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Yamanouchi 
# 103   of 179 destinations
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Yamanouchi is a municipality in northern Nagano Prefecture with a variety of tourist attractions. The area's Jigokudani Monkey Park draws many visitors because of its unique wild monkeys, who bathe in the park's natural hot springs. The monkeys are not the only ones enjoying the water, as the nearby towns of Shibu Onsen and Yudanaka Onsen are centered around the bathing experience.

The largest ski resort in Japan, Shiga Kogen, is also located within Yamanouchi. One single ticket gives skiers and snowboarders access to dozens of runs, some of which hosted events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Shiga Kogen and other parts of Yamanouchi are part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, which offers hiking and other outdoor activities when there is no snow on the hills.

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Attractions
 1  Monkey Park
Home of the hot spring bathing, wild monkeys.
User rating: 92/100 (65 votes)
Visited by: 110 users
 2  Shiga Kogen Resort
The largest ski resort in the country.
User rating: 85/100 (21 votes)
Visited by: 50 users
 3  Shibu Onsen
Attractive, old-fashioned hot spring town.
User rating: 82/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 45 users
 4  Yudanaka Onsen
Hot spring resort with a long history.
User rating: 84/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 59 users
  

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Hishiya Torazo
An authentic onsen ryokan in Shibu Onsen, established in 1843. From 6500Yen. Wi-Fi in lobby. Cute yukata available for ladies. Free transfer to Monkey Park.
Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
Centrally located and conveniently located steps away from JR Nagano Station. It is 1 hour to Yudanaka Station by train.
Senshinkan Matsuya
Authentic, wooden ryokan in Shibu Onsen. Internet WiFi available. Offering a shuttle to Monkey Park and Yudanaka Station.
Hotel Shirakaba-so
3 min to the gate of Shiga Kogen ski resort. Free internet, private bath and outdoor bath. 45 min to the Monkey Park.
Yudanaka Seifu-so
A traditional ryokan with wooden building by Yudanaka Station. Unique onsen - private, open-air, apple, leaf baths etc.

Tours and Packages
1-Day Snow Monkey Tour (From Tokyo)
Guided one-day trip to the snow monkeys, including a visit to Zenkoji Temple and onsen bathing in Yudanaka,

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User Rating (by 84 users):
87/100
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English Links
Yudanaka Onsen
Official English website.
Shibu Onsen
Official English website.
Kambayashi Onsen
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Yamanouchi Town
Official website.

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