Takahan (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Town, Niigata
高半 (新潟県 湯沢町)

Takahan is a traditional Japanese ryokan inn located close to the central area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture. Takahan has with a long history and the famous Nobel Prize winning novel 'Yukiguni' (Snow Country) was written by Yasunari Kawabata while staying at Takahan.

Type Ryokan
General location About 750m from GALA Yuzawa and 900m from Yuzawa Kogen, close to central area of Yuzawa town.
Nearest ski lift Less than 1km
Rooms & capacity 36 rooms in total
Bedding Japanese style futons
Style of toilets Japanese style
Bathrooms Some rooms have private bathroom
Tatami mats Yes
Internet access A free WiFi internet connection is available
English speaking? Some staff can communicate in basic English
Smoking policy Smoking is allowed in guest rooms. Rooms will be deodorised by machine on request.
Smoking is not allowed in public spaces (smoking area outside).
Pets policy No pets are allowed
Guest Rooms
Takahan offers traditional Japanese style guest rooms - you need to take off your shoes when entering. After you have settled in your room, please change into the traditional loungewear provided, called ‘Yukata’, and relax on the ‘tatami’ mats.

Each of the 36 rooms are equipped with air conditioning.

30 rooms are furnished with a shower and toilet.

All guests are welcome to use the public onsen hot spring facilities within the hotel.

Room Amenities
Air conditioner
Adult and child yukata
Wash stand
Bath towel
Face towel
Body soap
Hair brush
Shower cap
Hair dryer
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Takahan, Yuzawa, Niigata
Takahan, Yuzawa, Niigata
General Facilities
Bath Rooms

1 Men’s Large Bath (equipped with sauna)
1 Women’s Large Bath (equipped with sauna and outdoor bath)

Spring quality - simple sulfur spring, alkaline P.H.9.6
Effective for - chronic dermatological disease, chronic gynaecological disease, cuts and diabetes


"Kasumi-no-ma" Room where the great novel "Yukiguni" was written
Documents Display Room
Theatre Room


Western Style Banquet Room ‘Kinjo’ (capacity: 200 people)
Japanese style Banquet Room ‘Hakkai-no-ma’
3 medium size banquet rooms
5 small banquet rooms
Multipurpose Hall ‘Takatsukura’ (capacity: 10-15 seats)


Karaoke Room
After-Bath Lounge, Massage Chair Corner
Escalators and Elevators
Coin-Operated Laundry
Vending Machines
Parking Lot (up to 50 cars)
Free Internet Section (featuring wireless LAN and two personal computers)
Traditional Japanese Restaurant ‘Matsuzaka’
Cafe ‘Furo Cafe’

Niigata is famous for the richness of its seasonal ingredients found in the mountains and ocean. Guests can enjoy fresh seafood from local fishing ports, as well as a palate from the local mountains.

Reputed to be Japan’s best brand of rice, ‘Koshihikari’ is produced here in the local area.

‘Nihonshu’ (Japanese sake) is synonymous with Niigata prefecture and there are many famous ‘sake’ breweries in Niigata. Guests can sample a variety of those premium brands here.

Special seasonal dishes are highly recommended - book these special orders in advance.

* The images shown are only examples of our dishes.
* The menu varies with the seasons.
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Payment: Cash
Credit Card (Cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB and UC credit cards are accepted))
By Train
1.5km from the Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.5km from the Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
1.5km from the Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
A station pick-up is available
Takahan is about 1.5km from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station.

A free shuttle bus is available and leaves the station between 8am and 6pm. Please enquire for details.

A hotel bus going to GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen ski and snowboard resorts is also available. For other ski resorts, use the shuttle bus to Echigo Yuzawa Station and from there use the various buses that are available.
By Car
3.4km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
6.8km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: 1.3km from Route 17
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 462
Parking is available for 50 vehicles
Takahan is less than 3.5km from the Yuzawa IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway and just over 1km off Route 17.
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Known as one of the oldest hot-spring hotels in Japan, Takahan has a history dating back 800 years when the founder, Hanroku Takahashi, discovered hot springs here. Since then, the inn has been passed down in the Takahashi family for generations.

The famous Japanese novel, 'Yukiguni' (Snow Country), was written at Takahan by Yasunari Kawabata in the early 20th century. The novel won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This is commemorated at Takahan, including the room where Kawabata stayed and wrote Yukuguni (‘Kasumi-no-ma’, free entry for guests) as well as other related documents.

Takahan is located close to the central area of Yuzawa, overlooking the Shinkansen train line and town area. The ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa and neighbouring Minamiuonuma are within easy reach.
accommodaton Accommodation Name Takahan
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telephone Telephone (within Japan) 025-784-3333
Telephone (from overseas) (81)-25-784-3333
Send direct email info@takahan.co.jp
Official website http://www.takahan.co.jp/
address Postal address Yuzawa 923
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Latest report posted on Friday 21st January 2022