Nagano is known for its many hot springs among other places in the country. You may find many accommodation areas within the prefecture that have a hot spring. Here are 5 popular places that have received favorable reviews on booking sites.
1. Aburaya Tousen
Aburaya Tousen can be found in Yudanaka Onsen (hot springs) and prides itself on the view it offers from its large communal bath consisting of the river flowing downstream as well as the majestic mountains.
The hot spring waters here are composed of sodium chloride, which has heating properties. The large communal bath is located at the topmost floor, while the indoor baths and the open-air baths provide a huge panorama, which offers something unique to each season. Bathing while gazing at sunrise or sunset will be a special, relaxing moment. This hot spring offers accommodation with a panoramic open-air bath as well as a hearth, as well as a standard-type of stay. You may also enjoy delicious kaiseki ryori at night which makes use of seasonal ingredients and local vegetables. The whole accommodation offers free Wi-Fi and there are staff that speak English.
Yamatoya is located in Shibu Onsen. This accommodation offers a relaxing stay, where you may enjoy the hush sounds of the river flowing before your eyes as well as the refined city area.
The hot springs get its water from 3 sources, which is composed of soft and gentle substances. The panoramic bath at the rooftop comes with an open-air bath, where you may enjoy a majestic view of the hot spring town lit up at night as you soak in the water. You may avail of a private bath for the family, as well. You can find 9 other outdoor baths which are communal within the surrounding area. For dinner, you may enjoy a special, hearty meal with delicious, local brewery as well as dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients. The whole accommodation offers free Wi-Fi.
3. Oiwakeya Ryokan
Another nice place to stay at is Oiwakeya Ryokan in Utsukushigahara. This inn offers a high-quality hot spring that will surely warm you up from top to bottom due to its top-notch heating properties.
There are 6 types of baths here, from a large public bath with a garden view, 3 types of open-air baths, and private chartered baths in separate buildings. If you would like to spend a slow, luxurious time, you may avail of the rooms that come with a private open-air bath, limited to 1 group of people per day. For dinner, you will be served kaiseki-ryori, which adheres to a yearly theme. The dishes are elaborately arranged, so they are not only tasty but also pleasant to look at. The whole accommodation has free Wi-Fi available. The staff here also speak English.
4. Kamei no Yu
Kamei no Yu in Yudanaka Onsen is a snug accommodation area, consisting of only 6 rooms.
The lamps, which are made with handmade washi paper, welcome the guests to the accommodation with their bright lights. These lamps also give off a gentle light to the garden, which can be viewed from each room, giving the modern interior a Japanese-like atmosphere. You may avail of the indoor bathtubs with natural spring water which the accommodation prides itself on, as well as the outdoor communal baths which you may find at the hot spring town for free. You may have your breakfast within the hotel, while you may avail of dinner at the inns nearby as well as the French restaurants and private cafes. The whole building has free Wi-Fi available.
5. Yudanaka Onsen Yamazakiya
Yamazakiya Ryokan in Shibu Onsen is along a stone path, brimming with the atmosphere of a hot spring town.
The inn is a 2 story building made with wood and has a vacancy of 8 rooms, which come in a pure Japanese-style atmosphere. As the inn is small-scaled, the meticulous hospitality that they offer here is well-received. There are two baths which the inn prides itself on, both of which will warm your body from head to toe. If vacant, you may also avail of these baths privately. For dinner, you may avail of a simple, yet hearty meal made with seasonal ingredients taken from local mountains and rivers. Each room comes with free Wi-Fi.
Please spend a luxurious time here not just at the hot springs, but also while enjoying the nature by the season as well as the seasonal cuisine.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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