Sembei Making & Hot Springs Tour Two Hours from Tokyo

Annaka, Japan

Experience hosted by Renée

  1. 5 hours
  2. Hosted in English and French

What you'll do

✽ Experience Japan's top onsen spa town like a local ✽
❤︎ Japanese love 'omiyage' gifts, especially yummy ones to eat. Go in this resort's oldest sembei factory, watch and help the owners bake and shape these delicious, healthy treats that are made from pure spring water. Eat to your heart's content!
❤︎ Heal your body in a gorgeous traditional hot spring foot bath.
❤︎ Learn about the history of this historical onsen village, as well as etiquette for Japanese hot springs bathing.
❤︎ Try your hand at dressing yourself in a comfortable, cotton traditional Japanese inn ‘yukata’ robe and belt.
Walk to the spa in your vacation outfit …. Just like a Japanese person would do during their luxury hot springs stay!
❤︎ One of the only indoor sand spas in Japan is at the spa. Amazing 2h detox experience (reservation required - 3,000 yen per person)
✦Other things to note✦
✓ JR Isobe Station meeting & drop off. 1.5h from Tokyo.
✓ Wear comfortable clothing & shoes for walking.
✓ OK rain or shine.
✓ Let me know of any dietary restrictions.
✓ I can offer tips for shopping, sightseeing and traditional Japanese lodging at Mitsuba House (available on Airbnb)
✽ Experience Japan's top onsen spa town like a local ✽
❤︎ Japanese love 'omiyage' gifts, especially yummy ones to eat. Go in this resort's oldest sembei factory, watch and help the owners bake and shape these delicious, healthy treats that are made from pure spring water. Eat to your heart's content!
❤︎ Heal your body in a gorgeous traditional hot spring foot bath.
❤︎ Learn about the history of this historical onsen village, as we…

What's included

  • Food
    Enjoy authentic Japanese countryside health foods!! All-you-can eat sembei...
  • Equipment
    I'll provide a spa bag with towels. Shampoo w/conditioner & body soap in th...

Accessibility

Free admission for people assisting guests with disabilities

Meet your Host, Renée

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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An expert in wellness and eco tourism, Renée’s guiding style provides just enough information for her guests to feel connected with the people and culture of the region they are visiting, while allowing them the time and space to really seep into their experience and feel the joy of being there.

Her gentle, yet knowledgeable guiding abilities are thanks to her many years of experience in Japan as ….

❑ A wife, mom and friend who values natural living
❑ A scholar and teacher who focuses on intercultural understanding, language learning, and tourism & hospitality
❑ A therapist who cares deeply about the wellbeing of her clients
❑ A volunteer who has disseminated information about and helped preserve the silk history of Gunma

She welcomes you warmly to Gunma. ❤︎
An expert in wellness and eco tourism, Renée’s guiding style provides just enough information for her guests to feel connected with the people and culture of the region they are visiting, while allowing them the time and space to really seep into their experience and feel the joy of being there.

Her gentle, yet knowledgeable guiding abilities are thanks to her many years of experience in Japan as ….

❑ A wife, mom and friend who values natural living
❑ A scholar and te…
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From $86/ person

Private groups only
From $128 per group
Private groups only
From $128 per group
Private groups only
From $128 per group

Where you'll be

Meet at JR Isobe Station, about a 1½ hr train ride from Tokyo. Transfer through JR Takasaki Station, a Shinkansen stop with amazing shopping. Local train & bus from airport or Tokyo OK! 18-min local train to JR Isobe Station (Shin-Etsu line towards Yokokawa). Isobe is a quaint hot spring village. I love my Japanese hometown, and know it's so hard for overseas guests to visit. I'm so happy to help you enjoy a relaxing part of your stay in Japan.

2 reviews

Max
December 2018
This is an incredible experience. Renee is an awesome person, with such a great personality and friendly demeanor. It is extremely nice to have someone who is this enthusiastic and energetic in a country where you do not speak the language and are unfamiliar with the culture. She is extremely knowledgable of the area, and is able to speak to the history and point out to some of the important areas within the city. It was my first time visiting an onsen, and was very nervous but her explanation made everything a lot easier and smoother when I did go in. She also took us to a really great place to eat, it was a great way to start my time here in Japan. I definitely recommend checking this experience out, if anything Renee is an awesome person to talk to and just be around.
Mehak
December 2018
Thank you so much! The hot spring experience was awesome, and it was so helpful to have Renee there to lead us through our first experience at the onsen. The lunch was absolutely delicious and onsen was very comfortable and relaxing. We floated home feeling totally refreshed :)

Choose from available dates

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  • Tue, Jan 25
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Private groups only
    From $128 per group
  • Tue, Feb 1
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Private groups only
    From $128 per group
  • Tue, Feb 8
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Private groups only
    From $128 per group
  • Tue, Feb 15
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Private groups only
    From $128 per group

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 2 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
Toiletries for in the bath if you prefer your own shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc, and for after the bath.
Umbrella
Water or tea bottle/thermos: You can bring it in the bath area. It's good to stay hydrated!

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.