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Recommended hotels in Shirahone Onsen

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Recommended hotels in Shirahone Onsen

I'm planning to go to Shirahone Onsen in Nagano. Which one is the most recommended out of the few hotels around there. Please give me your reason for recommendation as well.

  • Toyama
  • Shirahone Hot Spring
  • Hot Springs

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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I recommend Awanoyu. There are many types of hot springs in Shirahone Onsen but the appeal of this hotel is the water temperature of its hot spring. The water is warm and you can feel the natural sulfur, which was very comfortable for me.

The popular bubble bath

There's an open-air bath where both sexes can get in together, a private bath, a separated bath for male and female or an indoor bath at the famous Shirahone bubble bath, Awa-no-Yu. The outside of the building looks old but inside is clean and beautiful.

The spacious open-air bath

If you're going to Shirahone Onsen, you must try this hotel. As the name of the hot spring, Awa-No-Yu syggests, you can relax your mind and body in the milky-white hot spring. If the weather is nice, you can see the night sky full of stars while enjoying the bath.

There's rice-porridge made from the hot spring water

It's basically a room in relaxing Japanese-style. The open-air bath made from the rocks in nature has a special charm. The water is milky and clear. For breakfast you can try the rice porridge called Onsengayu, which uses water from the hot spring.

Onsengayu rice porridge for breakfast

The open-air bath section could be used by both sexes and of course they have separate changing rooms for male and female so it could be enjoyed by family or couples. I recommend you try Onsengayu for breakfast.

Shirahone Onsen Yumoto Saito Ryokan

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Shirahone Onsen Yumoto Saito Ryokan

4.6

  • address
  • 4195, Azumi Shirahone, Matsumoto city, Nagano 390-1515, Japan
  • Transport Access
  • 90 min drive from Matsumoto I.C. or Takayama I.C. / From JR Matsumoto station 2 hr by Matsumoto Electric Railway and bus. We have pickup service from Shirahone-onsen bus stop

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A historical inn

This is one of the historical inns among a number of Shirahone hotels and inns. It's a historical building but you don't feel it's old and both the interior and exterior have a beautiful appearance. The hot spring has water directly comeing from the natural source.

Shirafune Grand Hotel

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Shirafune Grand Hotel

3.9

  • address
  • 4203, AZUMI, MATSUMOTO-SHI, NAGANO, 390-1515, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • 50 minutes by car from Matsumoto Railway Shinshimashima Station

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There's a pretty open-air bath

You can get a panorama of the beautiful nature from the open-air bath, and you can feel open and free. You even can have a view from the bath inside. The room is in beautiful Japanese-style and you can see beautiful nature from the window.

Shirahone Ebisuya

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Shirahone Ebisuya

3.8

  • address
  • 4206-2, AZUMI, MATSUMOTO-SHI, NAGANO, 390-1515, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • Free transportation service available from JR Matsumoto Station

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You have to try the milky hot spring

When people heard about Shirahone Onsen, I believe they expect the milky-white coloured water. There are several hot spring places but I recommend Shirahone Ebisuya. The room is pretty simple but the mountain views from the room would heal your fatigue.

Katsura no Yu Maruei Ryokan

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Katsura no Yu Maruei Ryokan

3.0

  • address
  • 4185-2, AZUMI (SHIRAHONE), MATSUMOTO-SHI, NAGANO, 390-1515, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • 60 minutes by car from Matsumoto Railway Shinshimashima Station. 1 minute walk from Awanoyu Bus Stop.

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How about

Relaxing at a small inn. Many large inns serve ready-made meals. This is because it’s impossible to make meals for many guests with a small number of employees. The inns all have baths so I recommend you stay at a small inn where you can feel comfortable!