Accommodation types: Spa   Traditional
Location: Gunma  Japan  East Asia
Houshi Onsen Chojukan - Traditional Japanese LifestyleHoushi  
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Located on the Houshi River in the Gunma Prefecture, the Houshi Onsen Chojukan is the epitome of a traditional ryokan where weary travelers can experience Japanese hospitality.

Built in 1875 at the source of the hot spring, the Chojukan is a secluded mountain getaway that offers majestic views and an insight into the traditional Japanese lifestyle.

Modeled after original bathhouses and adorned with photos of its famous historical guests, it almost feels like you are stepping back through time.

The communal areas boast a handsome wood d├ęcor, and all guest rooms are furnished in the traditional Japanese style with woven-straw tatami mats, futon bedding, and a low table with seating cushions.

Toilets and bathing facilities are shared by all guests, which is fitting since the life at the hotel revolves around its unique hot springs.

The Chojukan offers both indoor and outdoor bathing areas for you to enjoy. Some areas are restricted by gender to provide a more private experience.

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Houshi Onsen traditional Japanese ryokan

The Houshi Onsen Chojukan melds into the wooded slopes, offering a truly relaxing and unforgettable experience.

Houshi Onsen building
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Building's Facade

The atrium has a collection of calligraphic works of poets of the Meiji period and household Shinto altars.

Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Interior
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Wooden Corridor

Most rooms are equipped with modern electronics, but the oldest rooms appear just as they did when the ryokan first opened.

Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Suite
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Dining Table
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Tea Room

The oldest guest room at Houshi Onsen Chojukan is a registered national cultural property.

Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Tatami Room

The quiet room overlooks the courtyard with blooming trees.

Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Room Tree View
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Balcony
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Relaxing Balcony Reading

Choju No Yu - Women-only traditional hot spring bath.


The crystal clear spring water and even the pipes bringing the water to the spa were approved by the Natural Hot Spring Examination Association of Japan that measured its properties.

Houshi Chojukan Hotel Onsen

Hoshi No Yu is the inn's mixed-gender onsen, where hotel guests and visitors are both allowed - although in limited numbers.

Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Traditional Hot Spring Pool

The Rokumeikan-style (Banqueting House of the Meiji period in Japan) large wooden bath is the highlight of Hoshi Chujokan.

Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Wooden Onsen Pools
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Steamy Hot Spring Pools
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Onsen Pool

Tamaki No Yu is the hotel's open-air bath.

Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Pool Reflection
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Pool Forest View

The open-air baths are located outside the glass doors of the indoor spa. There is nothing like soaking in crystal clear hot springs while looking up at the starry night.

Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Outdoor Onsen
Houshi Onsen Chojukan Hotel Aerial

For those seeking to explore beyond the ryokan, there is world-class skiing throughout Gunma, and Takumi-no-Sato's crafts village is only 20 minutes away.

Houshi River Surroundings
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379-1401 Gunma, Minakami, Nagai 650, Japan
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