The Best 9 Hot Spring (Onsen, 温泉) in Nagano

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Have you ever taken an Onsen (Hot Spring) in Japan? There are many Onsen in Nagano prefecture. Actually, Nagano is the most second biggest Onsen area in Japan. I recommend the quality of a source of Onsen. Today, we provide information about 9 recommend Onsen in Nagano.

→10 Hot spring (Onsen) Etiquette in Japan

What is Hot spring (Onsen) in Japan?

1.Nozawa Onsen -Famous Snow Resourt Village-

Nozawa Onsen(野沢温泉) is well renowned in Japan. Nozawa Onsen is located at the foot of Kenashi mountain which has a resource (gensen) at its center. Nozawa Onsen is popular hot spring health. There are 13 atmospheric public bathhouses called Soto-yu in the Onsen district.

2.Yudanaka Shibu Onsen -Snow Monkey Place-

Yudanaka Shibu Onsen (湯田中・渋温泉) opened at about 1350 in Yamanouchi town. This onsen has been called “long life hot spring”. Yudanaka Onsen has many resources (gensen). So, a visitor can enjoy various kinds of Onsen.

3.Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen -Chikuma City-

There are Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen (戸倉上山田温泉) in Chikuma city that is convenience access place from Nagano city and Ueda city (about 30 minutes by train). This onsen is well known as a “Hot spring which is good for the skin”.

4.Bessho Onsen -There are many historical hotel and accomodation-

Situated in Ueda city. A short train ride from Ueda Station is Bessho Onsen (別所温泉). This onsen is one of the oldest hot spring in Nagano. In addition, There are some historical important monument “Anraku-Ji Temple” “Kitamuki-Kannon” and much more…

5.Hakuba-Happo Onsen -Famous Snow Resourt-

Hakuba-Happo Onsen(白馬八方温泉) is only a natural hydrogen hot spring in Japan. You can anti-aging! In addition, there is this onsen inside Hakuba village where is an international winter resort. You can enjoy hot spring and ski, snowboard.

6.Shirahone Onsen -Many Traditional Ryokan Place-

There is Shirahone Onsen(白骨温泉) at the foot of Northern Alps, Matsumoto City. It has been known since the Kamakura period (1192~ ). Shirahone Onsen’s color of hot spring is milky white. You can be a healthy body and mind for milky white hot spring.

7.Asama Onsen -Famous Fire Festival-

Asama Onsen (浅間温泉) is an onsen located in Matsumoto city, the nearest onsen at Matsumoto-Jo Castle. You can take an onsen that need not add water and heartwater, these are called (Gensen Kakenagashi).

8.Suwa Onsen -Near the Suwa Lake-

There is Suwa Onsen (諏訪温泉) in Suwa city.
15,000 kiloliters of water spring each day, making it one of the most abundant hot springs in Japan. Visitors can enjoy activities near Suwa-Ko Lake before taking a hot spring.

9.Hirugami Onsen -Rryokan Tenshin and Inaka are popular –

Hirugami Onsen (昼神温泉) is the biggest onsen in south Nagano area. Visitors can easily come from Tokyo and Nagoya by a highway bus. There are many myths and legend story, a visitor will feel the characteristic atmosphere and experience original history.


I’ve given you a little information about Onsen (hot spring) in Nagano prefecture, but there are many more just waiting for you to discover.

Add a little bit of creative flavor to your next travel in Japan by including destinations Nagano’s Onsen on your travel itinerary.


The characteristic points of Nagano prefecture are a fusion between affluent nature and Japanese traditional lifestyle. Nagano is constructed in many town and village, where have originality. These regions have a different history, different culture, different nature, we can feel a side of Nagano as a treasure box.

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