Shima Tamura

Shima, Central Honshu Mountains, Japan

At a Glance

  • A ryokan-style hotel built in the historic onsen town of Shima, in Japan’s densely forested Gunma Prefecture 

  • Several separate hot spring baths are dotted across the hotel grounds, next to tumbling waterfalls and fast-flowing rivers 

  • Explore the forests and valleys of this alpine area, including the small river gorge known as the Kamagafuchi Abyss 

  • Experience a traditional Japanese ryokan stay, sleeping on a Tatami mat and enjoying a kaiseki meal

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The best and most popular times to visit Japan are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in early April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Of course, you can visit Japan anytime although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.

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Surrounded by forests and bubbling hot springs, Shima Tamura is a traditional Japanese ryokan hotel, located in one of Japan’s most picturesque onsen towns in the rural, mountain landscape of Gunma Prefecture.

Amongst the forests and mountains of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park lies the town of Shima Onsen, a sleepy hot spring town home to over forty natural mineral springs. Set at the heart of the small town is Shima Tamura, a traditional Japanese ryokan that dates back to 1563, with its own private onsen springs set within the forest grounds of the hotel. Since its original inception, Shima Tamura has been extended and modernised, yet still has the restorative and therapeutic benefits of hot spring bathing as its heart.  

The rooms are either western or traditionally Japanese in style, some with their own private cedar onsen baths, and each designed in the simple and elegant style for which Japanese ryokans are so famous. Wooden screens, highly polished wooden floors and natural fabrics and finishes create a feeling of harmony with the forest environment, with windows that overlook the woodland, waterfall and hot springs. 

After days spent soaking in the hotel’s different hot springs, enjoy delicious multi-course Kaiseki cuisine - a traditional ryokan experience and the epitome of Japanese fine dining. A selection of freshly prepared local specialities will be served at a low table, with a focus on seasonal ingredients and meticulous preparation, usually followed by a traditional tea ceremony. 

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  • Suwakyo Gorge & Mount Haruna

    Discover the natural highlights on the adjacent area, starting at the scenic Suwakyo Gorge with its riverside location, before boarding the Mount Haruna ropeway for a scenic view of the Kanto Plain.

Location & directions

Shima, Central Honshu Mountains, Japan

Shima Tamura is surrounded by mountains of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park in Japan’s Gunma Prefecture. The hotel is located just a few moments’ walk from the heart of Shima Onsen.  

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