ornaments on the wall were also gently colored, and it had an atmosphere that women especially, would like. We were also thrilled that there was a nostalgic black telephone.

Black Telephone

Our meals had local vegetables and fish, and the seasoning was mild. The flavor was a little light but it’s likely that they wanted to maximize the ingredients’ flavors so they had a very healthy and exquisite taste.

My wife was delighted with the amenities in the room. The shampoo and conditioner were by “THANN,” a famous Asian brand that my wife likes so she was very happy. We were pleased with this kind of thoughtfulness too.

You can choose from various plans to fit your budget, and we were able to stay for an astonishingly reasonable price. Upon asking one of the staff, we were told that the foliage during the fall is considerably beautiful, something which we would like to see next time.

*Translator’s note: The Showa Period lasted from 1926 to 1989.

Time:August 2013
Gender:Man
Age:36 years old
Situation:Family travel

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Thank you for staying with us at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan as a couple and for your lovely comments.

The room that you stayed in, our “Japanese Twin” type of room, especially has a retro, classic hotel atmosphere even within Kashiwaya Ryokan, and is a popular room with many repeat guests specifying this type of room. In addition, THANN amenities are perks that are only available in this room and in rooms with in-room open air baths.

Thank you too for enjoying our private open air baths. “Tsuki no Yu” is a very popular, barrel-shaped bath that utilizes Japanese umbrella pine from Kiso.

More than anything, we are glad that you enjoyed your meals. We, the whole staff, sincerely look forward to your next visit.

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Kashiwaya Ryokan is an Inn with First-rate

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When I was planning a family trip for the occasional splurge, I found Shima Onsen’s Kashiwaya Ryokan by coincidence. I was drawn to the delicious-looking food so I decided that we would stay there.

When we arrived at Kashiwaya Ryokan, the staff received us politely and guided us to our room. I chose a room with an in-room open air bath, and the room felt really clean because of the its thorough cleaning. The 10-tatami mat room felt spacious and open, and the view from the outdoor deck was very beautiful and felt exceptional. My wife and I were both impressed, and the children were jumping around in excitement. We have Western-style rooms at home so the Japanese room felt new.

Furthermore, the room included a flowing, open air bath so we didn’t need to go out of our room for our bath and we were free to bathe in our own hot spring.

In addition, aside from the one in the room, there were three private hot springs that one can bathe in as many times as one wants. Families can use them by themselves without worrying about other guests looking at them.

The barrel-shaped open air bath was surrounded by bamboo which allowed us to truly relax. Aside from that bath, there was a stone bath and a bath that utilized Japanese cypress wood. Each baths was wonderful which impressed us greatly. I think that you can hardly find private hot spring baths that you can bathe in as many times as you want in other ryokans.

Moreover, the food was the best. The dinner was Japanese food, and the dishes used seasonal ingredients produced locally in Gunma Prefecture. In addition to being gorgeous in appearance, the food was delicious and had a lot of vegetables so they were healthy and exuded warmth. Also, the Joshu Mugi Pork in the hotpot was fresh, soft and very tasty. We ordered Akagi Beef sirloin steak as an additional dish which we grilled by ourselves. The rich taste of the meat that unfolded in our mouths was exceptional and went well with sake – we were truly impressed. There was also cake on the menu which made the children very happy.

We could choose between Western-style and Japanese breakfasts and we decided on Western-style as requested by the children. The bread baked within the ryokan was freshly-baked and very good, and the omelette with eggs from Gunma Prefecture was very rich. In addition, there was a wide variety of salads and other food so the breakfast was healthy.

This family trip was supposed to be a splurge but the cost was by no means expensive. We felt their hospitality at a fair price.

We were soothed by the hot springs and the food, and it was such an impressive hot spring inn that in my heart, I said “I will definitely come back” in reply to the parting words of the staff of “Please come back” as we were leaving. I think that Kashiwaya Ryokan is a first-rate inn in terms of food, hot springs and hospitality.

Time:December 2012
Gender:Man
Age:33 years old
Situation:Family travel

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
We really thank you for staying in a room with an in-room open air bath here at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan for your family trip.

We, the whole staff, are very happy that we were of help in creating memories for your family.

We also thank you for bathing many times in the private open air baths aside from bathing in your in-room hot spring with the whole family, as well as your comments on the food.

The Spanish omelette that you praised uses “Sato no Tamago” eggs that are produced with great care by poultry farmers in Nakanojo.

The dinner menu changes five times a year so we will be able to welcome you with new dishes the next time you visit us.

We sincerely look forward to your next visit. Thank you.

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A Beautiful Onsen Ryokan with a Retro Vibe

Retro Space

My wife and I went to Shima Onsen for a trip.

It was our first time at Shima Onsen, and we chose Kashiwaya Ryokan for our accommodations because we were drawn to its retro vibe and its private open air baths.

We really wanted to stay in a room with an in-room open air bath but the rooms were already reserved so we weren’t able to stay in one.

Upon entering the ryokan, a very retro space unfolded before us. There was a beautiful staircase which I especially liked. When I asked one of the employees to take our picture, I was happy that she took a lot of photos while changing places. She was a young staff member whose hospitality was kind and she had a cheerful vibe which was very pleasant.

Aside from the indoor onsens that one can freely bathe in, there were three private open air baths. In many instances, private open air baths in other ryokans need to be reserved in advance and entail additional fees but at Kashiwaya Ryokan there are no extra costs and there is no need to reserve in advance. Moreover, it’s great that one can bathe in them many times. We went when it was very cold, and there was a fan heater in the changing room so it was very good that we were able to change while we were still warm.

There was a lot of food for our dinner; so much that we couldn’t finish it all. We had the accommodation plan that included steak, and we were very happy with the very delicious meat. Personally, I found the salad at breakfast especially tasty. It had a lot of fresh vegetables sourced locally, and I was impressed with their crisp texture.

I thought our room was a little small, but it was just my wife and I so we didn’t mind. However, we heard sounds from the room next to us probably because the building is old, but because of the ryokan’s wonderful retro vibe, we felt that this was part of the fun.

It was a very good ryokan so next time, I’d like to stay in a room with an in-room open air bath.

Time:December 2013
Gender:Man
Age:34 years old
Situation:Family travel

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
We sincerely thank you and your wife for staying with us at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan.

Kashiwaya Ryokan has undergone a number of renovations but the staircase where you had your photos taken has not been changed since our establishment, and it is our hallmark. We hope you would display your photos or proudly share them on social media.

The accommodation plan which includes Akagi beef steak is our most popular one and guests who choose this plan are very happy with it. Staff members who serve the steak everyday to our guests say “Oh, I want to eat this!” as they serve, LOL.

Thank you too for bathing in our private open air baths a number of times. The water at Shima Onsen has properties of really warming up the body, and is especially recommended during winter.

We hope that you could try staying in one of our rooms with an in-room open air bath next time.
We, the whole staff, sincerely look forward to your next visit.

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With a 12pm Checkout, An Onsen Ryokan where You can Relax

Retro-Looking Townscape

Shima Onsen, with its retro-looking townscape, is easily accessible from Tokyo and is conveniently located for a trip. On the occasion of the designation of the Tomioka Silk Mill in Gunma as a World Heritage Site, my friends and I decided to travel to Shima Onsen in Gunma the other day.

While Shima Onsen does not have a glitzy vibe, the relaxed atmosphere of Kashiwaya Ryokan located in a rich natural environment perfectly matches the relaxed feel of Shima Onsen’s townscape. We went in November when the fall foliage was very beautiful, so we were excited during the drive.

Aside from the large public bath, there were baths that you can have all to yourself at Kashiwaya Ryokan so I was able to enjoy bathing without worrying about other people looking at me. I bathed in the barrel-shaped bath and just as I was in it, the beautiful moon came out right above my head. Being able to bathe while looking at the moon was very charming. There were three private open air baths that you can bathe in as many times as you want for free, and my friend bathed in all three. My friend was happy that every one of them was lovely.

The meals were perfectly balanced and were good for the body, with plenty of vegetables and local ingredients. We enjoyed Akagi chicken and other ingredients characteristic of the area; and we were delighted with the hospitality extended to us such as the homemade konjac which takes effort to prepare. The sweetness of the desserts was also mild-tasting.

Our room was a Japanese room with a relaxed atmosphere. Amazingly, the phone in our room was a black telephone, and we were impressed with this nostalgic set-up that it felt like we went back in time to the Showa era*. The room was also thoroughly cleaned for our comfort. It was very quiet at night, and we even heard the murmuring of the stream.

Black Telephone

Checkout times at typical ryokans are at 10:00 am but it’s 12:00 pm at Kashiwaya Ryokan so we didn’t have to run around – we were able to relax up until our departure. Taking advantage of the late checkout, we went to the Kashiwaya Cafe managed by the ryokan which was 5 minutes away by car. We had curry for brunch and it was very good! The retro feeling even in the food was the best!

The smiling faces of the staff whenever we met them also felt nice. The hospitality they gave to us during our stay extended to the smallest details, and it was a very good trip.

*Translator’s note: The Showa Period lasted from 1926 to 1989.

Time:November 2014
Gender:Woman
Age:40 years old
Situation:With friends

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Thank you for coming to see the fall foliage in Shima Onsen for your trip with your friend.

You can enjoy Shima Onsen in all four seasons but we recommend fall foliage season the most when you can also see new greenery. We are sure that you fully enjoyed seeing the autumn leaves.

More than anything, we are happy that you spent a fun, leisurely overnight stay with your friend, from bathing plenty of times in our three private onsens, to enjoying the food and the 12:00 checkout.

Thank you too for your many compliments on our food, facilities and our staff’s customer service. We will use these to encourage us to do our best henceforth.

We sincerely look forward to your next visit.

Thank you.

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A Wonderful Sensation Similar to Bathing in an Onsen in a Jungle

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My family and I visited Shima Onsen’s Kashiwaya Ryokan in Gunma Prefecture in February 2010, and the hospitality extended to us was better than we expected so we came back during Golden Week of the same year for a two-night, three-day hot spring trip.

I knew that the accommodation fee would be more expensive during Golden Week but the children kept on talking happily about their memories of Shima Onsen and Kashiwaya Ryokan so I splurged, LOL.

Kashiwaya Ryokan’s wooden architecture similar to that of the hot spring inns of old contributes to the building’s good atmosphere, and my wife, my eldest daughter and I liked it at first glance. Having visited it just three months earlier, we should have already been used to its facade and Shima Onsen’s scenery but it was Golden Week, so there were many families like ours in the hot spring town and at Kashiwaya Ryokan, and we felt a different vibe compared to our first visit.

We stayed in a room similar to the room we had during our previous visit. Our room was on the second floor, and the view of Shima Onsen’s rustic landscape and the open air baths below unfolded before us. The children were just as overly excited as they were in February.

My one-year old son seemed to like the large public bath at Kashiwaya Ryokan very much, and even though he couldn’t talk yet he made happy sounds the moment we got in.

Carrying my one-year old son, and with a panoramic view of Shima Onsen’s nature before us, I felt this wonderful sensation, as of we were bathing in a hot spring in a jungle. I was so happy I spontaneously cried.

Bathing with my son at the large public bath at Kashiwaya Ryokan is a wonderful memory that I will never forget.

Time:May 2010
Gender:Man
Age:38 years old
Situation:Family travel

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
We are really thankful that you visited us twice during a short period of time.

Shima Onsen has many faces depending on the season, and as you have mentioned, it has a completely different atmosphere in February and in May.

In February, you can watch snow fall lightly while bathing in our open air bath. There is an old belief that bathing in a hot spring during winter increases our bodies’ self-healing capabilities so winter is the most appropriate season to enjoy bathing in a hot spring.

And in May, we have new greenery. Light green leaves turn darker from day to day, and it feels as if nature is giving us energy. It is my favorite season of the year.

Above all, we are happy that your youngest child liked our hot spring bath.

Shima Onsen has many guests who come back as adults because it is a memorable hot spring region where they were taken to by their parents and grandparents when they were young.

The whole staff and I sincerely look forward to your next visit. Thank you.

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My First Trip Alone

Beautiful Scenery

I traveled alone on this trip so I had a hard time choosing my destination. It wasn’t like like I really like onsens to begin with, but I wanted to relax in a place I’ve never been before so I chose Kashiwaya Ryokan in Shima Onsen, Gunma Prefecture.

At any rate, there was a lot of nature when I got there. Relatively, there’s a lot of nature in the place where I live in Kansai but I was able to enjoy a totally different atmosphere.

I was very satisfied just with the nature but when I bathed in the hot spring at the ryokan, I felt at home and at ease. It was my first trip alone but the people at the ryokan were very kind so I didn’t feel any pressure nor did I feel embarrassed – I had an enjoyable time.

You can soak in the hot spring for as long as you like so I stayed for a long time. Most of all, it was great that there was a lot of time to do so, and a ryokan is perfect for this kind of vibe.

Dinner was typically Japanese, and the light and refreshing meal was very good. I had my fill of fish and other fresh ingredients.

I was alone at night so I had some anxiety but they take care of safety properly so I slept with no problem at all.

The next day, I also bathed in the hot spring first thing in the morning. There were only a few guests, so I enjoyed my solitary time even more.

For the rest of my trip, I didn’t do anything else. I just wandered around the ryokan, looking dazedly at nature and enjoyed my time doing nothing. They took care of my belongings while I was sightseeing so that was a big help. Thanks to them I had a good trip. I think it’s a wonderful ryokan.

Time:September 2014
Gender:Woman
Age:22 years old
Situation:Trip alone

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Thank you for staying with us at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan for your first trip alone.

Relatively speaking, many guests come to our ryokan for their first trip alone probably because Kashiwaya Ryokan and the atmosphere of Shima Onsen suits solo travelers. Just as what you wrote in your comments, there are many guests who enjoy their time alone to the fullest, and this leads to many more solo trips, after which they come back, this time bringing along family and friends.

Thoroughly enjoying your very own time by yourself with no one bothering you is indeed the best kind of luxury, something that you can seemingly do in everyday life but cannot actually do.

We, the whole staff, sincerely look forward to your next visit. Thank you.

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An Onsen Ryokan where I can Relax even though I Have Sensitive Skin

Onsen

My friend took me to Shima Onsen but truthfully speaking, I’ve had an aversion to onsens before I came here. I’ve had this image in my head that the properties of an onsen bath would make my skin itch and my hair dry. Because I have sensitive skin, I thought that it wouldn’t be suitable for my body. But I think Shima Onsen suits me – it’s completely different from other onsens.

When I entered the ryokan, the employees immediately greeted me with a smile and led me to my room. The room was a subdued, Japanese-style room, typical of an onsen inn. I felt that the room itself was a bit small, but considering its reasonable price, the room’s size was enough.

With regard to the baths, I was able to go to the open air baths immediately from my room. I was surprised that you can have these large, open air baths to yourself. Moreover, you can bathe any number of times so I bathed after I arrived at the ryokan and then again after I ate my meal.

A very tender steak was served during dinner. It was delicious – so good that I almost regret thinking that one would expect an onsen inn to serve Japanese food.

The checkout time was a late 12:00 pm so I had enough time in the morning to prepare to leave. For lunch I went to Kashiwaya Cafe and I also sampled some of the famous manju buns at a nearby manju shop. Location-wise there are lots of things to do and the onsen town itself is a pleasant place to be.

Despite bathing in the onsens, my hair didn’t become dry not did my skin itch. I also slept very well – proof that I was able to relax.

Time:February 2014
Gender:Man
Age:27 years old
Situation:With friends

Response from Kashiwaya Ryokan
Thank you very much for staying at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan during your trip for the summer.

We are happy that you were able to see onsens in a new light because the water at Shima Onsen contains components with moisturizing properties that are soft and gentle to the skin. Moreover, you really get warm so you can be warm while you sleep and you can sleep soundly.

Thank you too for enjoying your meals. Our supplementary steak made from Joshu beef is very tender and is very popular with our guests.

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