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Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
  • Onsen In & Around Nagano

Onsen In & Around Nagano

Relax, Unwind & Heal in a Natural Hot Spring

Key features

  • Onsen
  • Natural Hot Spring
  • Thermal Water
  • Health & Healing
  • Day-spa
  • Traditional Experience
  • Traditional Guesthouses
  • Ryokan
  • Accommodation

Onsen In & Around Nagano

Relax, Unwind & Heal in a Natural Hot Spring

Key features

  • Onsen
  • Natural Hot Spring
  • Thermal Water
  • Health & Healing
  • Day-spa
  • Traditional Experience
  • Traditional Guesthouses
  • Ryokan
  • Accommodation
As one of the most volcanic countries in the world, Japan is home to countless natural hot springs. Known as ‘onsen’, Japanese have a long history of seeking-out hot springs for their medicinal and healing properties, and more recently, for pure relaxation. Segregated by gender, entering an onsen requires visitors to remove all clothing, wash and then enter the thermal water. This can be somewhat intimidating for first-timers but it really shouldn’t be a concern. Onsen plays a big role in Japanese culture and is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing experiences you can have while here.
Nagano and Central Japan is blessed with many onsen that can be enjoyed all year round. Scattered throughout the region, the greatest concentration of hot springs can be found in traditional towns including Kanbayashi Onsen, Shibu Onsen Nozawa Onsen, Yamada Onsen and Bessho Onsen along with Okuhida Onsen, Gero Onsen, Kusatsu Onsen and many others. Onsen operate both as day businesses open to the public and as guesthouses, with hot springs reserved for the exclusive use of overnight guests. Known as ‘ryokan’, onsen guesthouses are the best way to enjoy your hot spring experience in combination with traditional comforts and ‘kaisekei’ meal service.

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  • Onsen In & Around Nagano
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Relax & Indulge in a Natural Hot Spring

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How to Use an Onsen: Do’s & Dont’s

How to Use an Onsen: Do’s & Dont’s

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The Many Benefits of Onsen

The Many Benefits of Onsen

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Monkeys & Onsen: What’s the story?

Monkeys & Onsen: What’s the story?

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Recommended Onsen Towns

Shibu Onsen

Shibu Onsen

Quaint, Quiet & Charming

Within walking distance of the Jigokudani Monkey Park, Shibu Onsen boasts a 1300-year history.

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

One of Japan's Most Famous Onsen Towns

Nestled in the Joshinetsu National Park, Kustatsu Onsen is readily accessible from Karuizawa Station.

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Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen

Hot Springs & Snow!

Originally an onsen town, Nozawa is now equally well-known as one of Nagano's best ski resorts.

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Shima Onsen

Shima Onsen

Hot Springs in a Beautiful Setting

One of Gunma Prefectures four famous onsen towns, Shima Onsen is well-worth visiting.

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Ikaho Onsen

Ikaho Onsen

Go Slow & Discover More

Ikaho Onsen offers escape and relaxation, a world away from the busy cities.

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Minakami Onsen

Minakami Onsen

Relaxation & Rest

Another of Gunma's four famous onsen towns, Minakami offers peace and relaxation.

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Okuhida Onsen

Okuhida Onsen

Five Towns in One

Nearby Kamikochi and Takayama, Okuhida consists of five hot spring towns of which Hirayu Onsen is the largest.

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Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen

One of Japan's Most Famous

Gero Onsen is one of Japan's best known and most popular hot spring towns.

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