Communal Bath with a View and Connected Open-Air Bath, Looking Out at the Zao Mountains
Kappa no Yu / Tougen no Yu
Ryokan Sanjiro is proud of its communal large baths with views and connected open-air baths: Kappa no Yu, which has tatami mats laid out by it, and Tougen no Yu, a bath made entirely of cypress wood and gives off the fragrance of cypress.
Long ago, it's said that some kappas who were accompanying a princess from Kyoto on a long journey east healed their fatigue and wounds from travel here. After that, this plentiful cloudy spring was affectionately called the Kappa no Yu (kappa's hot spring). From every bath you can see the Zao mountains all the way to their skirts. The view from the open-air bath is particularly good, and you can gaze at the majestic mountain range that changes with the seasons. Seeing it will surely release your mind and body from the stress of daily life. Note: The baths alternate between being open to men and being open to women.Hair dryers (equipped/lent out) / Soap (liquid) / Body wash / All-in-one shampoo
＜Four Different Private Baths＞
Each bath has a different feel, and you can enjoy bathing in a private space without reserve. All baths are lavish, free-flowing baths. They can be used by both overnight guests and day trip guests.
Note: Reservations can be made when checking in. Please note that we do not accept reservations in advance.
If you open the door and windows in the Forest Bath, you can enjoy the airy feeling of a half-open-air bath. Take deep breaths while you soak, and your body and mind will both relax. There is also a terrace next to the bath, so take a break and feel the breeze of the forest.
A lavish private open-air bath made out of cypress wood. In the spring and summer, there are lively green leaves, in the fall the leaves are dark red... In winter, you can feel the snow cooling your flushed body. In this bath, you can enjoy all the seasons.
A bath that gives off a nostalgic atmosphere reminiscent of the Taisho Period. Its main features are the octagonal bathtub and thick pillar. The bathing area is spacious, so it's recommended for families. Spend some time reminiscing in this completely private space.
This space gives off a similar excitement and mysterious calm as you get when stepping into a kamakura (snow hut). The ceiling is dome-shaped, and the gentle steam wraps around your body. The windows are purposefully small, letting in only a little light, so you can enjoy the bath with a calm mind.
Specially Picked Ingredients The Luxury of "Local Produce"
This ryokan is one of the Food Kingdom Miyagi Local Production for Local Consumption Promotion Establishments, sponsored by the prefecture. We are proud to use Miyagi rice and miso, freshly harvested vegetables, and wild vegetables and fruits that can only be tasted in this locality that lives in harmony with nature. We also get fresh seafood and dairy products sent to us from the markets every morning. Each ingredient's taste is brought out by the skills of our head chef before the delicacies are served to the table.
Our specialty, with a texture that can only be eaten at Sanjiro, is debeso chawanmushi (savory egg custard). Note: Photo on the left We make the stock out of flying fish specially procured from Kyushu, and as you eat it, it becomes viscous like clear soup. Please savor this inventive, elaborate dish.
Kamado, a warm restaurant with warm meals
"Yogugozarisutanai" ("welcome" in the dialect of the Togatta region) is written on the shop curtain hanging at the entrance. Pass through it to enter a calm, somehow nostalgic wooden dining hall lit with warm, orange light. Enjoy a meal without worrying about others in this private space of rooms separated with warm latticework.
Please try our delicious, freshly steamed rice made on the traditional wood cook stove.
A Breakfast That Gives You Energy
Prepared with a focus on carefully selected local ingredients, our colorful breakfast will bestow energy upon your body and mind. Eat plenty to store up energy for the day.
We use local, Togatta tofu. Even the broth is tasty, so the dish is highly praised.
We use Miyagi-grown koshihikari rice.
Our soup uses a carefully made dashi stock and special blend of Miyagi-made misos—a fragrant miso, and a miso with a complex taste.
Authentic Japanese-Style Guest Rooms with a Calm Atmosphere
Spend your holiday however you like in a room filled with a nostalgic Japanese atmosphere.
A spacious guest room with two connected rooms. Perfect for families and groups
A guest room recommended for families with children or groups who want to have a lively vacation. Because of the building in front, these rooms do not have as nice a view as the others, so they are the least expensive.
A Japanese-style guest room with a panoramic view of the Zao mountain range
This room boasts the best view in the ryokan, a panoramic spread of the majestic Zao mountain range. These rooms charm visitors with scenery that changes by the season. Some of the rooms have cypress wood bathtubs. (These are not hot spring baths.) There are also rooms that look out over the mountains behind the ryokan. These rooms are great for spending time leisurely with activities like reading.
En-suite bath and restroom (some rooms have cypress wood bathtubs), television, satellite broadcasting, telephone, tea set, refrigerator, hair dryer (some rooms equipped, others can borrow), yukatas, bath towels, hand towels, toothbrushes, refrigerator (drinks inside the refrigerator cost extra)
A quiet hall in the Sukiya style, separated off from the other rooms. There are only two guest rooms in this special place: Haginoma and Tsukinoma. Separated from the hustle and bustle of daily life, this space will allow you to fully rest your mind and body. This stillness is also part of our hospitality.
En-suite bath and restroom, television, satellite broadcasting, telephone, tea set, refrigerator, hair dryer (equipped), yukatas, bath towels, hand towels, razors, shower caps, toothbrushes, refrigerator (drinks inside the refrigerator cost extra)
When you enter the building, you will find yourself in the main lobby. Once you remove your shoes, please put on the slippers provided for use inside the ryokan. Check in at the front desk on the right side of the lobby.
Once check-in is done, we will serve tea in the lounge. Enjoy it along with our recommended product, green chili miso. Take a break here and soothe your travel weariness. (Tea is served here until 17:30.)
The owner of the ryokan will serve tea especially for overnight guests. Are you interested in hearing about the history of this ryokan, Zao Town, and the Togatta Onsen area from the owner? Drop by on your way to breakfast. (Unscheduled, approx. 1 hour starting at 7:30)
At our shop, we sell our original products, green chili miso and kappa his and her sake pitchers, as well as various other specialties of Zao. Buy a souvenir to remind yourself of your trip to Ryokan Sanjiro, or as a gift for a loved one.
Ryokan Sanjiro is known as "Kappa no Yado" ("lodging for kappas"). This is a gallery of kappas gathered from all over Japan by the previous owner. A hint about the origin of the "Kappa no Yado" name is in the Wakimizu cafe on the 2nd floor.
Taro (Western-style room): Occupancy 15 persons Hours: 20:30 to 22:00 (reception closes) Use this as an after-party room if you haven't drank or sang enough.Of course, we also welcome use by small groups like couples.