Many travelled the Nakasendo highway and the SL steam locomotive ran through the pass. The Tokyoya Inn, by the storied land of Usui, was founded in 1893.
Yokokawa is not very famous in travel guide books. There are not many fancy sightseeing spots, but there are many sights and hidden gems, especially for hiking, history or train lovers.
The Nakasendo highway was one of
the "Five Highways", and connected
Edo and Kyoto.
It was an important part of
the transportation network during
the Edo period.
It was the northern counterpart to
the Tokaido highway in the south.
Sakamoto Juku is located
in the east of Usui,
ahead of the Usui Pass
in the west.
It was crowded with travelers
who crossed the pass.
The Tokyoya Inn is conveniently located
a 2-minute walk from JR Yokogawa Station along Nakasendo Road and Sakamoto Juku (the former hotel district).
Reliving the historical experience of old days travelers by hiking the same paths that they did is just one of the pleasures of exploring this area.
Mount Myogi is known as one of the "Japan's Three Unique Landscapes", characterized by the beauty of the natural landscape created by rock formations. Climbing is also popular from spring to fall, and from the summit you can look over the Kanto plain.
The Aputo way is now popular as a boardwalk. The old railway was converted to a trail, starting from the western side of Yokokawa station. After exploring the Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park, you can visit the beautiful, brick-arched, Megane bridge and the Usui lake and forest. There is also a day trip hot spring facility along the way where you can relax.
- A railway theme park where you can "see, touch, and experience" more than a century of railway history just outside the Tokyoya Inn.
- Depending on the time of the season, you can spend your time/visit leisurely while watching the calm lake surface.
- The "Usui Third Bridge" is the largest brick arch bridge in Japan. It is designated as a National Important Cultural Property.
The toast of Tokyoya is a dish of Japanese and Western style mixed cuisine made entirely of handmade items filled with seasonal menu items locally sourced from Gumma prefecture.
This mouth watering fusion will be just one happy memory of your trip.
Each of the five traditional Japanese style rooms features a view of the mountains natural wonders. Each season has its highlights and we invite you to enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation from the comfort of your room as you enjoy the view.
There is one 12 tatami room, one 8 tatami room, and the three, cozier, 6 tatami rooms.
* There is no refrigerator in guest rooms.
From the bathing area you can see Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park and Myogi mountain.
Although there is no natural hot spring, the mountain view from the large, stone, heated bathtubs are ideal to enjoy as you soak.
- About Parking Lot
- There are 5 parking spaces and you can use it free of charge
- About Parking Lot
- There are 5 parking spaces, one per room, available for complimentary guest use.