Now you don’t have to stay overnight to enjoy this awesome hotel’s all-natural onsen baths.
When Japanese inn The Ryokan Tokyo opened last year, it seemed to offer just about everything. In addition to low-cost private and dormitory-style rooms, the facility also has its own natural hot spring baths, holds cultural events related to the arts and cuisine of Japan, and even provides cosplay changing areas and backdrops.
And yet, the hotel’s management realized one thing it wasn’t offering was day-use of its onsen (hot springs). That’s an oversight that’s about to be corrected, though, as part of a new cafe that’s about to open on the premises of The Ryokan Tokyo (which is actually located in Kanagawa Prefecture).
Called the Gensen Cafe (gensen being the Japanese word for “hot spring source”), the offers light fare and beverages, and prides itself on sourcing many of its high-quality ingredients from high-quality Japanese farms. Alcoholic drinks, including sake and craft beers, are served after 5 p.m.
With its goal being to provide a place where customers can “relax while thinking about nothing at all,” even the furniture promotes luxurious loafing, with sofas stuffed with soft Yogibo-brand microbead fillings.
But the most attractive part of the Gensen Cafe is its packages that allow you to use The Ryokan Tokyo’s onsen. The Tebura de Hokkori (“No Baggage Unwinding”) Pack includes access to the baths (including bathtowl and washcloth rental), a change of clothes to wear while relaxing inside the building, and a cup of the Gensen Cafe’s house coffee.
In celebration of the cafe’s grand opening on February 24, until March 31 the Tebura de Hokkori Pack costs just 1,500 yen (US$13). It’s a great deal for the triple-dose of relaxation provided by the bath, coffee, and sofas, and if it all has you feeling so good that you don’t want to go home, you can always wander over to the front desk and ask if the inn has any vacancies for the night.
Gensen Café / 源泉カフェ
(part of The Ryokan Tokyo)
Address: Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimo-gun, Yugawara Miyakami 742
Open 2 p.m.-10 p.m. (Monday-Tursday), 2 p.m.-11 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday)
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