The Sarugakyo Hotel is a modern Japanese inn (Ryokan) in Joshin'etsukogen National Park along the border of Gunma
and Niigata prefectures, and the hotel is built at a place of
scenic beauty facing Lake Akaya to the south and the Tanigawa Mountains to the north. The hotel has open-air
gensen-kakenagashi baths (hot spring water flows into the bath directly from the source) filled with natural hot spring water. The hotel serves a traditional multicourse Japanese dinner called tofu kaiseki using tofu (bean curd) and yuba (tofu skin) made at the factory in the hotel and local seasonal ingredients. The tofu is made every morning, and the menu is changed almost every month. Everything served as a part of the Kaiseki Ryori (traditional Japanese multicourse cuisine), which is healthy and tasty, are the best dishes made with a focus on the finest details. At 8 o’clock after dinner, the mochi-pounding and the telling of folktales will take place in the misogura (bean paste storage) room on the first floor. For breakfast, various tofu dishes are served buffet style.
Based on an idea originally proposed by a senior host in 1989, the hotel has served sophisticated Kaiseki Ryori prepared by the head chef with techniques learned at a high-class Japanese restaurant (called ryotei) and ryokan using seasonal ingredients and tofu products made from high quality soybeans and pure water from Mt. Mikuni at the factory in the hotel. Dishes served at dinner are tofu kaiseki using homemade tofu (bean curd) made from quality water sourced from Mt. Mikuni and quality soybeans. According to the number of guests, tofu is made every morning at the tofu factory in the hotel. This healthy and delicious Kaiseki Ryori consists of dishes made with a focus on the finest details and thus offers guests the taste of seasonal ingredients. Please take your time and enjoy the meal.
For breakfast, various tofu dishes based on the breakfast served in the tofu shop are served buffet style. The menu includes rice cooked in an iron pot, freshly made sukui tofu (extra soft tofu), pleasant smelling dengaku (miso-glazed and grilled tofu), and moccha-jiru made with mixed miso. With a wide range of tofu dishes and freshly baked soymilk breads, as well as Western dishes, we look forward to seeing you in the restaurant.
A bath has been a place where villagers gather and relax since ancient times. Our large bath is a reproduction of the one used at that time, and there are bathtubs made of Japanese hinoki wood in a large private house built in the Yamatomune style (thatch and tile combination roofs).
Minwa-no-Yu consists of Hana-no-yu and Kusa-no-yu, and they are like baths from which we hear folktales. In order to pass on the bath’s role of connecting people to the present, Sarugakyo Hotel has reproduced the same shape of the baths as those from the early times. Open-air baths consists of Ruri-no-yu and Mitta-no-yu that offer a view overlooking Lake Akaya. The baths are surrounded by the sweet smell of cherry blossoms in spring, wisteria flowers in summer, attractive and colorful autumn leaves in autumn, and snow-covered scenery in winter. Also, two chartered (private time reserved) baths, Kaede-no-yu and Sakura-no-yu, where guests can enjoy bathing in private, are available. Kaede-no-yu is very spacious with a capacity of 6 people. Therefore, if you charter the bath for two people, you have enough space to relax and stretch your legs. Sakura-no-yu is an indoor bath with a large window and spacious chartered bath. Look outside to see cherry trees. In spring, enjoy bathing while viewing cherry blossoms
Private baths that can be enjoyed in the private space, your two “maple hot water” and “cherry hot water” available. “Yu maple” is has become a spacious building of the two private baths. Capacity is 6 people, it will be able to extend the legs with a margin as long as it is for two persons.
“Sakura of hot water” in the main bath with large windows, making it a private bath with a feeling of opening. If you look outside the cherry tree is standing, spring will enjoy Yuami overlooking the petals of pink fall dance.
The hotel has 52 rooms available, which include three rooms with open-air baths (Horai, Kazahana, and Fujin), special rooms, and traditional Japanese-style rooms.
Relaxing atmosphere of Japanese style accommodations makes the minds of visitors calm and peaceful. We have a range of rooms, including Japanese-style rooms, semi-Western-style rooms (Japanese-Western style), and rooms with open-air baths available to suit your needs.
Have a nice, relaxing time at the hotel overlooking the lake while feeling the change of the season at Sarugakyo Onsen. We would like to do everything we can to make you feel welcome and comfortable during your stay at our hotel.
TV (satellite broadcasting), air conditioning, toilet with built-in washlet, down bedding, electrical thermo pot, tea set, refrigerator, safe, Wi-Fi connection available (guest room, lobby; *however, we cannot guarantee a permanent connection.)
Towel, bath towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, soap, yukata, hairbrush, shower cap, cotton buds, razor
Japanese-style room (in the main building) overlooking the Tanigawa mountain range from the window.
Semi-Western-style (Japanese-Western) room (in the main building) overlooking Lake Akaya.
Spacious Japanese-style room (approximately 23.17 m2) with indoor bath made of hinoki. The room has a good view with a large window.
Special room facing the lake. (Two Japanese-style rooms equipped with indoor baths made of hinoki and massage machines!)
[Fujin] Japanese-style room (approximately 23.17 m2) with a spacious veranda.＜a guest room with open-air bath made of cast iron＞
[Kazahana] Two Japanese-style rooms (approximately 20.69 m2 and 13.26 m2) with a spacious veranda and an indoor bath made of hinoki.＜a guest room with open-air bath made of hinoki＞ [Horai] Japanese-style room (approximately 20.69 m2) with a twin-bed room and a tea room.
＜Guest room with open-air bath made of hinoki＞
Main Building (Japanese-style rooms or semi-Western (Japanese-Western) rooms)
Conveniently located two hours by car from the Tokyo metropolitan area, Sarugasaki Onsen is a place where visitors can experience the richness of nature. Once you pass the hotel gate, you can feel the restful atmosphere from the stone-paved path.
The lobby has a panoramic view of Lake Akaya. A coffee lounge is located next to the lobby. The lounge accepts credit cards.
A wide range of healthy products, including tofu, ice cream, and miso made in our own factory, are available as souvenirs.
Misogura for folktales and mochi pounding Our signature event is held in the Misogra on the 1st floor at 8 o’clock after dinner. The event starts with mochi pounding where hotel staff in a happi coat call out and guests participate. Next, freshly pounded mochi seasoned with sweetened kinako, (roasted soybean flour) called kinako-mochi is offered to guests. You will feel as if you were lost in the world of the old story when you listen to folktales while eating kinako-mochi. Most of the folktales told by a senior hostess or storyteller are very old stories that have been passed down in this region. There are 500 or more stories.
Batou Kanzeon Bosatsu Eumado (a shrine with votive picture tablets) The shrine is located close to Tsubaki Sanbo. After visiting specific places on the premises, votive picture tablets for matchmaking specially made by the hotel are provided to guests and their loved ones, as well as those seeking a good match. If you write your wishes on the tablet, your wishes may come true.
*Departing at 14:10 from Gokan Station of the JR Joetsu Line.
*Departing at 14:00 from Jyomo Kogen Station of the JR Joetsu Shinkansen
*Please be sure to make prior reservations due to limited seating.
(Tel: +81-278-66-1101 Fax: +81-278-66-1108)
*There is only one return service departing at 10:40 from the hotel.
*For those who cannot take the above shuttle service, please take a fixed-route bus or taxi. We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you take a fixed-route bus, please get off at the last stop called Sarugakyo and call us at the Sarugakyo Hotel. We will pick
you up at the stop between the hours of 14:00 and 18:00.