Let’s go to countryside in Japan! To Good Old Japan Away from Hustle

Let’s go to countryside in Japan!

Kuni village

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.

Therefore, unfortunately, the situation has been continued to recently that it is difficult to make reservation of accommodations at urban area.

I also often go to stay at Tokyo and Kyoto and have encountered the situations that I cannot stay at the planned hotel due to full occupancy and the price has become a lot higher.

To correspond to these accommodation demand, the government is trying to recommend Guest Houses at some areas, using airbnb and so on, not formal hotels and inns.

ShIma Onsen street

Yet, I want to stop this situation

This is because there are still vacancies at many ryokan and Inns at other than major tourist destinations, which are popular to foreigners. Especially, the ones at rural areas.

(There is a survey result that the room occupancy rate of inns at rural areas is 35% or less)

If you have come to Japan more than two times, I strongly recommend you to stay at rural areas in Japan.

Our Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan is also located at the countryside in Gunma, where it takes about 3 hours from Tokyo.

There are many benefits of staying at ryokan and inns at local area.

For example;

  • It is easy to book rooms and is reasonable compared to the ones at urban areas.
  • As the area is not known well abroad, there will be new discoveries.
  • You can spend quiet away from the hustle and bustle of urban areas.
  • You can communicate with local people and experience good old Japan, such as old wooden buildings and old streets.

There are lots more.

rural street

For your next trip to Japan, go ahead one step and visit Japanese local areas, which have not been known well yet.
(Also come to Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan! )

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  2. Anthony jacka says:

    Im going to japan leaving Sydney October 1st, landing at tokyo and have 2wks to experience the middle 1/3 of Japan (returning 15th). Im not interested in dashing from top to bottom and experiencing a blur…. so im trying to be realistic. But as this is my first holiday EVER, and being now 40yrs old (whats that got to do with it), and a little round in the middle (hey stop poking my belly)…. i want to see whats theres to be seen. I dont want to photograph a geisha or drink something & pass out and wake up with a maxed out creditcard – nigerian bartender strikes again. How many days should i expect to stay in which places, what is there to see in those places and if theres a big bowl of noodles and somthing that isnt “cat on a stick” i think ill be happy. Basically all i know of japan is what i read in manga… Help Please.

    • e_kashiwaya_editor says:

      There are many conflicting cultures in Japan.
      – Big city and the countryside.
      – Latest technology and old technology
      – Pop culture and traditional performing arts.

      If you’d like to stay good and old village, here is your place.
      Thank you.