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Details Access to Shima Onsen : Approximately 3 Hours from Tokyo

Onsen Ryokan entrance

“Shima Onsen” is closer from Tokyo, where you can enjoy old-fashioned country taste of Japan. It is an Onsen resort, where we live.

Shima Onsen is located in Gunma Prefecture, which is at Kanto region in Honshu in Japan. It is located at approximately 150km in a straight line from Tokyo.

It will take about 3 hours by trains, a direct bus, cars, and so on to visit us.

Here is the detailed guide for the access.

Train and Local Bus

Train map to Shima Onsen

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Onsen town near Tokyo even Japan enthusiasts admire


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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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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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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