Access Guide

How to Get to Takaragawa

Last updated: March 28, 2024

A hidden onsen getaway on the Takara River in Minakami, Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku has become popular for its open-air baths on the riverbanks. You can reach Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku by train and bus from Tokyo via Jomo-Kogen Station.

Recommended Route

Recommended Route PC
Recommended Route SP

You can reach Takaragawa Onsen in less than 3 hours by train and bus from Tokyo. The Joetsu Shinkansen runs from Tokyo Station to Jomo-Kogen Station in around 70 minutes. From there, you can transfer to a bus to Minakami Station, and then a bus to Takaragawa Iriguchi. Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku offers a free transfer from the bus stop to the onsen for hotel guests and day visitors.

Tokyo Station

You can board Hokuriku and Joetsu shinkansen services at Tokyo Station.

Joetsu Shinkansen

Actual design may differ from the image shown.

Joetsu Shinkansen trains from Tokyo Station reach Jomo-Kogen Station in around 70 minutes. The shinkansen to Jomo-Kogen Station is covered by the JR TOKYO Wide Pass and JR EAST Pass, and others.

Jomo-Kogen Station

img ag 07 rec 03 01
img ag 07 rec 03 02

Jomo-Kogen Station is the gateway to northwest Gunma. You can reach the station in around 70 minutes on the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo. You can board buses to Minakami Station at Bus Stop No. 1 near the east exit of the station. The Tone Numata Tourist Information Center is located inside Jomo-Kogen Station, and the Minakami Town Tourism Association is near the east exit of the station. At these facilities, you can store luggage and buy the Minakami Area Pass which can be used for buses in the Minakami area.

Bus to Minakami Station

img ag 07 rec 04 01
img ag 07 rec 04 02
img ag 07 rec 04 03

Actual design may differ from the image shown.

At Jomo-Kogen Station, take a Minakami Line bus (Bus Stop No.1) bound for Tanigawadake Ropeway Station, to Minakami Station. The trip takes about 20 minutes. The bus is covered by the Minakami Area Pass. If you do not have a pass, you can pay the fare in cash or with a transportation IC card as you exit the bus.

Minakami Station

img ag 07 rec 05 01
img ag 07 rec 05 02

Minakami Station is served by the local JR Joetsu Line. The surrounding Minakami area is home to a wealth of seasonal activities and onsen hotels. From Minakami Station, you can board buses bound for Tanigawadake Ropeway, Takaragawa Iriguchi and Jomo-Kogen Station.

Bus to Takaragawa Iriguchi

img ag 07 rec 06 01
img ag 07 rec 06 02
img ag 07 rec 06 03
img ag 07 rec 06 04

Actual design may differ from the image shown.

Take a bus (Kan-etsu Transportation) from Minakami Station to Takaragawa Iriguchi bus stop. Buses for Takaragawa Iriguchi depart from Bus Stop No. 4 in front of Minakami Station, and the journey takes around 30 minutes. When you get on the bus, tell the driver you want to go to Takaragawa Onsen. The bus is covered by the Minakami Area Pass. If you do not have a pass, you can pay the fare in cash or with a transportation IC card as you exit the bus.

Goal: Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku

img ag 07 rec 07 01
img ag 07 rec 07 02

Actual design may differ from the image shown.

From Takaragawa Iriguchi bus stop, you can take a free transfer provided by Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku to the hotel. Both day trip visitors and hotel guests can use this service. The onsen baths are available for day use, but an overnight stay is the best option to relax and recharge.

Optional Route

Optional Route PC
Optional Route SP

If you are staying at Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku, the hotel offers a free shuttle bus transfer directly from Jomo-Kogen Station (advanced reservation is required).

Tokyo Station

You can board Hokuriku and Joetsu shinkansen services at Tokyo Station.

Joetsu Shinkansen

Actual design may differ from the image shown.

Joetsu Shinkansen trains from Tokyo Station reach Jomo-Kogen Station in around 70 minutes. The shinkansen to Jomo-Kogen Station is covered by the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, the JR East Pass and others.

Jomo-Kogen Station

img ag 07 opt 03 01
img ag 07 opt 03 02

Jomo-Kogen Station is the gateway to northwest Gunma. You can reach the station in around 70 minutes on the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo. You can board buses bound for the Sarugakyo Bus Stop at Bus Stop No. 3 near the east exit of the station. The Tone Numata Tourist Information Center is located inside Jomo-Kogen Station, and the Minakami Town Tourism Association is near the east exit of the station. At these facilities, you can store luggage and buy the Minakami Area Pass which can be used for buses in the Minakami area.

Shuttle Bus to Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku

Actual design may differ from the image shown.

Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku provides two free daily shuttle bus transfers from Jomo-Kogen Station to the hotel for guests staying overnight. There is also one daily service from Minakami Station. Contact the hotel before you travel.

Goal: Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku

img ag 07 opt 05 01
img ag 07 opt 05 02
img ag 07 opt 05 03

Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku is a hidden onsen retreat on the Takara River. The hotel is popular for its beautiful indoor and outdoor baths and charming atmosphere. The onsen baths are available for day use, but an overnight stay is the best option to relax and recharge.

Travel Tips

You can use the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Pass, and other JR passes for trains on this route. However, bus fares must be paid separately. You can use the Minakami Area Pass for unlimited travel on buses in Minakami for 3 days. You can buy the pass at Tone Numata Tourist Information Center and the Minakami Tourism Association. There are many passes and travel combinations to discover, so use the links below to find your ideal travel plan.

- JR East Pass
- JR Tokyo Wide Pass
- Japan Rail Pass
- JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass
- Information on the Minakami Area Pass

Save time and purchase train tickets and passes, and reserve seats online, before you travel.

Related See & Do

Accommodation

Stay overnight at Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku to enjoy kaiseki meals as well as stunning riverside open-air baths and gender-separate indoor baths. There is also a wide range of accommodations in Minakami Onsen, with convenient access to Minakami Station.

Home Plan Your Trip Access Guide How to Get to Takaragawa