Relax Among Nature. Popular Onsen Ryokan and Hotels in Nagano
Nagano is a popular tourist destination for its famous summer resort, Karuizawa, as well as for the skiing and nature. It is also known for the variety of onsen hot springs there. Here are five recommended onsen ryokan inns and hotels that are highly rated on Japanese travel sites.
1. Shirafune Grand Hotel
First, we introduce a popular hotel located up in the hills of Shirahone Onsen Village. The hot springs at this hotel has milky water with many benefits. The hotel has a large bath with a view, as well as open-air baths and private baths. There is also a fountain for drinking the hot spring water in the indoor bath, so give it a try!
There is a variety of guest rooms, including those with panoramic views of the valley, as well as those with saunas. The meals are primarily Japanese dishes using the bounty of the mountains, such as edible wild plants. They also serve a specialty soy milk pot (a pot dish with vegetables and meat simmered in soy milk) that represents the onsen's milky water.
2. Ikenotaira Hotel & Resort
This is a popular resort hotel that is well known in Japan. It is on the banks of Lake Shirakaba in a massive amusement area including a theme park, ski slopes, and museums.
The hotel has single-gender open-air baths made with wood and rocks, as well as a huge open-air bath that the whole family can enjoy together wearing swimming suits. There are also many other facilities such as an indoor heated swimming pool, bowling alley, game corner, table tennis corner, and karaoke. The guest rooms are spacious, and have views of the lake and mountains. Both breakfast and dinner are served buffet style, with a variety of dishes including sushi and steak. The hotel has English-speaking staff.
3. Shinshu-Matsushiro Royal Hotel
This is a popular resort hotel surrounded by the great nature such as mountains and clear streams. The hot spring that flows into the open-air baths on the premises is Matsushiro Onsen, which changes into a reddish-brown color when it is exposed to air. It is a famous onsen that is full of nutrients such as calcium, iron, and sodium, and warms one to the core. There are also large baths (indoor) and saunas.
There is a variety of guest rooms, including the standard Japanese-style and Western-style rooms, as well as large rooms appropriate for families, as well as rooms with spectacular views. There is also a karaoke room, gift shop, and tennis court. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and there are English-speaking staff.
4. Hotel Ambient Tateshina
This is a popular hotel in the Tateshina Highlands resort area that is at 1,550m above sea level. It is in a great location with a view of the lake, so that guests can enjoy the beautiful scenery from its panoramic open-air bath. The hot spring water in the open-air bath is an alkaline simple hot spring that is clear and has no odor, so that anyone can enjoy it. The internal baths have water with natural minerals.
There is a variety of guest rooms, including those with spectacular views, and those with kitchens. The hotel also has a chapel used for weddings, a body treatment salon, karaoke room, gift shop and convenience store. There are English-speaking staff at the hotel.
5. Karuizawa Prince Hotel East
This is a popular hotel in Karuizawa visited by many foreign tourists. There are many hotels and cottages run by the same group in front of Karuizawa Station, and among them, Karuizawa Prince Hotel East has facilities to enjoy natural onsen hot springs, as well as a spa.
The hotel has open-air and indoor onsen baths with water from sources on the premises, as well as steam saunas. You can relax and enjoy your bath while looking out at the quiet forest. The guest rooms also have views of the forests, so you can experience the quiet flow of time. There is free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms. The hotel also has English-speaking staff.
Nagano is a recommended destination that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Please refer to this article to help choose your accommodation, and create many wonderful memories!
*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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