Shibu Onsen is a popular hot spring in Nagano. These days, many travelers come there because it is near to skiing parks and Snow Monkey Park. In this article, I will introduce suggestions such as popular ryokan, hot spring, skiing parks and Snow Monkey Park for visitors who come to Shibu Onsen at the first time.
Access Shibu Onsen from Tokyo
There are three ways to go to Shibu Onsen; by bus, by shinkansen, train, and by car. For users of highway buses, from Ikebukuro, Tokyo it will take 4 hours to Nagano station. (1,400 yen~) For users of shinkansen, it will take about 2 hours from Ueda station, Tokyo to Shibu Onsen. (9,120 yen~) For users of cars, it will take about 3 hours from Yaesu Intern Change, Tokyo to Shinshu Nakano Intern Change, Nagano along the highway. (6,070 yen~)After getting off-highway, you will go along the ordinary road.
The best things to do in Shibu Onsen
There are many other best things to do in Shibu Onsen such as Snow Monkey and Shiga Kogen Ski Resort. I suggest you go not only to Shibu Onsen but also there.
Snow Monkey Park near Shibu Onsen
Snow Monkey Park is the park in Yamanouchi Town as the north area of Nagano. Recently, many tourists come to see monkeys in the park from all over the world. Firstly, when you visit there, you have better buy “snow monkey pass” which is sold in Nagano Dentetsu Nagano station where is at the different station if JR Nagano station. It takes 2,900 yen and includes a round trip ticket between Nagano and Snow Monkey Park.
Shiga Kogen Ski Resort near Shibu Onsen
Today, I recommend Tateou Ski Resort as a ski resort near Shibu Onsen. It is known for powder snow in the ski park. It is enjoyable from high levels to beginner levels. It is usually open from December to May, and every Saturday it is open until P.M. 9:00. So until the late time, you can enjoy skiing.
Moreover, In “Sora Terrace” near this ski resort, you can enjoy seeing beautiful panorama, and lucky you can see a sea of clouds.
Take a public bath!
I recommend “Kaede no Yu” as a public bath in Shibuonsen. This is in front of the station, so it is the best spot for you to take a bath while waiting for train. It is open from A.M. 10:00 to P.M. 11:00. It takes only 300 yen for adults to use and 150 yen for children. The towel is sold, but the shampoo and body soap is for free.
Walking at Historic Townscape
You can enjoy walking around to take a bath in many spots of onsen at the historic townscape in Shibu Onsen. There are 8 kinds of onsen as a day trip of hot spring. Among them, 8th Onsen called “Shinmyo Daki no Yu” is more popular. This nostalgic emotion makes you feel calm.
Shibu onsen recommended restaurants-Tamakawa-
Here, you can eat Shinshu soba. This restaurant is near Snow Monkey Park. So I suggest you visit there before or after going to the park. You can taste “Kurumi Dare” which is the sauce made of walnut. It is open during 11:30～15:00 and 18:00～23:30.
Where should I stay near snow monkeys in Shibu Onsen?
Koishiya Ryokan is built in an early time. There are 4 kinds of the room; dormitory, a twin room, and group room. In the installed bar, you can enjoy coffee and breakfast in the morning, while at night you enjoy drinking alcohol. There is no parking area, so you have to park in the public station.
Kanaguya is a historical structure and there is an old onsen town near this ryokan. There are 8 kinds of onsen, so this is the ryokan to get for any true onsen fan. From Yutanaka station, it takes 10 minutes by bus.
If you want to know more about ryokan in Shibu Onsen, please check the curation article about Shibu Onsen ryokan.
The Best Guide of Shibu Onsen
There are many best spots in the north area of Nagano having Shibu Onsen. If you want to know more, please check the below site.