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Experience the world of "Spirited Away" also here! Visit "SEKIZENKAN" in SHIMAN ONSEN of Gunma prefecture where you can enjoy romantic bath of Taisho period.

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Appearance of SEKIZENKAN main building in SHIMAN ONSEN
Gunma prefecture is a paradise of hot springs where approx. 500 hot spring sources are found. There are famous hot springs such as Kusatsu, Manza, Igaho, but this edition features a hot spring inn with a day visit plan in "SHIMAN ONSEN" where 40,000 diseases are cured in the mysterious hot spring. This historical inn has become famous for "a thing".

SHIMAN ONSEN is located in a place isolated deep in the nature. This is the hot spring area which was designated as the first "the nation's health hot spring area". If you go down along the river in the town, there are luxury hotels here and there. Among them, the inn with vermilion balustrade is the oldest heath hot spring in Japan, "SEKIZENKAN".

"SEKIZENKAN" is outstanding from the surrounding atmosphere and if you stand facing to the bridge, you may feel you were pulled toward it. How many guests were accepted in the historic building constructed in 1691? After sliding the weighty rattling door of glass and sitting down to the shiny entrance, it's time trip to Edo period.

SEKIZENKAN has become famous for "a thing". The famous animation film "Spirited Away" used this inn, as a model of hot spring inn, in the film. And then, many tourists come to visit this inn.

If you have seen "Spirited Away", please try to remember the scenes of the film. If not, just enjoy time trip to Edo period and well-preserved hot spring inn and bath.


Article of SHIMAN ONSEN"SEKIZENKAN" - Contents -



1, What is the charm of "SEKIZENKAN", which became a model of Spirited Away?
2, First nation's health hot spring area in Japan! Quality of spring water in SHIMAN ONSEN
3, Basic information of SHIMAN ONSEN "SEKIZENKAN"
4, Access to SHIMAN ONSEN "SEKIZENKAN"
5, "SEKIZENKAN" seen by Google Street View
6, Other one day visit hot spring facilities in SHIMAN ONSEN
7, Comments from YU-NAVI NEWS editorial dept.


1, What is the charm of "SEKIZENKAN", which became a model of Spirited Away?



Let's take a look at the charms of "SEKIZENKAN", which has numerous attractions such as "Romantic bath of Taisho period", "Western style modern bath", "A model of Spirited Away", "The oldest wooden hot spring inn in Japan" and "designated cultural assets in Gunma prefecture".

Open the door and breathtaking world! Must see the Western style modern building of "Genrokunoyu"!




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Speaking of SHIMAN ONSEN "SEKIZENKAN", the first recommendation is "Genrokunoyu".
Most people after opening the door from dressing room toward the bath are stunned with the rare bath.

This Western style modern building bath has semicircular shape window, tiled floor and bathtub of stones. This is unique romantic style of Taisho period.


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The photo is "Morinoyu".

Besides, there are "Morinoyu", which provide negative ion from the forest, reserved "Sansonoyu" and "Iwaburo" rock bath. They are all unique and so attractive. The hot spring source has a plenty of water with 900 liters per minute, and all baths are filled with fresh hot water.

●For your information●

・Only "Genrokunoyu" (indoor bath for men or women) and "Iwaburo" (indoor rock bath for men and women together) are available for one day visitors.

"SEKIZENKAN HONKAN", a model of Spirited Away



Some of old hot spring inns are the model of Spirited Away.Combined with DOGO ONSEN, "SEKIZENKAN" is one of them.That's why the became famous and many tourists come to visit.

If you have seen the film Spirited Away, you will notice where exactly is the model of the film.


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The photo is "Vermilion bridge in front of the main building.

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The photo is "tunnel corridor which connects the main building and Sanso".

You may have been familiar with the "vermilion bridge" and "tunnel corridor connecting the main building and Sanso" from the film. The owner of the inn provides "Spirited Away" tour, and you would be able to hear the background and inside story.


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The main building is the oldest wooden hot spring inn in Japan. Worth visiting once in a life.


2, First nation's health hot spring area in Japan! Quality of spring water in SHIMAN ONSEN




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In SHIMAN ONSEN, there are numerous hot spring sources flowing. Among them, "SEKIZENKAN" has natural spring for their own use.

Spring water quality: Sodium, Calcium, Chloride sulfide salt spring
Temperature: 78℃
Water amount: 900 liters per minute
Benefit: Rheumatism, Motility disturbance, Chronic disease, Menopause and others
Benefit of drinking: Chronic digestive system disease, chronic constipation, Chronic liver and biliary tract disease, Adiposity, Hives and the others


3, Basic information of SHIMAN ONSEN"SEKIZENKAN"



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Name: SHIMAN ONSEN SEKIZENKAN
Name in English:SHIMANONSEN SEKIZENKAN
Postal code: 377-0601
Address: Shiman onsen, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma prefecture
Tel: 0279-64-2101
Closed: No closed day
Hours:

Combination of "Genrokunoyu", "Iwaburo" and the big restroom Sekizenya
10:00~16:00

One day visit bathing fee: ※Prices are of May, 2016.

・1200 yen

Guest room:※Prices are of May, 2016.

・1 room 5400 yen ※4 hours from 11:00 to 17:00

Goods available in the facility:

・Shampoo
・Hair treatment

Other goods:

・Bathtowel/850 yen
・Towel/350 yen

Parking: Gests parkings available.※17 units/free
Official site: http://www.sekizenkan.co.jp/


4, Access to SHIMAN ONSEN "SEKIZENKAN"





Postal code: 377-0601
Address: SHIMAN ONSEN, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma prefecture
Tel: 0279-64-2101
Transportation:

(Train & Bus, Car)

Get off at "Nakanojo" station of JR Agatsuma line, take bus and go to the final terminal.※Approx.40 min.


5, "SEKIZENKAN" seen by Google Street View





You can see the appearance of "SEKIZENKAN HONKAN" and the neighbourhood.



You can see the appearance of "SEKIZENKAN KASHOTEI", the premium service of which is different taste from "SEKIZENKAN HONKAN", which provides historical and precious experience.


6, Other one day visit hot spring facilities in SHIMAN ONSEN



Map of SHIMAN ONSEN

Map and hotel list of SHIMAN ONSEN

Quote: SHIMAN ONSEN association official site/http://shimaonsen.com/one-day/

For the map of SHIMAN ONSEN(PDF), click here.

There are many good quality hot spring inns in SHIMAN ONSEN. Some inns prepare "one day visit" plan. In SHIMAN ONSEN where there are only great nature and hot springs, visiting multiple hot springs is the best way to stay in SHIMAN ONSEN.

Yunoyama Yamabato




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●Only one day visit bathing

Hours: 11:00 ~15:00
Bathing fee: 1H 1000 yen/1 person
Private reserved bath:1H 1000 yen/1 unit

●The other day visit hot spring plan

・a day visit bathing/rest in guest room/Japanese meal plate set ※Lunch

Hours: 11:00 ~14:00
Fee: 6,480 yen

・a day visit bathing/rest in guest room/Japanese meal plate set ※Dinner

Hours: 16:00 ~20:00
Fee: 8,640 yen

For details of one day visit hot spring plan, please see:
http://shima-onsen.jp/index.html

Shiman Yamaguchikan




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●Only one day visit bathing

Hours: 12:00 ~19:00
Bathing fee: 1H 1000 yen/1 person

●The other day visit hot spring plan

・a day visit bathing/rest in guest room/with lunch

Course: Joshu Mochi pork course
Hours: 11:30 ~14:30
Fee: 3,500 yen

・a day visit bathing/rest in guest room/with lunch

Course: Joshu Mochi pork course
Hours: 11:30 ~14:30
Fee: 4,700 yen

For details of one day visit hot spring plan, please see:
http://yamaguchikan.co.jp/sub/higaeri.html

Toshimaya




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●one day visit hot spring plan

・a day visit bathing/rest in guest room/with dinner

Hours: 15:00 ~21:00
Fee: 9,800 yen

※Hand towel, bath towel and yukata (cotton kimono bathrobe) rent included.

For details of one day visit hot spring plan, please see:
http://www.tosimaya.co.jp/higaeri.html

Ayamaya ryokan



●Only one day visit bathing

Hours: 11:00 ~15:00
Bathing fee: 600 yen

●The other day visit hot spring plan

・a day visit bathing/rest in guest room/

Hours: 11:00 ~15:00
Bathing fee: 2,500 yen

・a day visit bathing/rest in guest room/noodles ※Lunch

Hours: 11:00 ~15:00
Fee: 2,500 yen

・a day visit bathing/rest in guest room/Japanese meal plate set ※lunch

Hours: 11:00 ~15:00
Fee: 4,000 yen

For details of one day visit hot spring plan, please see:
http://shima-ayameya.com/spa.htm#higaeri

Tsubataya ryokan



●Only one day visit bathing

If there is no guest room available, so service provided.

Hours: 11:00 ~15:00
Bathing fee: 1000 yen/1 person ※ Up to 2 hours

For details of one day visit hot spring plan, please see:
http://www16.plala.or.jp/tubataya/guidance.html


6, Comments from YU-NAVI NEWS editorial dept.



After becoming a model of Spirited Away, SHIMAN ONSEN "SEKIZENKAN" has become more popular. The name "SEKIZENKAN" has an origin in Genroku era and there is meaning, too. In old time, the name of shops or business used to be inherited from generation to generation. There was a man whose name was Seki Zenbei who run the hot spring inn, in SHIMAN ONSEN, and his nickname favoured by the neighbors was "Sekizen". There is also a Chinese proverb "Sekizen no ie ni yokei ari. (There are plenty of happiness in the house where good behaviors repeated)". That's the reason why the inn was named SEKIZENKAN.

I hope those, who visit SHIMAN ONSEN "SEKIZENKAN" knowing the origin of the name, would share the happiness, too.

In addition to the hot spring inns, there are free visiting hot springs in SHIMAN ONSEN. "Gomusonoyu", located a little far from the town is believed to be the origin of SHIMAN ONSEN. First visit Hiyorimi do shrine and Yakushi do shrine for prayer, and then visit the hot spring which may cure 40,000 diseases. The hot spring water is good for drinking, and there are places where you can drink in addition to Ashiyu place. Please enjoy visiting many places in the town.

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