For 1,200 years the Shiobara Hot Spring Area has been one of the most well-known hot springs in all of Japan. It has been loved and used by the Imperial Family, and distinguished Japanese writers. There are eleven different hot spring areas in the valley, including hotels, Japanese inns, and rustic open-air baths. Located in a deep silent mountain valley, Itamuro Hot Spring has been known for its therapeutic bathing water for over 900 years. The water is called Shimotsuke’s medicinal bath. (*Shimotsuke is the ancient name of the area.) The hot spring town along the Yukawa River still keeps the atmosphere of an old Japanese hot spring town. Hot spring water containing various components will warm your body from deep inside and is considered to help heal a variety of aliments and help to restore one’s health. You can experience the Tsuna no Yu (Rope bath), a unique way to bathe dating back from ancient times. You hold a rope in a bathtub and sink your standing body into deep water. Besides its many hot springs, Nasushiobara is also surrounded by beautiful nature, like the early spring evergreen and autumn foliage. During the summer months you can enjoy outdoor activities such as watching fireflies and canoeing.
Nasushiobara City is a hot spring resort town that is close to the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is a popular sightseeing destination where visitors can enjoy breathtaking nature and many hot springs. Shiobara valley showcases beautiful scenery in each season, such as evergreen, autumn foliage, and snowy landscapes. There are ten magnificent waterfalls and seven suspension bridges, including the Kurenai Suspension Bridge, which is a popular scenic site for its mountain autumn foliage.
If you want to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, the Hunter Mountain Shiobara is the largest snow resort in the Tokyo metropolitan region. There are 12 different ski slopes, including a 3 km downhill slope. There are family friendly areas, such as a slope for children’s sledding. This is a great place for family fun.
Access to Nasushiobara takes 75 minutes via the Tohoku Shinkansen from the JR Tokyo Station. You can download the smartphone application called ‘kokosil Nasushiobara’ for all of the latest sightseeing information.