Japanese inn Kashiwaya Ryokan offers traditional-style rooms with a private balcony. The spa hotel features private open-air natural hot spring baths, a restaurant and free-use bicycles. Free WiFi is available in all areas except in the public bath area. The cozy traditional-style rooms at Ryokan Kashiwaya feature a living area with tatami-mat flooring. They are furnished with a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar and a tea/coffee maker. Guests can reserve one of the Ryokan’s three open-air baths, or unwind in the public indoor bath. Other facilities include a library, a souvenir shop and drink vending machines. The Japanese inn’s restaurant serves a delicious Western and local breakfast, specializing in seasonal local dishes. Hot drinks can be savored in the Coffee Lounge, which offers free Wi-Fi. Located in the famous Shima Onsen resort area, Kashiwaya is a 20-minute walk from the shopping street. A popular activity is to try different hot spring baths in the vicinity. It is located about a 30-minute drive away from JR Nakanojo Station. A direct highway bus runs from Tokyo station to Nakanojo Station daily. Ikaho Hot Spring Village is a 50-minute drive away.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.0)

Free Private Parking Available On Site

Open-air bath, ​Public Bath, ​Hot spring bath


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  • Matthew
    Canada Canada
    Exceptional hospitality and service at this ryokan. Fairly easy to find and access the bus. The meals and breakfasts were perfect and they give you a wide array of food based on your choice. The rooms were of traditional Japanese style and the...
  • Maria
    Philippines Philippines
    It offered 3 private onsens The staff were helpful, friendly and cheerful. The kaiseki dinner and Japanese breakfast were beautifully prepared and delicious.
  • Kelly
    United States of America United States of America
    The stay was excellent with amazing facilities, beautiful outdoor baths, and excellent meals! The town was also delightful to visit and walk around in.

Hosted by Masuo Kashiwabara

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Masuo Kashiwabara
We are a quaint traditional Japanese-style hotel (Ryokan) nestled in the Shima Onsen resort, offering a cozy atmosphere with only 14 rooms. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Japanese culture with our authentic cuisine, traditional rooms, and private open-air onsen baths. Experience the essence of Japanese onsen culture with the convenience of three traditional open-air private onsen baths available for unlimited use during your stay. Moreover, our facility welcomes guests with tattoos, providing a discreet environment where you can enjoy the onsen without worry. While our English proficiency is limited, our sincere and warm hospitality extends a heartfelt welcome to foreign guests. Shima Onsen, located just 3 hours from central Tokyo, is renowned for its old-fashioned streets, serene ambiance, and scenic features like rivers, lakes with special blue water, and surrounding mountains.
About Shima Onsen : Shima Onsen itself is a tranquil retreat along the crystal-clear Shima River, known for its hot springs that are believed to cure a myriad of ailments, with "shima" meaning "40,000" in reference to the purported number of illnesses treated. The resort exudes a traditional charm, capturing the hearts of visitors with its nostalgic atmosphere. Notably, Shima Onsen has gained fame as one of the inspirations for the onsen ryokan featured in the animated film "Spirited Away."
Languages spoken: English,Japanese

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Amenities of Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan
Great facilities! Review score, 9.7

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Room service
  • Family rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Bidet
  • Toilet
  • Shared bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • River view
  • Mountain view
  • View
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Tatami (traditional Japanese flooring)
  • Bicycle rental
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Tennis court
    Additional chargeOff-site
Living Area
  • Sitting area
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kids' meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
Wifi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Vending machine (drinks)
    • Concierge
    • Baggage storage
    • Fax/Photocopying
      Additional charge
    • Meeting/Banquet facilities
    • Room service
    Entertainment & Family Services
    • Board games/Puzzles
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CCTV outside property
    • CCTV in common areas
    • Smoke alarms
    • Security alarm
    • Key access
    • 24-hour security
    • Safe
    • Designated smoking area
    • Air conditioning
    • Smoke-free property
    • Heating
    • Family rooms
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
    • Public Bath
    • Open-air bath
    • Hot spring bath
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • Japanese

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    House rules

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    From 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM


    From 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.


    The entrance to the property is closed between 9:00 PM and 7:00 AM

    Children & Beds

    Child policies

    Children not allowed.

    Crib and extra bed policies

    Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

    Age restriction

    The minimum age for check-in is 18

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    Smoking is not allowed.


    Parties/events are not allowed

    Quiet hours

    Guests need be quiet between 9:00 PM and 7:00 AM.


    Pets are not allowed.

    The fine print
    Must-know information for guests at this property

    This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

    Quiet hours are between 21:00:00 and 07:00:00.

    FAQs about Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan

    • Yes, Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan is popular with guests booking family stays.

    • The prices at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

    • Check-in at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.

    • Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan is 6.8 miles from the center of Nakanojo. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Room options at Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan include:

      • Triple
      • Twin

    • Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

      • Cycling
      • Hiking
      • Tennis court
      • Fishing
      • Canoeing
      • Public Bath
      • Hot spring bath
      • Bicycle rental
      • Open-air bath