Facility & Service

The services and facilities at ryugon have been specially enhanced to enable the very best stay possible for our guests and create an unique experience.


ryugon is situated in Minami Uonuma city which is the area that produces a brand of Koshihikari rice that is famous all over Japan. Breakfast is freshly cooked white rice accompanied by a selection of side dishes that are unique to the Snow Country Region and the perfect accompaniment to rice. There are also freshly baked breads, pastries, cookies, and fresh juices. Once you have woken and depending on what you feel like for that day you can come along and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Breakfast is served from 7:30-10:30


The Lounge at ryungon is ready throughout the day to serve guests with coffee, soft drinks, and snacks. There are a variety of seating options from open Japanese style to more private feeling sofas - feel free to spend all day reading in comfort, or as a space to sit and work remotely. Relax and contemplate the abundant rich nature at the foot of Mount Sakado


At the entrance to ryugon is a earthern floored space where you can experience life in Snow Country Uonuma. At lunch time some local grandmothers hold cooking classes making traditional Snow Country dishes. There is also a cafe in the same place so you can drop in before check-in or after exploring some of the local attractions. Lunch boxes are available for guests or those who have just checked out.

Cooking Class 11:30〜13:00(Bookings required)

Price3,850 yen (Cooking experience, lunch)

ryugon cafe 11:00-16:30 (L.O.16:00)

PriceAfternoon Sweets set for 2 people with drink 2,310yen
Onsen Water Coffee 583yen
Cold Brew Onsen Water Coffee 638yen
There are also sweets and other drinks available.

Lunch boxes can be arranged

PriceOnigiri 880 yen
Bento Box 2,750 yen

Programs for Guests

There are a variety of programs held at ryugon for guests. Live performances of shamisen and folk songs, sake tastings and workshops, as well as other cultural experiences. There are also spaces for yoga or sitting zen meditation. ryugon has an activity centre where you can rent bicycles or hiking shoes, use traditional cooking pots in cooking classes, or reserve guided tours.


The main baths have been created in a single storey wooden storehouse. It was recontructed from a building that was used as a rice store in days gone by. The onsen water is supposed to be very effective at relieving fatigue as it is a sodium chloride hot spring (hypotonic, alkalescent, and high temperature water). In 1964 Muikamachi was designated as a Hot Spring Health Resort. It has colorless and odorless spring water that is kind to the skin. Take your time to soak in the natural hot spring water and let the stresses of the day melt away.

Room Service

For those that enjoy relaxing in their room ryugon offers room service. Light meals and drinks from the bar can be ordered for your room from the tablet provided. Room Service available 15:00-23:00

Main Food Menu

Smoked Miyuki Trout 800 yen
Saksuke Ricotta Caprese 800 yen
Tsunan Pork Terrine 1200 yen
Uonuma Vegetable Pickles 600 yen
Cured Ham & Cheese Selection 1500 yen
Bacon Salad 900 yen
Koshi-no-Tori Chicken Cacciatore 2200 yen
Niigata Wagyu Beef stewed in Red Wine 2800 yen
Soba with Tochio Fried Tofu 800 yen
ryugon Special Roast Beef Sandwich 1500 yen
Kenshin Kensan Chazuke 700 yen

Main Drink Menu

Draft Beer (Premium Malts Kaoru Ale) 600 yen
Hakkai-san Craft Beer (each type) 750 yen
Snow Country Uonuma Local Sake (each type) 500-1200 yen per glass
Original Gosetsu 700 yen per glass
Select Wines 3000-25000 yen per bottle
ryugon Original Fruit Spirits (each type) 500 yen
100% Orange 350 yen
Soft Drink (each type) 350-450 yen

Local Food Delivery Service

ryugon have also started a service that provides catering services of special menus from local restaurants to be enjoyed in guest rooms or private dining rooms. Menus change monthly with offerings such as sushi or international cuisine.

Facility Information

ryugon cafe

The cafe is next to the earthern floored space on your left as you come through the entrance gate to ryugon. It is a great place to grab lunch after exploring the local area, or to enjoy a sweet treat during the day.


The shop is located next to the entrance and offers locally produced food and drinks, as well as crafts and goods from artisans in Uonuma and Tsubame-Sanjo.


The library contains a selection of works on Snow Country culture, photo and art collections, as well as historical works, and magazine. Please feel free to enjoy the library and its contents.


The original Ryugon had deep links with Untoan temple. The 45th head monk there, Arai Sekiryu was a famous calligrapher, and many examples of his work are on display at the Gallery at ryugon.

Bettei Annontei

This building was reconstructing from a main residence from 180 years ago. The whole facility is available for private rental, so if you are looking for a unique location for a party or a meeting ryugon is able to cater to various events.

Multi-purpose room

This room is located off the corridor to the Villa and is a spacious multi-purpose room that can be used for yoga, sitting meditation, or a private dining function.

Related Facilities

Echigo Yuzawa HATAGO Isen

This is the sister establishment to ryugon in front of Echigo-Yuzawa Station. In days past it was a travelers' inn but has undergone a renovation and is now an onsen ryokan. There is easy access to Yuzawa Onsen's main street and the facilities inside the station, and it is also the stop for the free shuttle bus to and from ryugon. It is a convenient starting point for your journey.Buses depart for ryugon at 11:00 / 15:15 / 17:15

Uonuma Cuisine Murangozzo

This is the restaurant on the second floor of of HATAGO Isen, that is serving meals incorporating the unique food culture cuisines of Snow Country. Dinner is by reservation only, whereas as lunch can be enjoy without a booking and there is a delicious menu of dishes from which to choose.Lunch Service 11:30 - 14:30 Closed on WednesdaysDinner Service (1) From 17:50- , or (2) 19:30 - By reservation only.

Echigo Yuzawa Nmaya Main Branch

It started with the koshihikari rice that HATAGO Isen and ryugon use which is supplied directly from a local farmer, and then expanded to other products developed in cooperation with local makers such as miso and soy sauce. Now the range also includes original Japanese sakes and other select goods. The home-made roll cake and the onsen pudding are made daily by the in-house patissiere.Business hours: 9:00 - 18:00

Murangozzo Cafe

This is the Italian Restaurant inside Echigo-Yuzawa Station that is also part of the Isen Group. It serves Italian food made from Uonuma ingredients, and is a popular spot with locals.Business hours: 11:00 - 19:30 (Operating hours many vary depending on the season.)

Echigo Yuzawa Nmaya Station Branch

Using flour and rice bran oil from Uonuma Koshihikari rice the famous product of this shop is sweet snack made in the image of a snowball. It can also be enjoyed on the premises at the cafe. It is an original sweet that you can only enjoy in Snow Country.Business hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (Operating hours many vary depending on the season.)

Chawanmeshi Tappo-ya

This is a restaurant at Minami Uonuma Road Station. Being a restaurant in the home of the famous Koshihikari rice, the rice here is cooked everyday in the traditional rice kettle. The menu changes with the seasons and there are various ways to enjoy this famous rice.Business hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (17:00 in winter) Open daily.