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[Tour D] Experiencing the Local People and Hot Spring Culture

An Old-fashioned Hot Spring Town where Hot Springs are a Way of Life

Nozawa Onsen is home to 13 community bathhouses. Soak in the hot water with the local villagers, and immerse yourself in the traditional hot spring culture, which developed in the Edo Period and has been maintained to this day.

Trip Details

Tokyo Station

Hokuriku Shinkansen - 90 minutes

Nagano Station

Hokuriku Shinkansen - 10 minutes

Zenkoji Temple, Symbol of Nagano

 Zenkoji Temple, symbol of Nagano
Zenkoji Temple, symbol of Nagano

Nagano's symbol Zenkoji Temple has drawn a large number of people of any belief since ancient times. Today, some six million people visit the temple per year. In Nagano City, which flourished with Zenkoji as its center, travelers can see historical buildings worth visiting.

Iiyama Station

Local bus - 25 minutes

 

 

 

Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen, where Hot Spring Culture Continues

Nozawa Onsen for enjoying footbaths
Nozawa Onsen for enjoying footbaths

Nozawa Onsen has more than 30 hot springs and 13 community bathhouses. All of the community bathhouses are 100 percent natural spring water, cleaned and managed daily by the local people. Soak in the hot water with the locals, and immerse yourself in the traditional hot spring culture, which developed in the Edo Period and has been maintained to this day.

Accommodations:
Nozawa Onsen

Local bus - 25 minutes

Kiriya Ryokan, a Casual Japanese-style Inn

The historical inn, Kiriya Ryokan
The historical inn, Kiriya Ryokan

The tranquility of the environment at the Kiriya Ryokan (a Japanese-style inn) brings a high number of repeat guests. This historical inn has been a favorite among writers and literary people, known as an unpretentious hot springs resort with artesian springs. Situated on a naturally flowing hot spring, Kiriya Ryokan has a down-home feel.

Iiyama Station

Hokuriku Shinkansen - 10 minutes

 

 

 

Nagano Station

Limited Express"Wide View Shinano" - 55 minutes

 

 

 

Matsumoto Station

Limited Express Azusa - 2 hours, 35 minutes

Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure

Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure
Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure

With 400 years of history, Matsumoto Castle is a National Treasure that every traveler should see. Once inside the keep, look out to the beauty of the Northern Alps. Matsumoto has an abundance of spring water. Spring water and wells can be found throughout the town. Pick up a copy of the Guide to Shinshu's Natural Water Features to appreciate the natural springs and wells around Shinshu.

Shinjuku Station

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