What should we do for a relaxing 3 days in Japan?
WE WILL BE IN JAPAN FOR BUSINESS IN TANAGURA NOT THAT FAR FROM FUKUSHIMA. WE HAVE THREE NIGHTS BEFORE LEAVING NARITA ON SEPTEMBER 6 – ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR A MORE LEISURELY END TO OUR TRIP?
You could make a tour of the Japan Alps but with the time you have available and the request for a soft landing, what about spending the remaining days at a ryokan attached to an onsen, a hot spring? Thanks to the subterranean furnace that lies beneath Japan, the country has about 3,000 natural hot springs, and the Japanese have been enjoying the soothing effects of communal soaking for many centuries before it occurred to Californians to do likewise. A prime choice would be Hoshi Onsen, a trip through the time tunnel. Bathing at Hoshi Onsen takes place at just a single ryokan, Chojukan, regarded by some as Japan’s most beautiful ryokan. Built in 1875, the ryokan sits on both sides of the narrow Nishi River, joined by a covered wooden bridge. The detail in the 37 guest rooms is refined and exquisite, and scrupulously maintained by the Okaumra family, descendants of the original builders. At its heart is the indoor mixed-gender bath. From 8 to 10 pm the bath is reserved for women. There is also a smaller women-only bath, open all hours. Three days might seem a long time to recommend someone to take a bath, but as well a therapeutic soak, this is a deep immersion in Japanese culture, a window on the Japanese soul. For more information and bookings, see Chojukan on the Japanese Guest Houses site . Best access from Tanagura is train to Omiya Station , just north of Tokyo, then change to the Joetsu Shinkansen line to reach Jomokogen train station.