As a part of our 10 day trip to Japan last month, we spent 2 nights north of Tokyo at the beautiful Satoyama Jujo. After running his first marathon, Michael was eager to get some much needed R&R at one of Japan's renowned ryokans. What better way to work off the aches and pains of 26.2 miles than soaking in a natural hot spring?
I had found Satoyama Jujo on Tablet and was immediately drawn to its perfect location in Japan's heaviest snowfall region. As our bullet train sped its way through the Japanese countryside, we were a bit nervous about the complete lack of snow. In fact, there wasn't a cloud in the sky. However, as soon as the train passed through a tunnel under the Tanigawa mountain range, we were treated to a complete white-out. It couldn't have been more different than sunny Tokyo only 90 minutes away.
For anyone looking for a quick escape from Tokyo, Satoyama Jujo is the perfect destination. The ryokan brings together the best of traditional and modern Japanese architecture. Guests are treated to warm service, healthy and fresh meals, tranquil onsens and jawdropping scenery. Below are some scenes from our 2 night stay!