How to spend time at Yoshinoya

First day

Once you arrive at Yoshinoya, take a moment to relax in our lobby lounge. Then check-in and head straight to your room.
Lay in the futon bedding in your room and take in the aroma of the rush as you begin your trip.
Changing into the samue clothing available in the room increases the hot spring atmosphere. They have a wide variety of sizes to fit everyone from small children to large adults so I was able to choose the perfect size. Place the necessary belongings into your bath basket and put on your setta sandals to really set the mood. Now let’s go out for a walk. It only took two minutes reach the yubatake, which was bustling with people. It feels like you are in a garden.

 

Changing into the samue clothing available in the room increases the hot spring atmosphere. They have a wide variety of sizes to fit everyone from small children to large adults so I was able to choose the perfect size. Place the necessary belongings into your bath basket and put on your setta sandals to really set the mood. Now let’s go out for a walk. It only took two minutes reach the yubatake, which was bustling with people. It feels like you are in a garden.

Exploring Gozanoyu and sotoyu (public hot springs without the accommodations)
Kusatsu no yu is a must if you come to Kusatsu!
The community bath “Goza no yu”, newly opened in 2013, allows you to enjoy two types of hot springs. This site is also only a two minute walk from Yoshinoya. Adjacent to the yubatake, you can enjoy the “true scenery of Kusatsu” by viewing the entire yubatake from the hall. Kusatsu has many other sotoyu and many of them are free of charge to provide endless enjoyment.

After you freshen up from your travels, enjoy a stroll through the distinctive onsen town. Visit gift shops and museums. Enjoy the tastes of Onsen-manju(a bun stuffed with azuki-bean paste), hot spring boiled eggs, and the many other popular delights as you explore the town. If you feel like you need a break, you can even return to your room for a calming nap on the relaxing futon.

Since you were snacking during your stroll through the town, you might not feel hungry until a little later. Eating dinner outside the inn means you can eat whenever you want and whatever you feel like eating. But since it can be difficult to choose from among so many options, I went back to Yoshinoya and asked the concierge for a recommendation. It’s best to ask a concierge, who can provide seasonal recommendations and is familiar with the area. Time flies when you are enjoying alcoholic beverages and delicious food. 

The sense of relaxation you get when you go back to your room.
A trip to the bath in Yoshinoya before going to bed. Enjoy the quality of this naturally drawn hot spring.
And what’s better than free ice cream in the lounge after your bath!

Second day

Light breakfast is available in the lounge, which is bright with the morning sun.
This wonderful free service offers a selection of drinks, breads, and more.
Go any time you like between 7:00am and 9:00am.

Even after checkout guests may leave their cars parked at the inn until 12pm, which gave me time to check the gift shops once again as well as visit places I didn’t have time to see yesterday like the Sainokawara hot spring and the large open air hot spring. After departure, I plan to head to Shima Onsen for one final dip in the hot springs.
Enjoyment level for this trip: 120%!

Since long ago the Kusatsu Onsen has been well known as a place to treat ailments. Due to the extreme acidity of the water, in the Edo Period, people healed rough skin by the hot spring cure in the acid spring in a hot spring called a finishing bath (shiage no yu). Shima Onsen, also located in Gunma Prefecture, was known as the finishing bath for the Kusatsu Onsen. Shima Onsen is located on the return from Kusatsu to Edo (Tokyo) and the soft spring water consisting of a mixture of sodium and calcium was perfect on the skin. Still known today as a finishing bath, the hot spring is popular for helping moisturize and soften skin that would otherwise become dried out by the acidic springs. We invite you to enjoy the Kusatsu finishing bath by visiting our sister inn “TOKIWASURE no YADO Yoshimoto”.