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Explore Shibu Onsen

A Quaint & Quiet Hot Spring Town Nearby The Monkeys

Key features

  • Onsen
  • Hot Springs
  • Traditional Guesthouses
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants
  • Nearby Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Nearby Shiga Kogen

Public Transport

Yudanaka Station10 min by bus
Nagano Station60 min by train/bus

Nearby Attractions

Jigokudani Monkey Park5 min drive
Shiga Kogen Ski Resorts30 min drive
Obuse30 min drive

Explore Shibu Onsen

A Quaint & Quiet Hot Spring Town Nearby The Monkeys

Key features

  • Onsen
  • Hot Springs
  • Traditional Guesthouses
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants
  • Nearby Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Nearby Shiga Kogen
Located between Yudanaka Station and the Jigokudani Monkey Park, Shibu Onsen is a historic hot spring town boasting a 1300-year history. Blessed with numerous thermal water sources, the town has long been known as a place of healing and refuge. Japanese have been venturing to Shibu for centuries to soak in its mineral-rich waters, said to remedy a variety of ailments. Now home to many guesthouses – most with their own in-house hot spring – Shibu Onsen is a quaint village nearby the monkey park and Japan’s largest ski resort, Shiga Kogen.
Vistors to Shibu Onsen enjoy the charm of its narrow streets, small shops and of course, many hot springs. Most famously, Shibu is home to nine 'public' onsen spread throughout the town. Each hot spring has its own source of water with unique mineral properties said to treat specific ailments. While called public, all but one is for the use of guests staying in any of Shibu Onsen guesthouses (upon check-in, all guests receive a key that unlocks each hot spring). Completing the tour of all nine onsen – called the ‘kyu-to-meguri’ – is particularly enjoyable in the cold of winter.

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How to Get to Shibu Onsen

How to Get to Shibu Onsen

Shibu is easily accessible using the Nagaden train line to Yudanaka Station followed by a brief local bus ride or taxi.

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Using the Local Bus

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Only a short distance from Yudanaka Station, two local bus lines will drop you at Shibu Onsen.

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Japanese Dining GOEN

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Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Amenities

Onsen/Hot Springs
Accommodation
Restaurants
Shops
Temples

Access

Public Transport

Yudanaka Station10 min by bus
Nagano Station60 min by train/bus

Nearby Attractions

Jigokudani Monkey Park5 min drive
Shiga Kogen Ski Resorts30 min drive
Obuse30 min drive