A ryokan where you can experience the warmth of the Snow Country hearth

This is a ryokan with a very relaxing feel that is located along the banks of the Tone River. The ryokan supports several initiatives to protect the environment such as the AKAYA project, and at the same time also provide opportunities for guests to connect with the local nature with observation trips and other activities. Meals are taken around the irori (open hearth) and are mostly traditional dishes consisting of local ingredients, so you really get the experience of Yukiguni cuisine.

& Location

Tatsumikan is a quiet hot spring ryokan located on the banks of the river. The Tone River flows alongside the building and it is the river in Japan with the largest catchment area. The ryokan also has views of the Tanigawa Range which are the impressive peaks that form the boundary between Niigata and Gunma prefectures. The town in which Tatsumikan is located, Minakami, is especially proud of its beautiful nature. The area is one where humans and nature have successfully coexisted for a long time, and this relationship has been recognized by UNESCO which has designated the region as one of its Biosphere Reserves.


This region has several initiatives that are supporting the local environment such as the AKAYA project which is encouraging biodiversity in Akaya forest, and MINAKAMI Oasis which aims to promote the deliicious natural water of the area. Tatsumikan is involved in supporting all of these initiatives, and also offers daily experience programs that involve the nature of the region. These programs have many different themes such as going out into the wild to investigate medicinal herbs and wild plants that have health benefits, firefly or star gazing, workshops that employ different species of tree, as well as other events throughout the year.
The water from this area is also a highly regarded resource both for its quality and quantity. Tatsumikan make sure they guests understand how great the water is and that it is freely available from the taps throughout the whole establishment. The quality of the water coming into the ryokan is also carefully monitored, and the residual chlorine levels are checked weekly.

Local Community
& Culture

One of the main attractions at Tatsumikan is the meal around the irori hearth. Local dishes are grilled over special charcoal and include river fish such as iwana and yamame, Joshu beef which is raised in Gunma, and the well-known Akagi chicken. It is always a memorable experience to enjoy this kind of meal with its unique atmosphere and warmth.
As for the onsen, there are different kinds of bath like an open air onsen with views of the Japanese garden, and a bath made of cypress. The most famous though is the Haniwa bath. It is decorated with a reproduction of a famous local scene done by the painter Kiyoshi Yamashita who was active from 1934 to 1971, depicting Omine Pond and Mount Tanigawa. There is also a Haniwa on display in the bath which was a doll that was used in burial rituals during the Kofun period over one thousand five hundred years ago, so this bathing area has a very unique atmosphere.
Over eighty percent of the staff are locals and Tatsumikan is also actively encouraging diversity.

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TIMELESS YUKIGUNI is an accommodation brand that provides modern travelers with a genuine experience based on the nature and culture of Yukiguni which has been passed down from previous generations, while considering the effects on the future local economy, society and environment. We strive to provide a wonderful stay through our accommodation, cuisine, and cultural experiences.


Address2052 Kamimoku, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma



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