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Katakura Hall, Suwa

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Observation Deck Architectural Building
Constructed in 1928 as a public spa house built over natural hot springs, Katakura Hall features nostalgic European-style architecture typical of the roaring 1920s. With two medium-depth marble pools lined by gravel, this historic establishment can take up to 100 people at a time, and its water has no smell of sulfur. Admire the spa house's stained glass and various sculptures, such as two human-size griffons guarding the exit, a small exhibition featuring an antique telephone, and a typewriter once used in the hall. You can order a meal or browse through a small gift shop. Make Katakura Hall part of your personalized Suwa itinerary using our Suwa itinerary builder.
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  • This "shared" public bath house was open in 1929! During the Meiji and Taisho eras, Suwa’s Katakura family made a fortune in the silk industry and used that wealth to build the Katakura-kan bath house...  more »
  • I visited Suwa for business and this was recommended to me because I stayed right across from it. I was told that you could stand in the bath pool. This is not one of those fancy spa-type bath houses....  more »
  • Sunday 18:00 visiting the past. The dining room on the second floor until 18:00 is also there, was. Become a short visit there to break it would not so much. I would like to go a little early now.
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