Day trip bathing travel journals to hot springs where we visited by train and bus

Shima Onsen Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu

Shima Onsen Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu

4236-1, Oaza-Shima, Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma District, Gunma Pref.

The bathing room has Japanese Romanticism style beauty. If you soak in hot water Flowing from the Source, you will feel rich.

Shima Onsen Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu bathing room
Shima Onsen Sekizenkan exterior Shima Onsen Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu bathtub Shima Onsen Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu hot water spout

The bathing room is a "Taisho Romanesque" design blossomed in Japan 100 years ago. Bright light comes from the Western-like arched window. And the light reflects off the bathtub to create a soft atmosphere.

The hot water is typical of Shima Onsen, fresh, colorless and transparent. And it is, Of course, 100% Flowing from the Source. The hot water overflowing from the bath is peacefully filling the entire bathing room floor.

Sekizenkan Main Building was built in 1691. This is the oldest hot spring inn building in Japan and is designated as an Important Cultural Property. Further, it is said that the red bridge appears in "Spirited Away" is modeled after the bridge in front of Sekizenkan.

Location

Rating of access

1.0 pt(from Ueno)

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Area / Railway

Kanto Region
Gunma Pref.

JR Agatsuma Line

onsen

Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta.JR: 2 hrs 50 min Takasaki Line etc. - Agatsuma Line¥ 2,640
  • Nakanojo Sta.Walk: 3 hrs 30 min 16.4 km (10.2 mi) Difference in elevation: 308 m (1010 ft)
  • Sekizenkan
Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta. JR express: 2 hrs 05 min Kusatsu Non-reserved seat¥ 4,000
  • Nakanojo Sta. Kan-etsu Kotsu bus: 40 min for Shima Onsen ¥ 930
  • Shima Onsen Bus StopWalk: 1 min 0.1km (0.06 mi)
  • Sekizenkan
Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta. JR Shinkansen: 50 min Toki etc. Non-reserved seat¥ 4,940
  • Takasaki Sta.JR: 1 hr 08 min JR temporary train
    "Shima Onsen Yamadori"
    Reserved seat +¥ 530
  • Nakanojo Sta.Taxi: 30 min 16.4 km (10.2 mi) about ¥ 6,000
  • Sekizenkan
Route from Tokyo (Tokyo)
  • Tokyo Sta. (Yaesu Central Gate) Walk: 4 min
  • Yaesu Dori
    Tohoku
    Express Bus Stop Kan-etsu Kotsu
    Expressway bus:
    3 hrs 30 - 45 min
    Shima Onsen-go ¥ 3,100
  • Shima Onsen Bus StopWalk: 1 min 0.1km (0.06 mi)
  • Sekizenkan
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta.Tobu: 35 min Tojo Line ¥ 480
  • Kawagoe Sta. (West exit) Kan-etsu Kotsu Expressway bus: 3 hrs Ikaho Shima Onsen-go ¥ 2,800
  • Shima Onsen Bus StopWalk: 1 min 0.1km (0.06 mi)
  • Sekizenkan
Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. (New South Gate) Walk: 2 min
  • Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
    (4th floor) JR Expressway bus: 3 hrs 06 min Joshu Yumeguri-go ¥ 2,380 - ¥ 2,950
  • Nakanojo Eki Minami Bus StopWalk: 5 min 0.4 km (0.2 mi)
  • Nakanojo Sta.(The rest is the same as above)
Routes from Tokyo
  • Ueno
  • JR
  • Nakanojo
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 6 hrs 20 min ¥ 2,640

  • Ueno
  • JR express
  • Nakanojo
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 46 min ¥ 4,930

  • Ueno
  • Shinkansen
  • Takasaki
  • JR temporary train
  • Nakanojo
  • Taxi
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 28 min ¥ 11,470

  • Tokyo
  • Expressway bus
  • hot spring
  • 3 hrs 35 - 50 min ¥ 3,100

  • Ikebukuro
  • Tobu
  • Kawagoe
  • Expressway bus
  • hot spring
  • 3 hrs 36 min ¥ 3,280

  • Shinjuku
  • Expressway bus
  • Nakanojo
  • (The rest is the same as above)
  • 3 hrs 13 min+ ¥ 2,380 - ¥ 2,950+

  • JR Express operates 2 - 3 round trips a day. The fare of JR Express and normal Shinkansen is "Basic fare" plus "(Super) Express charge". (These are determined according to the distance.) "(Super) Express charge" has two types: Reserved seat and Non-reserved seat. Reserved seat charge adds ¥ 730 (during the busy season) or ¥ 530 (during the normal season) or ¥ 330 (during the off season) to Non-reserved seat charge. (For details, please refer to JR East _ Ticketing and Busy / Normal / Off season calendar.)
  • The route bus runs about one round trip every hour between Nakanojo Station and Shima Onsen.
  • You can use the "Oze Card" on the route buses in the Nakanojo area of Kan-etsu Kotsu. The Oze card is like a prepaid card that can be used on some route buses, and can be used for 4,350 yen for a sales amount of 3,000 yen. There is no expiration date, the fare for multiple people can be settled with one Oze card, and it can also be used on route buses such as Tone Numata and Ikaho area. You can buy the Oze card at the Kan-etsu Kotsu Agatsuma Office or on the bus.
  • "Shima Onsen Yamadori" is a temporary rapid train that runs between Omiya and Nakanojo station. It is operated by JR East Takasaki branch office.
  • The expressway buses from Tokyo area to Shima Onsen (or Nakanojo Station) are as follows.
    Operator Name Main starting point (station)
    JR Bus Joshu Yumeguri-go Shinjuku, Nerima
    Tokyo Yumeguri-go Tokyo
    Kan-etsu Kotsu Bus Shima Onsen-go Tokyo
    Ikaho Shima Onsen-go Tokyo, Kawagoe
    Takasaki / Ikaho / Shima Onsen-go Hachioji Line Hachioji
  • The above fares are based on cash. When using an IC card, the fares may differ slightly.
  • The above times and distances are approximate. Does not include transfering or waiting times.

How to get to Sekizenkan

(Directions from Shima Onsen Bus Stop)
  1. Walk about 60 m (197 ft) toward the back of the hot spring town
  2. Cross the red parapet bridge visible on the left

bus stop: bus stop

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Travel journal of day trip bathing to hot spring

Characters

Nishi-san
Nishi-san
He is an orthodox hot springs lover and particular about quality of springs. He loves the hot springs flowing from the source, the hot water with a presence, and the rustic atmosphere.
Kita-san
Kita-san
He doesn't care much about quality of hot springs. He loves the open-air bath, and prefers hot springs that have visible features such as good views.

(→ Continuation from Kawaranoyu)
Nishi-san and Kita-san are visiting Shima Onsen in Gunma Prefecture today. After enjoying "Kawaranoyu", they came to "Sekizenkan".

Sekizenkan and Keiun Bridge, Shima Onsen

Sekizenkan and Keiun Bridge

Oh, this is THAT bridge!

Hmm? Is this bridge famous?

The red bridge appears in "Spirited Away" seems to be modeled after this bridge. Indeed, it may be similar.

Is that so? I see, there are such highlights.

Genrokunoyu exterior, Shima Onsen

Genrokunoyu exterior (entrance)

They entered Sekizenkan, open the door of the entrance of "Genrokunoyu".

Oh, open the door and I'm in the bathing room.

It's true. The inside is absolutely different from the outside.

It's "Taisho Roman". I guess it was so stylish at that time.

To check whether this is really the bridge of "Spirited Away", you need to ask Director Hayao Miyazaki. Anyway, it is true that he has stayed at Sekizenkan.

Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu bathing room, Shima Onsen

Bathing room

Building in the Taisho era means, it's about 100 years old. In short, this is an important cultural property-like, too. I like such a retro feeling.

Bath of an important cultural property? It's a VIP treatment, you know.

Genrokunoyu has five bathtubs. Nishi-san and Kita-san entered the one of them.

Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu bathtub, Shima Onsen

Bathtub

I wonder the hot water is fresh and a bit salty-like ...

Oh? The hot water is springing out of the bottom, you know. Is this faucet a decoration?

It looks like it was really used in the past. I mean, it has retired now.

Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu former spout, Shima Onsen

Former spout of hot water (currently unused)

By the way, there are five bathtubs, is there any difference?

Who knows?

Well, I'll try another one.

Kita-san moves to the next bathtub.

Genrokunoyu was built in 1930. Strictly speaking, it's not in the Taisho era.

How about? Something different?

Hmmmm ... I wonder the temperature is a little different.

For the time being, Kita-san, who entered all five baths, found a small door on the bathing room wall.

Oh? What's this door?

Try opening it?

Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu steam bath, Shima Onsen

Steam bath

... A chair? Tiled?

Oh, There is an explanation. It's a steam bath. It says putting in hot water and closing the door. In short, it's a sauna, of old type.

Then I'll try it.

Kita-san, who put in hot water and closed the door, came out in just 5 seconds.

Oh? have you already come out?

It's dark, small, and stuffy. I hate this.

Sekizenkan Genrokunoyu bathing room, Shima Onsen

Bathing room

Kita-san did not like an old-fashioned steamed bath, but they enjoyed a time-travel feeling for a while in the bathing room full of "Taisho Roman".

(April 2013)

Since the same hot water is supplied to all five bathtubs, the temperature is basically the same. However, because the precipitates have been attached to the inside of the pipe, the way of hot water is slightly different. So there may be differences in the temperature of each bathtub.

Impression & rating

Hot water that 100% Flowing from the Source is very fresh. Enjoying it in retro atmosphere is very luxurious.

3.5 pt

Impression & rating

The bathing in "Taisho Roman" is a precious experience. But there is almost no washing place and it is hard to use.

2.0 pt

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The Onsen facility

Address
4236-1, Oaza-Shima, Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma District, Gunma Pref.
Phone
domestic: 0279-64-2101
international: +81-279-64-2101
Website
Shima Onsen Sekizenkan
Day trip bathing hours
[Weekday] 10:00 - 17:00 (Last entry at 16:00) [Sat.,Sun., Holiday]
10:00 - 16:00
(Last entry at 15:00)
Regular holiday
Open everyday
Charge
Adult: ¥ 1,500 / 3 - 11 years old: ¥ 1,100 / Under 3 years old: Free of charge
Baths
Gender-separated indoor bath, Mixed bathing indoor bath
(Day trip bathing is available in both indoor baths "Genrokunoyu" (gender-separated) and "Iwaburo" (mixed bathing).)
Facilities
No lockers in the undressing room.
(Genrokunoyu has an undressing room in the bathing room.)
Remarks
Tattoo OK. (If you completely hide it with seals etc.)

The hot spring data
(According to hot spring analysis report etc.)

(Survey date: Feb. 27, 2013)

Spring quality
Sodium / Calcium - Chloride / Sulfate spring (Hypotonic Neutral High temperature spring)
Source name
Meijinoyu
Source
4236-2, Aza-Shinyu, Oaza-Shima, Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma District, Gunma Pref.
Temperature
67.4 ℃ (153.3 ℉)
[air temperature 8 ℃ (46.4 ℉)]
Volume
Not measured (Natural spring)

According to the website of Sekizenkan, more than 900 L / min

pH value
6.6
Total ingredients
1.86 g / kg
Perception
Colorless and transparent

Today's Detour

Sekizenkan Main Building
Sekizenkan staircase Sekizenkan Romantic Tunnel

Sekizenkan History Tour

(Photo above: Main building,
below left: Staircase in the Main Building,
below right: "Romantic tunnel" connecting the Main Building and the mountain villa)

Sekizenkan has a history of over 300 years. Besides a hot spring, it is an architecturally interesting ryokan. It's also fun to walk around the inside of building, find a motif that looks like "Spirited Away". The History Tour will explain the history of Shima Onsen and Sekizenkan, as well as architectural features. So if you have time, it might be a good idea to take part. (Free entry fee, reservation required, about 45 minutes required) (Sekizenkan_ History Tour)

  • The descriptions on this page contain personal opinions and are not necessarily objective facts.
  • The information may have changed at present. In particular, the charge and price etc. has often not updated from the time of travel, so check the latest information on the official website.

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