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[Gunma Prefecture ]The best healing! 4 hot spring resorts with a signature cat

[Gunma Prefecture ]The best healing! 4 hot spring resorts with a signature cat


Love cats while relaxing in a hot spring.
Why not stay at such a dreamy inn?
This time, we have carefully selected from among the many inns in Gunma Prefecture where you can meet "signboard cats".
Let the delicious food, wonderful hot springs, and the cuteness of the cats soothe you.

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Gunma Prefecture is a hot spring powerhouse

There are numerous hot springs in Gunma Prefecture, including Kusatsu, Shima, Ikaho, Mizukami, Oojin, and Manza.
Its abundant spring water is said to be one of the largest in the Kanto region.

In particular, "Kusatsu Onsen ", said to be one of the three best hot springs in Japan, and "Ikaho ", with its symbolic long stone steps, are visited by many people not only from Japan but also from overseas.
Famous hot spring resorts are easily accessible, taking approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours from the city center.
Whether you choose an inn a little deeper in the mountains to enjoy a nothing-but-luxurious holiday, or a lively hot spring village to eat your way around, choose your destination according to your preferences.

Since the area is rich in nature, activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and mountain stream fishing are also available.
Now, if only there was an inn with cats, it would be great!
Let us introduce you to some of the recommended hot spring resorts.

[Kawaba Onsen ]Midorikei no Yujyuku Tokusa

Kawaba Village, Gunma Prefecture.
It is a cozy guest house located deep in the nature-rich "Kawaba Onsen ".
There are no other accommodations or private homes in the vicinity of the inn, creating a truly tranquil environment.
Because of its location deep in the mountains, there is no cell phone reception.
However, the lack of civilization makes the inn a place where you can just relax and enjoy your time.

Just enjoy the tranquility.

There are no TVs in any of the seven rooms available.
However, if you open the window, you can enjoy the fresh green mountain air and hear birdsong.
A walk around the inn in the daylight or in the morning would be refreshing.
The stream of the Usune River, which runs right by the inn, shows us the splendid natural beauty of the area.
This river is home to many river fish such as landlocked salmon and iwana, and is recommended as a base for mountain stream fishing.

Signboard cat of Tokusa, a hot-spring hotel in Midorikei

You can meet two signature cats at Tokusa, a hot-spring hotel in Midorikei.
They are "Nana, a kiji tiger "and "Cha Cha, a brown tiger ".
The two dogs can be found relaxing here and there at the inn, or they can come and visit you in your room.
Cha Cha in particular likes people and serves them well.
Keep the door to the room slightly open while the cat is in the room so that it can enter.
Sometimes, they may even take a relaxing break indoors.

Warm yourself with hot water from our own hot spring!

The hot spring water, which soothes the body and mind along with the cats, is made from a "private source.
Take a relaxing soak in the hot water that has a reputation for making your skin smooth and smooth.
Outside the bath you can see the mountain scenery and hear the sound of the valley flowing.
Bathing while enjoying the background music of nature has a relaxing effect.
The men's baths are rock baths and the women's baths are cypress baths, which are different in style.
While the bathtubs and washrooms are small, they are not crowded because there are not many rooms.
Many cute cat goods are displayed in the museum, so please look for them on your way to the baths.

You can choose from two types of meals: "creative kaiseki cuisine" or "country home-style cuisine.
Whichever you choose, the blessings of the satoyama will be plentiful.
The delicious taste of homemade side dishes, tsukemono, and other dishes that have been prepared with care seems to permeate the body.
The fact that the rice is cooked in an earthenware pot is also a nice touch.
The country home cooking plan offers reasonably priced accommodations, so you may want to consider it for your budget.

"Facility Information "
Name: Tokusa, a hot-spring hotel in Midorigakei
Address: 〒378-0102 1993 Yubara, Kawaba-mura, Gunma
Access: 18 minutes by car from Numata IC
Parking: Available
Phone number: 0278-52-2124
Calculated by: 2 persons at the time of use \9,000~/person

[Kusatsu Onsen ]Kusatsu Onsen Pension Bluebell

The pension is built at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level.
The location is very close to the villa area, so the surrounding area is very quiet.
The atmosphere in the museum is warm and relaxed.
The room windows offer a relaxing view of the surrounding towering mountains.
Let's forget about the daily busyness and relax.

Enjoy your trip by walking around the hot spring village

It takes about 15 minutes to walk to "Kusatsu Onsen town "which is a popular tourist attraction.
It would be a good idea to take a stroll and enjoy eating and sightseeing at Yubatake and other places.
This inn offers a good balance of quiet time and sightseeing time.

Signboard cat of Pension Bluebell

Pension Bluebell's signature cat is here "Sasuke-kun ".
The white fur on the tips of the legs and neck is very stylish.
Sasuke-kun serves guests in the lobby of the inn and sometimes patrols the garden when the weather is nice.
If you see Sasuke-kun, with his cool eyes and irresistible mochi-mochi body, be sure to greet him kindly.

Kusatsu's largest source of hot spring water

Pension Blue Bell's hot spring water is drawn from the Bandai Kougen source and is free-flowing.
The Bandai Mine source is known for its large quantity and high temperature of hot water in Kusatsu Onsen.
It is nice to be able to bathe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It is also possible to enjoy a private bath as a family bath.

The meal is a casual course meal.
Even though the restaurant is casual, it has a large selection of items and is well known for its delicious taste.
Wine and other alcoholic beverages can be ordered, so if you can drink, why not enjoy it with your meal?
Of course, soft drinks are also recommended.
Breakfast includes bread and egg dishes.
Like dinner, the meal is satisfying in both quantity and taste.
Go out with a good energy charge in the morning.

"Facility Information "
Name: Kusatsu Onsen Pension Blue Bell
Address: 464-424 Kusatsu, Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma 377-1711
Access: 1 hour and 15 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC
Parking: Available
Phone number: 0279-88-3705
Price: \9,900/person for 2 persons

[Kusatsu Onsen ]Nakamuraya Ryokan, the inn where you can meet the signboard cat

This is another inn built in Kusatsu Onsen.
If you are going to the Kusatsu Onsen district, you are just outside the front door.
It is conveniently located about a 30-second walk to Yubatake.
If you want to make meeting cats as well as walking around the hot spring resort one of your main activities, please consider it.

Lots of fun spots nearby.

Located a 15-minute walk from Yubatake, the hotel is also within easy access to nearby sightseeing such as "Nishi-no-Kawahara Park "where the gushing hot water creates a river.
There are plenty of cafes and places to eat around the inn.
Enjoy a short walk through the city.

Signboard cat of Nakamuraya Ryokan

Nakamuraya Ryokan currently has nine signboard cats.
We are now serving as Nakayans with four dogs: "Ryu ", a white with pheasant pattern, "Yamato ", a black with white pattern, "Sasuke ", a Saba tiger, and "Kotarou ", a pheasant tiger.
You can see their lovely appearance inside the museum and in the plaza of the inn.
If you are lucky, they will even fir you, which is a must for cat lovers.

Happy to have a private hot spring

A total of five baths are available, all of which can be enjoyed on a private basis.
You can bathe as often as you like, 24 hours a day, so forget about time and relax.
It is also a good idea to visit the hot spring within the inn.
A bath with a low step from the washing area to the bathtub is also available, which will be convenient for trips spanning several generations.

For dinner, we recommend the "Irori Gozen "plan.
You can taste Gunma's brand meat "Akagi beef ", the best quality rainbow trout "Ginhikari ", and locally grown highland vegetables.
Eating food grilled over a slow-burning fire is the most luxurious experience.
For breakfast, dashimaki tamago with a cat's meatball-shaped branding is served, which is also a must-try.
In the morning, you can have your meals prepared in a hall adjacent to the hot spring fields, so be sure to enjoy the view as well.

"Facility Information "
Name: Nakamuraya Ryokan, the inn where you can meet the signature cat
Address: 98, Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma 377-1711
Access: 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC
Parking: Use the 1st floor of the Yubatake tourist parking lot next to the Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal.
Parking service coupon distributed at check-out (except for unaccompanied traveler plan)
Phone number: 0279-88-2209
Price: 11,550 yen per person for 2 persons

[Isobe Onsen ]Takadai Ryokan, the inn of sunset sunset sunset

Inn in Isobe Hot Spring Resort, Annaka City.
As the name suggests, the building is located on a hill and offers a view of Gunma's mountains such as Mt.
The spacious garden, whose expression changes with the seasons, is well worth a visit.
You can also stroll through the garden, so why not visit?
If you time it right, you can also view cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.

Signboard cat of Kodai Ryokan

Several cats live at Takadai Ryokan, including the black-and-white patterned "Peisuke-kun "and the kijiji tiger "Kizio-kun ".
You are especially likely to meet them in the lobby, and some of the more accustomed ones will approach you on their own.
Sometimes they can be seen relaxing on the sofa.
However, some of them are a bit uncomfortable in public, so treat them in a way that is not overbearing.

Relax in the skin-soothing hot water.

The hot springs at Kodai Ryokan are smooth and have little odor.
The water warms up well and does not get cold easily.
Take a relaxing soak in the hot water, which is reputed to leave your skin smooth after bathing.
Both the men's and women's baths are equipped with large baths and open-air baths.

Meals are kaiseki meals featuring seasonal ingredients.
You can enjoy a variety of foods such as Gunma's famous pork, beef, and river fish.
Breakfast, served with porridge cooked with hot spring water, is also a pleasure.
Enjoy Japanese dishes such as fluffy baked rolled egg, which can only be enjoyed at a hot spring hotel.

"Facility Information "
Name: Takadai Ryokan, a sunset sunset inn
Address:〒379-0135 551-6, Gogohara, Anchu-shi, Gunma
Access: 10 minutes by car from Matsuida Myogi IC
Parking: Available
Phone number: 027-385-6006
Calculated by: 2 persons at the time of use \11,000~/person

What you need to know about interacting with signboard cats

There are several manners to be friendly with cats.
Please keep these points in mind so as not to frighten or frighten your cute cats.

1. Do not speak loudly
Cats have very good hearing and are startled by loud noises.
You do not have to use a particularly quiet voice, but try to speak to them in as calm a voice as possible.
Of course, please refrain from making loud noises.
Cats are said to feel more comfortable with high frequency sounds, so talking to them in a high tone makes it easier for them to get along with each other.

2. Movement is quiet.
Cats are basically cautious animals.
If a person larger than their eye level suddenly approaches them, they may run away.
Bend down so that you are close to the cat's eye level and go slowly to the side.
Staring intently into their eyes may frighten them, so please remove your eyes from theirs a little.

3. Do not be persistent or abusive.
As is true even if the person is not a cat, they will not like you if you pester them too much or cause them pain.
If the cat shows even the slightest sign of reluctance, do not pursue it too deeply.

Most of the signboard cats at the inn are basically well accustomed to people, but you will have a more enjoyable time interacting with them if you know the key points.


We introduced inns where you can meet signboard cats in Gunma Prefecture.
We have also compiled a list of points for interacting with cats in a friendly manner.
There are hot springs, delicious meals, and above all, cute cats.
Why not make a travel plan for such an inn?

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