Become an onsen fan and learn more about Japan!
You cannot go back home without soaking yourself into an authentic onsen(hot spring) . Don't know where to go? Have limited time? Here are some tips for the busy travelers.
1. For those who are staying in Tokyo and have only half day off go to: Ashinoyu, Hakone(Kanagawa
2. For those who are staying in Tokyo and have a day off go to: Kusatsu(Gunma) or Naruko(Miyagi)
3. For those who have a weekend off go to: Beppu(Oita), Noboribetsu(Hokkaido), Nyuto(Akita)(or basically anywere you wish to go).
Ask Sonoe for Onsen details-- unae(at)unagi-travel.com
Nearest station: Tsurumaki Onsen Station, 5-minute-walk (about an hour from Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Price: 1700 yen(comes with one drink) 11:30am-8pm, 3800yen/5200yen-(comes with a lunch, but please check with the ryokan for details. Prior reservation via website is required)
Notes: This ryokan is located only an hour away from central Tokyo. If you only have a day or two to stay, Jinya would be a great place to experience ryokan and onsen. Especially for ANIME fans!! This ryokan is run by Hayao Miyazaki's relative. It is said that his experience at this ryokan inspired him to create some of his films. There is a totoro tree in the garden. I was IMPRESSED!!