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Onsen in Koshinetsu / Hokuriku

  • Nozawaonsen
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Nozawaonsenmura Toyosato
    Sprawling at the foot of Mt. Kenashi, this is one of the most historic hot spring districts in the prefecture. There are various theories as to when the hot spring district was discovered. One belief is that it was found by the priest Gyoki (or an itinerate monk undergoing training) during the reign of Emperor Shomu, while another legend says that it was happened upon by a hunter following a wounded bear. Since the Edo period, the district has been lovingly maintained by the hands of local residents under a system called Yunakama, and today this system continues to preserve and service the area's abundant water flow and more than 30 source springs. In addition to bathhouses, the town is dotted with countless footbaths and 13 external bath areas for visitors to sample and enjoy.
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  • Shibu Onsen
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao
    A hot spring district with a long history which records state was discovered by the great priest Gyoki in the Nara period. The area boasts such a large number of source springs and such an abundance of hot spring water that you can dig practically anywhere into the ground and soon find piping hot water bubbling up from below. In addition to hot spring hotels, there are nine public bathhouses in the area, and visitors can go on the traditional Kyu-to Meguri pilgrimage and try all nine for free to compare and contrast (limited to persons staying overnight in the district). Each of the Kyu-to Meguri bathhouses makes use of a different source spring with differing water qualities, and pilgrims can get a special tenugui hand towel stamped at each bathhouse as proof of their visit. The pilgrimage ends with a visit to the Shibutaka Yakushi Temple, which offers a sweeping view of the district, to receive one final stamp that is said to grant one's wish as well as protection from misfortune, safe childbirth and child rearing, and youth and longevity.
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  • Hirugami Onsen
    Nagano Shimoina-gun Achimura Hirugami (Hirugami Onsen)
    A relatively new hot spring district which was started in 1973 and which is the largest in southern Shinshu region. Also a renowned destination for enjoying peach blossoms, in spring the area bustles with great numbers of tourists come to the see the surrounding mountains decorated with colorful red, light pink and white beach flowers. The area's clear simple sulfur spring waters boast a strong pH level of 9.7. Containing an abundance of sodium, chlorine, and other moisturizing substances, these waters are said to aid in the removal of old, dead skin layers, resulting in smoother skin, and this hot spring district is particularly popular with women thanks to these skin beautifying properties.
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  • Yamanaka Onsen
    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamanaka Onsen
    A hot spring district situated along the Kakusen-kei Valley considered one of the three most renowned in Japan. Boasting some 1,300 years of history since its discovery and considered one of the Three Great Hot Springs of Fuso (Japan), records show that this hot spring district was a favorite of the famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho as well as many other writers and artists. The area's sulfate springs contain an abundance of potassium, sodium, and other minerals, and are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing muscle soreness, frozen shoulders, sensitivity to cold, chronic digestive diseases, chronic skin diseases, and other conditions. Some facilities also offer hot spring waters that can be drunk, and these are said to help relieve constipation, gout, and obesity.
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  • Yudanaka Onsen
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao
    A hot spring district with a lengthy history, the area was discovered by a Buddhist monk, Chiyu during the reign of Emperor Tenji. The great haiku poet Kobayashi Issa once composed some of his works here and a walking path named after the master leads from the Sekai Heiwa Kannon temple to the pine tree once known as the Ugan no Matsu. The area's clear chloride springs and sulfate springs contain an abundance of sodium and other minerals and are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating nerve pain, muscle soreness, and gastrointestinal disorders and healing cuts. Their waters are also said to have powerful skin beautifying properties and are popular with women.
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  • Kuzuryu Onsen
    Fukui Ono-shi Shimoyama 63-2-24
    The waters of this simple alkaline hot spring, owned and operated by Hotel Furearu Izumi, are said to be a natural soap. The hotel commands a view of Mt. Arashimadake, considered one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains, and at night, visitors can enjoy star-filled skies. The hot spring's waters are said to refresh body and soul, promoting health, recovery from fatigue, and post-illness convalescence, in addition to treating such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, frozen shoulders, motor paralysis, joint pain, bruises, sprains, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoids, sensitivity to cold. The hotel's bathhouse facilities are open to non-guests, making it easy for anyone to enjoy the relaxing and curative hot spring bathing here. The hotel offers day trip, barbecue, couple's, and family plans, and visitors can also enjoy the bountiful culinary fruits of Echizen-Ono and the Sea of Japan in the hotel's restaurant.
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  • Kanbayashi Onsen
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao
    A hot spring district standing quietly at the foot of the Shiga Highlands deep in the heart of Joshin'etsu-kogen National Park. Since ancient times, this area has been frequented by writers and artists, including Natsume Soseki, Shiga Naoya, Saito Mokichi, and Inoue Yasushi. The area is dotted with many historic traditional ryokan inns, such as the modern-styled Senjukaku; and the Jinpyokaku, an inn with a name suggestive of discarding earthly affairs to enter an enchanted land. This is also the only place in the world where you can see wild monkeys bathing in hot springs. Situated 1.6 kilometers or a 30 minute walk away from Jigokudani Monkey Park, many researchers and photographers make their way here.
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  • Yuwaku Onsen
    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Yuwakumachi
    Known as the retreat of Kanazawa, this quiet hot spring village consisting of nine inns situated among the mountains. During the feudal government in Edo period, the curative hot springs were used by generations of the lords of Kaga Domain; the poet Yumeji Takehisa also famously spent one month of bliss in this romantic hot spring town with Hikono Kasai. First developed 1,300 years ago, the waters of the area's sodium chloride and sulfate saline springs are said to be effective for general indication, cuts, peripheral circulatory failure, sensitivity to cold, depression, and xerosis cutis. One unique local souvenir is Yuwaku kabura turnip pickles-a recreation of a food described Edo period texts, these pickles are sold at every inn, shop, and public bathhouse in the area and come in two varieties, yuzu ponzu citrus sauce and classic tsukemono Japanese pickle flavor.
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  • Asama Onsen
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Asama Onsen 2-6-1
    A hot spring district located 10 minutes away from National Treasure-designated Matsumoto Castle. An ancient hot spring destination, it is believed that the place named as Tsukama in the Nihon shoki, Japan's oldest historical record, is in fact what is called Asama Onsen today. The 50° C source springs found here are used to constantly replenish the hot spring baths of the area kakenagashi style, without the use of any additional outside water or heating. Their waters are said to treat gastrointestinal disorders, women's diseases, respiratory ailments, and skin diseases. In the Meiji period, many writers and artists, such as Akiko Yosano and Yumeji Takehisa, frequented the district. The district is dotted with many monuments inscribed with poems, mausoleums, hot spring source, temples, shrines, and other Cultural Property which speak of the area's more than 1,300 year long history. Serving as the retreat of Matsumoto, the district produces one of the greatest volumes of hot spring waters in the prefecture.
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  • Takamine Onsen
    Nagano Komoro-shi Takamine Kogen
    A cloud top hot spring inn 2,000 meters above sea level with indoor baths, a lamp lit bath, and an outdoor bath commanding a view of the Japan Alps and overlooking Takamine Ravine. The outdoor bath is small, accommodating only a maximum of four people, but its highly medicinal waters, constantly replenished from a source spring kakenagashi style, will soothe away the fatigue of your journey. The inn's sulfur-containing calcium sodium magnesium hydrocarbonate spring is said to provide a variety of health benefits. Be sure to talk to the staff, who can tell you about the best way to bathe so as to improve the efficacy of the waters for your specific ailments. The inn also has an area where you can drink these waters, and doing so is said to treat diabetes, gout, liver disease, and constipation. Non-guests can only use the inn's bathhouse from 11:00 to 16:00; also note that bathhouse fees are different during winter (November 21 to April 20).
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