Kawarayu at Kawarayu (Gunma-ken)
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Entrance fee : 100 yens
Bathing time from 07:00 to 20:00
(19:00 from December to March)
Home page (official web site of Kawarayu in Japanese with limited information on the onsen found in the village)
Maps : Mapfan - Google

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Spring information

Main spring : 72°C

Onsen in Gunma-ken

Chojukan (Hoshi Onsen)
Hamaya ryokan (Kawafuru Onsen)
Takaragawa (Takaragawa)
Anahara yu Toushuukan (Oigami)
Gorokaku (Oigami)
Chuseikan (Shima Onsen)
Chuseikan ryokan (Shima Onsen)
Shima Grand Hotel (Shima Onsen)
Shima Tamura (Shima Onsen)
Sekizenkan (Shima Onsen)
Hotel Kojokaku (Sarugakyo Onsen)
Shirane Onsen (Marunuma Kogen)
Yamaguchi Rotenburo (Shima Onsen)
Kawarayu (Kawarayu)
Mountain View Lodge (Kusatsu Onsen)
Nikawa no yu (Kusatsu Onsen)
Ootaki no yu (Kusatsu Onsen)
Sai no kawara (Kusatsu Onsen)
Shirahata no yu (Kusatsu Onsen)
Manza Prince Hotel (Manza)
Manza Kogen Hotel (Manza)
Manzatei (Manza)
Shiriyaki Onsen (Shiriyaki Onsen)

Other prefectures in Kanto


Other links

J. Olsen's pages in English provide some reports on this bath ..

Some information on the interesting spots of this town, famous for its Autumn foliage.

Details on the future dam which will flood the whole area - including the town of Kawarayu


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Global rating :    
Kawarayu is a very small and nice town located close to the shore of Agatsuma river. The discovery of the hot spring there goes back 800 years ago, by a Buddhist priest named Kawara (another story says that this spring was rather discovered by a shogun, but also at the same period). The town is surrounded by a thick forest, and is known for its waterfall and the gorges created by the river. The public rotenburo is a nice but small bath located on the heights, and is easily accessed from the road. The bath is surrounded by tall trees. Note that the whole area (including the station, the houses and of course this onsen) will disappear soon, as a dam will be built and flood the area.

Size :   
The bath, protected from the rain by a roof, can accommodate 6-8 persons at the same time.

View :    
The bath is at the end of a small path, entirely surrounded by tall trees. View is therefore limited, but the feeling of bathing is a place a little cut from the civilization is really pleasant. Note that in winter, when trees loose their leaves, there is a much nicer view.

Modesty :  
A mixed changing area facing the bath... probably not the best place for women to bath! Sometimes we can see some of them checking the bath, but they never soak in it.

Area :   
The area itself is of limited interest, but is conveniently located on the road going from the Tokyo area to Kusatsu. It is therefore quite easy to just stop here for a small bath on your way home, if you have a car.

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