Yudanaka Onsen is one of hot spring areas that is located in Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture, and was discovered 1,350 years ago. There are many Japanese style inns, which have a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Yudanaka Onsen is famous for its connection with Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), who was one of the haiku poem masters during the Edo period. He loved this area and visited often.
According to historical records, the hot spring was found by a priest named Chiyu(智由). The hot spring water flows from the surface of the ground. This is a popular area for people who are looking to heal their bodies.
There are many high quality hot springs in this area. It is considered that the name of the area, Yudanaka came from a haiku read by Issa when he was so impressed to see the many gushing hot springs.
Visitors can experience different hot spring waters in the districts of Yudanaka Onsen area since each district has their own source of hot spring water. The area does not share the same source of the hot spring water.
Ooyu has been used as a public bath since the Yudanaka Onsen first opened. (*Now the bath is usually closed to the public.)
Regarding the hotels/accommodations in the area, traditional Japanese inns and cozy family owned Japanese inns are scattered around.
“Yumeguri Tegata” (hot spring tour tickets) allow visitors to choose three hot spring bathes which belong to the Yudanaka Onsen tourist association. Visitors can also make purchases using the tour ticket at designated cafes and Japanese sweet stores. (For more information, please visit the Yudanaka Onsen tourist association’s website.) Entrance fee / 600 yen for those who are staying with an affiliated hotel or Japanese inn, and 1,200 yen for a one-day visitor.
Yudanaka Shibu Onsen is a hot spring resort that has many hot spring areas and an ample supply of water. Yudanaka Onsen is one of the hot spring resort areas. Nearby Yudanaka Onsen, there are the Shiga Kogen and Kita Shiga Kogen Highlands, which hold some of Japan’s most exquisite nature.
The world famous Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can see wild monkeys bathing is accessible from the Yudanaka Onsen area. To get to the park from Yudanaka Onsen, take a bus from the Yudanaka Station to the Kanbayashi Onsen and walk approximately 30 minutes.
Tokyo Station → 1 h 25 min (fastest) by Hokuriku Shinkansen → Nagano Station → 45 min by the limited train of Nagano Dentetsu Line → Yudanaka Station
Yamanouchi Town Tourist Association
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