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The Isobe Spa is known as the location where the spa symbol and the fairy tale "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow" were born. It has been loved since a long time ago by Nakasendo travelers and by spa fans from nearby local communities. Many poets and literature magnates visited this spa to free themselves from the madding crowd. Many monuments of poems stand in the Isobe Park.
The Kirizumi Spa, which is a secret quiet hot spring near the source of the Kirizumi River running along the boundary between the Gunma and Nagano Prefectures, is also well known because it was often visited by Kaoru Osanai, Akiko Yosano, Yaso Saijo, and other literature figures.
You can refresh yourself as much as you like at one of the Western Joshu (Gunma) spa hotels that were loved by and healed many people of literature and art.
磯部温泉

磯部温泉The Isobe Spa has a long history in that it gushed out when Mt. Asama went into a violent eruption in 1783. It is said that the spring quality resembles that of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad in German), which is a world renowned spa in Czech Republic, The spa is a good mineral spring that is good for drinking and bathing.

Strong bicarbonate spring containing copper, iron (II), sodium, and chlorides

The quality of the Isobe Spa is bicarbonate spring. It is called "Finish Spring" because it is very smooth and has the efficacy of producing beautiful skin. The Isobe Spa has venerable history as suggested by the fact that the spa symbol, which is often used in maps, was first used here. In 1661, actually, a lawsuit was raised about land boundaries at Isobe. The decision statement from the Tokugawa Shogunate included the spa symbol. A monument about the spa symbol stands at the place of the leg warming spring in the Isobe Park.

There is another noteworthy story. Sazanami Iwaya, children's literature author in the Meiji era, who is famous for his haiku "Takeno-haru Suzume-chiyofuru Oyadokana (Spring of bamboos, sparrows' home from one thousand years ago), wrote fairy tale "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow" here. Based on this fact, the Isobe Spa is said to be the place where the legend of the Tongue-Cut Sparrow was born.
The Isobe Park also includes other literature memorials associated with Takuji Ote, who was a native of this area, and other renowned writers, such as Sakutaro Hagiwara, Hakushu Kitahara, and Saisei Murou, who visited this place and created haiku poems.
Isn't it a good idea to immerse yourself in the world of literature at Isobe while listening to the murmuring of the Usui River?

宿泊ガイド(磯部温泉エリア)
Facilities name
Address
Tel
Number of rooms
Hotel charge
shitakirisuzumenooyado hoteruisobega-den 1-12-5, Isobe, Annaka-shi
(Five-minute walk from the Isobe Station)
027-385-0085 One hundred nine Japanese-style rooms, Four Western-style rooms、Five mixed-style rooms One night stay 15,700Yen~
suzumenooyadoisobekan 1-5-5, Isobe, Annaka-shi
(Five-minute walk from the Isobe Station)
027-385-6411 Twenty two Japanese-style rooms, Four Western-style rooms One night stay 13,650Yen~
takebayashinoyuyadohayashiya 1-5-21, Isobe, Annaka-shi
(Eight-minute walk from the Isobe Station)
027-385-6011 Twenty nine Japanese-style rooms, One Western-style room One night stay 13,650Yen~
choujyukan 1-13-1, Isobe, Annaka-shi
(Five-minute walk from the Isobe Station)
027-385-6634 Ten Japanese-style rooms One night stay 9,500Yen~
asahikan 1-14-2, Isobe, Annaka-shi
(Five-minute walk from the Isobe Station)
027-385-3434 Eleven Japanese-style rooms One night stay 9,450Yen~
miharukan 1-14-5, Isobe, Annaka-shi
(Three-minute walk from the Isobe Station)
027-385-6934 Ten Japanese-style rooms One night stay 7,350Yen~
kojimayaryokan 1-13-22, Isobe, Annaka-shi
(Seven-minute walk from the Isobe Station)
027-385-6534 Eight Japanese-style rooms One night stay 7,500Yen~
kanponoyado isobe 22,Satohara, Annaka-shi
(Ten-minute walk from the Isobe Station)
027-385-6534 Forty six Japanese-style rooms, Five Western-style rooms One night stay 9,000Yen~
takadairyokan 551-6,Satohara ,Annaka-shi
(Fifteen-minute walk from the Isobe Station)
027-385-6006 Eighteen Japanese-style rooms One night stay 17,850Yen~
sakuraya-sakuemon 1-5-21, Isobe, Annaka-shi(Eight-minute walk from the Isobe Station) 027-384-0088 twenty eight Japanese-style rooms One night stay 10,800Yen~
The fees stated are actually the fees paid by one adult who has stayed over one night in one two-person room and had two meals on a weekday and a holiday, including service charges and tax.
They are effective as of October 2008. They may have been changed. Please contact the hotel about the current fees.



















霧積温泉

霧積温泉Running along the old way of Route 18, which includes the Usui Pass, you will see Tamaya Drive-in. You will proceed along a path towards the mountainous area and arrive at the Kirizumi Spa, which is a secret hot spring at Isobe and the locale of "Human Proof," a novel by Seiichi Morimura.

The Kirizumi Spa is also called the "Spring of Dog" because the hot-water spring was discovered by a dog. In 1888, it was developed as a spa. There is a record proving that Yaso Saijo (a poet whose poem titled "My Old Straw Hat" is included in his poetry anthology later used in "Human Proof"), Rohan Koda, Akiko Yosano, and other renowned people used this place as their resort. This place was attacked by a number of typhoons and only two hotels are in business at present.

Mineral spring: Calcium-sulphated spring

 

宿泊施設ガイド(霧積温泉アリア)
Facilities name
Address
Tel
Number of rooms
Hotel charge
kintoukan 1928, Matsuidamachisakamoto, Annaka-shi 027-395-3851
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One night stay 11,000Yen~
kiridumikan 1668, Matsuidamachisakamoto, Annaka-shi 027-395-3856
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One night stay 10,000Yen~
The fees stated are actually the fees paid by one adult who has stayed over one night in one two-person room and had two meals on a weekday and a holiday, including service charges and tax.
They are effective as of October 2008. They may have been changed. Please contact the hotel about the current fees.