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Onsen in Nagano

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Naka no Yu Onsen
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Kamikochi
    This hot spring is owned and operated by the Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan, a hot spring inn established in 1915 which is surrounded by virgin forest and still mountains. The inn commands views of the Hotaka Mountain Range and is conveniently located near the Nakanoyu climbing course leading up Mt. Yakedake. The inn is also Kamikochi's only inn open year-round and thus is used by many as a base for area sightseeing activities. In addition to Kamikochi, a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Special Natural Monument, the inn offers easy access to locations such as Mt. Yakedake, considered one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan; Mt. Norikura, which offers all the natural beauty one might expect from an alpine mountain; and Azumino. The inn's bathhouse tubs are constantly replenished kakenagashi style from the simple sulfur spring. The inn has separate men's and women's indoor baths, outdoor baths, and a private reservable bath. The old-fashioned Bokuden no Yu bath is open from early in the morning until evening and a free transportation service from the Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan to the Bokuden no Yu bath is available.
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