The 9 Healing Hot Springs of Shibu Onsen

The 9 Healing Hot Springs of Shibu Onsen

Boasting a 1300-year history and numerous sources of thermal water, Shibu Onsen has long been regarded as a place of healing and refuge.   shibu-onsen-nine-outside-onsen-Bath   Home to many traditional guesthouses, most of which have their own ‘onsen’ (natural hot spring), Shibu Onsen is also famous for its nine ‘public’ hot springs.   No4-shibu-onsen-nine-outside-onsen-Bath   Dotted through the town, each of the nine bathhouses has its own source of water with minerals and properties said to benefit anyone suffering the following ailments:   Bath No.1: Stomach and intestinal ailments Bath No.2: Skin Conditions Bath No.3: Cuts and acne Bath No.4: Gout Bath No.5: Neuralgia Bath No.6: Eye disease Bath No.7: Injuries Bath No.8: Women’s health issues Bath No.9: Neuralgia and rheumatism   Of course each or any can also be enjoyed for pure relaxation! Completing all nine onsen is a circuit called the ‘Kyu to Meguri’, something that can be done by anyone staying in Shibu Onsen.   shibu-onsen-nine-outside-onsen-Bath   Upon check-in, all guesthouses provide their guests with a key that opens all nine bathhouses. Soaking in all nine is said to give you a long life and good fortune. Day-visitors to Shibu can access the largest bathhouse – Bath No.9 or the ‘O-yu’. Tickets are available at the Shibu Onsen Tourist Information Office.  



6:00 to 22:00

Open daily

Free for guests of all guestshoues in Shibu / Day-visitors to Shibu can use Bath No.9 with tickets - JPY500 - available at the Shibu Onsen Tourist Information Office

Around 5-minutes drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park

From Nagano Station, take the limited express service on the Nagano Dentetsu (Nagaden) Railway to Yudanaka Station - 45 minutes / JPY1290. Once at Yudanaka, you can walk to Shibu Onsen - around 20-minutes on foot - or take a local bus or taxi - under 5 minutes


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