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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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  • Thousand baths and called it. Staff who are near the old mill in the rally. It was bathing nostalgic Showa. The building is very nice
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  • JR shimosuwa station, 8 minutes, close to Lake Suwa. Katakura clan made a fortune in the silk-reeling industry aimed at fringe benefits for the employees and local residents built a hot spring facility can be utilized as a hot spring facility now that. Looks very clean and have a high chimney hot spring facility does not seem useful. I was very surprised and so was made in the early Showa era.
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  • Saw go hear location was used to shoot film thelmaeromae vol. 2 and was fine buildings, but it is better than hot. It was so soft, clear springs. Said the local man came every day. Show the screen of Internet coupons typically 650 yen, but refers to 550 yen.
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As the city of Suwa is famous for its ryokans--traditional Japanese guesthouses built at hot springs--most tourists opt to stay in one of these. Also known as onsen hotels, the establishments offer guests access to swim in the region's healing waters. If you're traveling on a budget, you should consider a homestay, basic hotel, or camping on the west side of the lake.
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