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Please tell me some recommended secret hot springs in Nagano prefecture

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Please tell me some recommended secret hot springs in Nagano prefecture

I visit the secret hot springs twice a year, the season of spring and autumn, with my 9 colleagues who enter a company at the same time. We are male and our age is around 75 years old. There are many secret hot springs in Nagano prefecture and I would like to know which ones are the best to visit. Please let me know.

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Shirahone no Meitou Awanoyu

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Shirahone no Meitou Awanoyu

4.8

  • address
  • 4181, Shirahone-onsen, Azumi, Matsumoto city, Nagano 390-1515, Japan
  • Transport Access
  • 70 min by car from Matsumoto I.C. / 80 min by car from Takayama-nishi I.C. of recently completed Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway / 30 min by car via Norikurakogen to Sawando parking lot at the entrance to Kamikochi

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If you go to secret hot spring with a big group

The building of this hotel is reinforced concrete construction and the bathroom is so spacious. You feel safe. The bus stop is right in front and the road is two lanes except one section. Surroundings of this hotel are really rural and this hotel is located in the depths of mountain, you can feel the atmosphere of secret hot spring. This hotel is high-class accommodation so the rate will be increased in high season but I think it is good value for money.

Recommended

I recommend Shirohone onsen. I especially recommend Awa no yu which is the best hot spring in Shirohone. I remember this very well as the temperature of this hot spring is just warm. Warm carbonated spring will relieve your tired body. The bubble is attaching to your skin and it feels strange. I think it’s very interesting experience!

Great Japanese style hotel

This Japanese style hotel is like a representative of famous Shirohone onsen. Their spacious open-air bath (clouded spring) is often appeared in magazines. This hotel is already part of Shirohone onsen and like a representative of Shirohone onsen. There are nothing in surroundings and so quiet. You can have a relaxed time at the hotel. I recommend it.

A secret hot spring with clouded hot spring water

I think you know it already if you are visiting secret hot springs. Shirohone onsen, a historical place, is located in Azumino, Matsumoto city. This big open-air bath called Awa no yu is so spacious and located in the depths of mountain. You’ll be relieved by soaking in a hot spring in absolute silence. In addition, you can rarely drink spring water there. You can enjoy eating delicious meals made from Shinshu’s fresh ingredients.

Karasawa Onsen Karasawa Kosen

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Karasawa Onsen Karasawa Kosen

3.8

  • address
  • 4733, KOHIGASHI, CHINO-SHI, NAGANO, 391-0211, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • Transportation service available from JR Chuou Main Line Kayano Station

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Karasawa onsen Yatsugatake’s famous hot spring Karasawa hot spring

I’ve read that you are looking for a secret hot spring in Nagano prefecture. Then I recommend Karasawa onsen Yatsugatake’s famous hot spring Karasawa hot spring. This secret hot spring is located in the depths of Yatsugatake and 100% fresh hot spring water. There are 3 different types of hot springs; warmer carbonated spring, hotter spring and sauna. The bathtubs aren’t spacious but the quality of hot spring is great.

Quiet and relaxed accommodation

This house type accommodation is located in the edge of Yatsugatake. You need to drive on the forest road which leads you only to get to this accommodation. You can enjoy 100% fresh hot spring water. The hot spring is gushing out from the bathtub. The spring source is in backyard and hot spring goes to the river. I think you can be picked up from Kayano station.

The edge of Yatsugatake. A house type accommodation for secret hot s

You drive on the narrow forest road which is unpaved. Then you’ll reach house type accommodation with 100% fresh hot spring water. This hot spring is called as secret hot spring of Shingen. Although there is only indoor bath, the quality of hot spring is great. It’s great to take a bath in summer as it has a cool weather. You can see the spring source in backyard. I think you can be picked up at Chino station.

Utsukushigahara Onsen Hotel Shouhou

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Utsukushigahara Onsen Hotel Shouhou

4.4

  • address
  • 527, SATOYAMABE, MATSUMOTO-SHI, NAGANO, 390-0221, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • 15 minutes by car, 17 minutes by bus from JR Matsumoto Station

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Great view and meals

I recommend that you go to Usukushihara onsen as part of your secret hot spring trip and stay at Hotel Shoho. The meals are so delicious and it’s good location. The view from the window is very beautiful. A hot spring makes my skin so smooth.

Magnificent view.

Even though it’s not a secret hot spring, this hotel is located in the middle of Utsukushigahara kougen so you can look magnificent view. It’s also close to Matsumoto city so you can visit Asama onsen. Nagano prefecture has a lot of mountains so it takes a lot of times to travel if you really want to visit secret hot springs. I recommend that you stay at a hotel in the city, not in the mountain.

Manza Onsen Manza Prince Hotel

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Manza Onsen Manza Prince Hotel

4.8

  • address
  • MANZA-ONSEN, TSUMAGOI-MURA AGATSUMA-GUN, GUMMA, 377-1595, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • 40 min by bus from Manza-Kazawaguchi Station (JR Agatsuma Line)/Usui-Karuizawa IC (Joshin-Etsu Expressway).

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Mixed bath

I have been to a lot of mixed open-air baths but I never liked it because it’s not elegant at all because everyone is naked. You, as a man, can take a bath without stress because female is wearing leggings or covered by towel at this hotel. This hotel is located in high altitude so it feels good. You can also take a bath in the morning. There are many types of baths so you can enjoy taking a bath there.

Rinsenro Kashiwaya Besso

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Rinsenro Kashiwaya Besso

4.5

  • address
  • 1640, Bessho Onsen, Ueda city, Nagano 386-1431, Japan
  • Transport Access
  • 13 minutes on foot from Bessho Onsen station

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An accommodation you can enjoy in Beccyo onsen, secret hot spring.

You can easily go to Ueda by shinkansen from Tokyo but you need to take a small train to go to Bessyo onesen. The quality of hot spring is great and you’ll receive great hospitality there. Bessyo is not a big town but you can visit old temples such as Kitamuki kannon. I recommend that you combine your trip with Ueda area and Bessyo onsen.

Shimazaki Toson Yukari no Yado Nakadanaso

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Shimazaki Toson Yukari no Yado Nakadanaso

4.3

  • address
  • , KOJO-KU NAKATANAOTSU, KOMORO-SHI, NAGANO, 384-0032, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • Shinano Railway Komoro Station or JR Koumi Line Komoro Station

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You can take an apple bath.

I saw this accommodation on magazine. I went there because this accommodation is famous for an apple bath. It was really interesting as apples are floating on the bathtub. In addition, I enjoyed eating Sinshu beef as Shabu Shabu for dinner. I was really satisfied. This accommodation is in Komoro city and convenient for sightseeing as well. I recommend this accommodation.

Shirafuneso Shintaku Ryokan

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Shirafuneso Shintaku Ryokan

4.0

  • address
  • 4201, AZUMI, MATSUMOTO-SHI, NAGANO, 390-1515, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • Take the train from Matsumoto Station to Kamikouchi Line Shinshimashima Station. Take the bus to Shirahone Onsen.

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A hot spring secretly located in the depths of Norikura

It takes about 2hours from Matsumoto by car via Auuma river and Norikura super Rindo to reach Shirohone onsen which is located in the forest. It is well-known but it’s hard to get there so it still keeps very quiet atmosphere. This Japanese style hotel is located in this area and designed for guest to enjoy smell of tree or relaxed atmosphere. There are rooms with an open-air bath so you can spend good time soaking in a hot spring.

Shibu Onsen Kanaguya

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Shibu Onsen Kanaguya

4.6

  • address
  • 2202, HIRAO, YAMANOCHI-MACHI SHIMOTAKAI-GUN, NAGANO, 381-0401, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • Nagano Railway Yudanaka Station

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The accommodation with history!

This accommodation is located in Shibu onsen, Nagano prefecture. This accommodation has been running for 225 years and the building is designed as a national Important Cultural Property and it has a mysteries atmosphere and you feel as if you are about to go to different world when you look the building. There are several hot springs inside of this hotel and you can enjoy soaking in a hot spring at different bathtubs. This area also has charms as a hot spring town so you feel great when you go for a walk around the accommodation with Geta.

Nozawa Onsen Kawaichiya Ryokan

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Nozawa Onsen Kawaichiya Ryokan

4.4

  • address
  • 8923-1 TOYOSATO, NOZAWAONSEN, SHIMOTAKAI-GUN, NAGANO 389-2502, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • [Nearest Station]
    20 min. by bus from JR Togarinozawa Sta. to Nozawa Onsen.
    70 min. by bus from JR Nagano Sta. to Nozawa Onsen.

    [From Narita International Airport]
    Special taxi available to Kawaichiya directly. (please contact us)

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It’s convenient to visit 13 outside baths

There are 13 different outside baths with different hot spring in Nozawa onsen. Staying at Kawaichi ryokan is very convenient to visit outside baths. Local people are boiling some vegetables at the spring source called Ogama. The hot spring at this hotel is of course 100% fresh hot spring water. The price is OK. This is a perfect hotel for someone who love hot spring.

Bessho Onesen Kanko Hotel

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Bessho Onesen Kanko Hotel

4.3

  • address
  • 323, BESSHONSEN, UEDA-SHI, NAGANO, 386-1431, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • Take the train from Nagano Shinkansen JR Ueda Station to Bessho Line Bessho Onsen Station

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A secret hot spring of Yukimura Sanada

I recommend Bessyo onsen, where NHK Taiga drama Sanada Taiheiki was set in. Jyouraku ji and Anraku ji are nearby so you can visit them. Even though it’s not super popular, there are some tourists come here. I recommend that you take a bath at Beccyo onsen and then visit Sanada treasure museum in Matsushiro as this place has strong connection to Sanada family.