Enjoy a hot-spring-town atmosphere and a gorgeous building where master carpenters showcased their extraordinary skills
Tokaikan is a cultural facility in Ito Onsen that preserves the gorgeous architecture of the early Showa period. The building was originally a traditional Japanese hot-spring hotel, established in 1928. However, despite being much loved by many people, it closed its doors in 1997. The building had been jointly constructed by three master carpenters. After the hotel closed, its cultural value was recognized anew, and it was donated to Ito City. It was subsequently renovated and given a new life as a popular sightseeing destination for day-trippers to enjoy hot spring baths (fee required). Besides enjoying the baths, visitors can also see guest rooms and a banquet hall from the hotel era (fee required). These offer a close-up look at exquisite architectural details crafted in high-grade materials like cedar and cypress. Immerse yourself in the beauty of traditional Japanese architecture while soaking in the warm, hot-spring-town atmosphere.
The lookout tower at the very top of the building was added in 1949, and became very popular at the time for its splendid views.
Upper left: The entrance is decorated with a bargeboard engraved with a rising sun and crane. Upper right: The 120-tatami-mat banquet hall is said to have been the scene of a lively party almost every night. Bottom: The lion-shaped hot spring water tap in the big bath is still just as it used to be.
|Spring quality||Simple alkaline hot spring (alkaline hypotonic low-temperature spring)|
|Address||Higashimatsubara-cho 12-10, Ito City, Shizuoka|
|Phone||+81-557-36-2004 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Baths: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
* There is one big bath and one small bath. They alternate between being the men's bath and women's bath.
* The bath opening hours are subject to change. Please check the website for details.
|Holidays||The 3rd Tuesday (The following day if Tuesday is a holiday)
* The baths are only open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
|Admission fee||Adults 200 yen
Elementary school students and junior high school students 100 yen
Bath entrance fee (Includes admission fee)
Adults (junior high school age and over) 500 yen
Children 300 yen
|Access||Take the JR Ito Line from "Atami Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 22 minutes. Alight at "Ito Station" and walk for approx. 10 minutes.|
|URL||Ito Tourism Association
updated on Oct 1, 2019
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