Soft, warm water springs up at the resort surrounded by a great nature and gradually soaks into your soul.
In the mountains close to the border between Gunma Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture, the headwaters of the Tone-gawa River form a narrow stream with a swift current, rushing between the towering peaks. Minakami Onsen is located along this river valley. Sited close to JR Minakami Station, it was formerly a hot spring with a lively entertainment district, visited by crowds of tour groups. However, trains have ceased to stop there since the opening of the Joetsu Shinkansen, so it has become a curative onsen resort for true hot spring devotees, and its brand value appears to have risen as a result. In terms of the spring quality, it is a tasteless, odorless, colorless, transparent simple hot spring. The mineral concentration is low, so it is soft on the skin and warms the body gently. This onsen resort also provided a good place for relaxnig after enjoying outdoor activities such as rafting, bungy jump and snow activities in Minakami Town.
Located at the heart of this onsen resort, the Fureai-Koryu Center is a facility that will delight visitors, providing a range of tourist information about the surrounding area, as well as offering the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing footbath. Another local attraction is the horse-drawn carriage that takes visitors on a tour of the onsen resort, accompanied by the jingling of the horse's harness as it trots along.
If you wish to stretch your legs, you can visit Suwa Gorge, a noted Place of Scenic Beauty. Featuring an abundant variety of sights, including strangely-shaped rocks and massive stones, the clouds of spray raised by the swift current as it collides with the rocks in this gorge are truly magnificent to behold. Drink in this stunning scenery as you enjoy a stroll along the footpath through the gorge.
Address: Yubara, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gumma
Directions: [Rail] 5 minutes on foot from Minakami Station on the JR Joetsu Line (2 hours 20 minutes from Tokyo Station)
[Car] 5 minutes from Minakami Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway