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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Omachi Hot spring village
    Nagano Omachi-shi Taira Omachi Hot spring village
    A relatively new hot spring district created in 1963 by piping water from Kuzu Onsen in Takase Gorge, its charming location commands a view of the magnificent Hida Mountains (Northern Japan Alps). Encircled by white birch, oak, and beech trees, in fall visitors can enjoy the sight of beautiful autumn foliage. Situated near Kurobe Dam and the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, the area is used by large numbers of tourists both as a base for sightseeing and mountain climbing. The area's mildly alkaline simple springs are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating muscle soreness, frozen shoulders, joint pain, sensitivity to cold, and other ailments.
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  • Nakabusa Onsen
    Nagano Azumino Hotaka Ariake 7226
    A hot spring district situated at the foot of the Japan Alps close to a trail leading up Mt. Tsubakurodake. The area is surrounded by abundant natural beauty and its baths, constantly replenished from a source spring kakenagashi style, make no use of additional outside water, external heating, recirculation, colorings, or chlorine. A designated National Hot Spring Health Resorts, this hot spring village is also counted as one of the 100 most famous in the country. The sulfur spring waters are characterized by their soft feel and are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating skin diseases, muscle soreness, rheumatism, sensitivity to cold, and other ailments. There are hot spring drinking water facilities here as well as places where you can make a hardboiled egg with hot spring source waters, and visitors can enjoy to their heart's content all the joys of a Japanese hot spring.
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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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  • Utsukushigahara Kogen Onsen
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    Nagano Chiisagata-gun Nagawa Machi Wada 5101-1
    The collective term for a hot spring district encompassing Oboke, Yunohara, Fujii, and other hot springs located on the Utsukushigahara Highland in the northwest of Yatsugatake-Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park. The area was designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts in 1983 and a National Hot Spring in 1986 by the Ministry of the Environment. The area's mildly alkaline simple hot springs have a temperature of 40.5° C. The history of the area is extensive and it was even noted in the Nihon shoki, Japan's oldest historical record. Minamoto no Shigeyuki, one of the 36 Immortals of Poetry, wrote a poem describing the activity of this hot spring district, stating, The white threads boiling forth/from the gushing hot water/are used by the unending stream of people. Also patronized by generations of lords ruling over Matsumoto Castle, this area is one of Shinshu's top hot spring districts.
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  • Shinyu Onsen
    Nagano Chino-shi Kitayama Tateshina Kogen 4035
    A hot spring district located in Tateshina Highland in Yatsugatake-Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park a two hour drive from the city center. It is said the first source spring here was discovered by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, shogun in charge of conquering the Emishi region during the Heian period. It is also said that the might lord Takeda Shingen used the waters here to soothe his wounds during the Warring States period, and a medical recuperation facility for the Imperial Navy was located here during WWII. Situated along the Yunotaki River, the area's mildly acidic hypotonic low temperature spring is said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote beauty. The Tateshina Shinyu Onsen hot spring hotel, established in 1926, pioneered the use of antibacterial, mold-preventing tatami mats in its bathing areas to prevent slipping.
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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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