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Yudanaka Onsen (“’“c’†‰ท๒) has a long history as a hot spring resort, dating back hundreds of years like the neighboring Shibu Onsen. However, Yudanaka has seen more development, giving it a more modern atmosphere than Shibu Onsen. The atmosphere becomes more traditional as one walks upwards from the bottom of the gently sloping town, where the Yudanaka train station is located.

Yudanaka Station is the last stop along the Nagaden Railway, so people traveling by train will first arrive in Yudanaka before exploring the rest of the Yamanouchi area. Right inside the station is the Kaede no Yu public bath, allowing visitors to start enjoying the area's hot spring water immediately upon arrival. There is a free footbath located just outside the station for travelers not quite ready to completely submerge in the water.

Near the top of the town and accessed by a flight of 112 steps is the Sekai Heiwa Kannon. The main feature of the temple is its 25 meter tall bronze statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, which overlooks the town of Yudanaka. There are a couple more statues of Kannon in the main hall as well as in the annex at the base of the large statue representing the temples along the Saigoku 33 temple pilgrimage route in the Kansai Region.

Getting there and around

Yudanaka Onsen is the main entry point to the Yamanouchi area. It is the final stop of the Nagaden Railway Line from Nagano Station (70 minutes, 1190 yen by local train or 45 minutes, 1290 yen by limited express).

How to get to and around Yamanouchi

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Kaede no Yu

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Sekai Heiwa Kannon

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Hotels around Yamanouchi

    • Hotel Tsubakino
      Hotel Tsubakino is an onsen ryokan with traditional setting and modern comfort. Enjoy the majestic views of mountains while bathing in the open-air private onsen. 3 min from Yudanaka Station.
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    • Wafu-no Yado Masuya
      A tasteful, authentic ryokan with over 140 year history. Free shuttle to the Monkey Park. Savor the award winning dinner. 100% natural onsen and Free Wi-Fi.
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    • Yudanaka Seifu-so
      A traditional ryokan with wooden building by Yudanaka Station. Unique onsen - private, open-air, apple, leaf baths etc.
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    • Yudanaka Yasuragi
      Mid-range
      A small 6-room inn with Ryokan meals and cosy interiors, Yasuragi is just a few minutes drive to Jigokudani Monkey Park and an 8-minute walk from Yudanaka Train Station. Hot-spring baths are featured. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free pick-up service from Yudanaka Station is provided. Yasuragi Innfs Japanese-style rooms have tatami (woven-straw) floors, futon beds and a flat-screen TV. Each room is air-conditioned. A fridge, an electric kettle and yukata robes are provided. All guests have access to the on-site hot spring public baths, and they can be reserved for private use. (please inquire at the front desk for more information.) Shiga-Kogen Ski Park and North Shiga Ski Park are both a 15-minute drive away. The property offers a free shuttle to nearby locations upon request, including Yudanaka Train Station. Parking is free. There is a convenience store right behind the inn.
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    • AIBIYA
      Budget-friendly
      Offering a barbecue and ski storage space, AIBIYA is located in Yamanouchi in the Nagano Region, 4.1 km from Jigokudani Monkey Park. Each room at this property features air-conditioning and heating, and low beds with individual lights. All rooms have a tatami (woven-straw) floor where guests can unwind and relax. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. Ryuoo Ski Park is 6 km from AIBIYA, while Hasuike Pond is 7 km away. A complimentary breakfast is served, consisting of bread, yogurt, seasonal fruits and coffee. Guests will also find a shop featuring local artworks on site.
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    • Yudanaka Tawaraya Ryokan
      Luxury
      A 5-minute walk from Yudanaka Train Station, Tawaraya offers Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Guests can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths and wear colorful Japanese Yukata robes. Massages can be requested for an extra cost. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A safety deposit box, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags are included in each. Rooms come with a private toilet but bathrooms are shared with all other guests. An outdoor hot-spring bath can be reserved for private-use and guests can enjoy looking out into the traditional garden. Dry cleaning and daily newspaper services are available at the front desk. Local products can be purchased at the souvenir shop. Traditional multi-course meals featuring local ingredients are served for dinner and a Japanese set-menu for breakfast. All meals are served at the dining room. Tawaraya Ryokan is a 10-minute drive from Snow Monkey Park and a 15-minute walk from Heiwa Kannon. Shiga Kogen Ski Resort is a 30-minute drive away.
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    • Senjukaku
      Luxury
      Boasting open-air hot spring baths, a heated indoor pool and beautiful Japanese gardens, Senjukaku offers traditional Japanese-style accommodation that has a historic charm. Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is a 15-minute drive away. Offering mountain views, all rooms are fitted with traditional tatami (woven-straw) flooring and a low table with seating cushions. In-room amenities include a flat-screen TV and a fridge. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. While staying at Senjukaku Ryokan, guests can unwind at the spacious public bathing area or reserve one of the cosy family baths for private use. There is an art gallery space at the lobby, showcasing Japanese drawings. A gift shop is also available on site. The ryokan serves various seasonal Japanese dishes, prepared with organic vegetables and local beef. The property offers free pick-up shuttles from Yudanaka Station, an 8-minute drive away.
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    • Sakaeya
      Mid-range
      Located in the centre of Shibu hot-spring area and a 5-minute drive from Yudanaka Train Station, Sakaeya offers Japanese-style accommodations. Guests can enjoy the on-site indoor/outdoor public hot-spring bath and wear the provided colourful Japanese Yukata robes. You can watch monkeys bathing in hot-spring water at the Snow Monkey Park, a 10-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a satellite TV, a safety deposit box and a fridge. They include a private toilet, while bathrooms are shared. Guests are welcomed with a complimentary sweet snack and green tea upon arrival. Guests can relax at the shared lounge or shop for traditional gifts at the souvenir shop. Photocopying and luggage storage services are offered at the front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas. A traditional multi-course is served for dinner and a Japanese set-menu for breakfast. Sakaeya Ryokan is a 10-minute walk from Heiwa Kannon and a 20-minute drive from Shiga Kogen Sun Valley Ski Resort. Zenko-ji Temple and JR Nagano Train Station are a 1-hour drive away.
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    • Wafu no Yado Masuya
      Mid-range
      On just a 5-minute drive from Yudanaka Station, Wafu no Yado Masuya features beautiful Japanese-style rooms, hot spring baths and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms boast a private outdoor hot spring bath. Masuya Wafu no Yado is a 15-minute drive from the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, as well as from the Heiwa Kannon (Peace Statue). Zenko-ji Temple is an hourfs drive away. The spacious, bright rooms at Masuya are comfortably furnished with tatami-mat flooring and traditional futon bedding. They come with a seating area, satellite TV and a fridge. Guests at the Wafu no Yado can soak in spacious indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, or take a flower pressing class. Ladies can choose from 50 colourful gowns to use. The Japanese hot spring experience is complete with award-winning multi-course dinners, served in private dining rooms. Delicious local specialities can also be ordered separately.
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    • Suminoyu
      Mid-range
      Located in the Shibu hot-spring district, guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths at Suminoyu. Massages can be requested and a footbath is also available for extra relaxation. A free shuttle is offered from Yudanaka Train Station, which is a 10-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms have tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A TV, fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags are provided in each. Rooms come with a private toilet but bathrooms are shared. Free Wi-Fi is accessible at the lobby and local products can be purchased at the gift shop. Luggage storage is available. Japanese dishes featuring local ingredients are available at the ryokan. Dinner is served in a private dining room. Suminoyu Inn is a 10-minute drive from Snow Monkey Park and a 25-minute drive from Shiga Kogen Ski Resort. Heiwa Kannon is a 15-minute walk away.
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    • Shibu Onsen Koishiya Ryokan
      Mid-range
      Located in the historical Shibu Onsen district, a‰ท๒ฌฮ‰ฎ—ทŠู offers both private and dormitory-style guest rooms as well as an on-site restaurant where local dishes, wines and craft beers are available. All rooms at a‰ท๒ฌฮ‰ฎ—ทŠู have air conditioning. There is no OnsenEBath in a‰ท๒ฌฮ‰ฎ—ทŠู, however, staying guests at a‰ท๒ฌฮ‰ฎ—ทŠู can enjoy 9 public baths in Shibu onsen(free). There are 2 shower rooms in a‰ท๒ฌฮ‰ฎ—ทŠู. At an additional fee, staying guests at a‰ท๒ฌฮ‰ฎ—ทŠู can enjoy exclusive evening entrance to Yoroduya's natural hot spring bath Momoyama Buro, which is registered as a tangible cultural property. The property provides shuttle services to and from Momoyama Buro and Jigokudani Monkey Park, which are under a 5-minute bus ride away. Pick up service from Yudanaka station is available between 15:00-17:30 for check in guest(free), booking in advance is essential.
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    • Minshuku Miyama
      Budget-friendly
      Minshuku Miyama offers Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can relax in the public outdoor hot-spring baths and wear Japanese Yukata robes. A free shuttle is available from Yudanaka Train Station, which is a 10-minute drive away and must be reserved at time of booking. The rooms feature heating facilities, tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A fan, a TV and an electric kettle with green tea bags are included in each. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. A Japanese set menu is available at the dining room. Breakfast and dinner are served. Miyama Minshuku Inn is a 15-minute drive from Snow Monkey Park and a 10-minute drive from Heiwa Kannon. Shiga Kogen Ski Resort is a 20-minute drive away.
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    • Guest House Honami-Kaido
      Budget-friendly
      Located 6.7 km from Jigokudani Monkey Park, Guest House Honami-Kaido provides accommodation with a garden, a shared lounge and a shared kitchen for your convenience. Both WiFi and private parking are available at the bed and breakfast free of charge. If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible in the surroundings and Guest House Honami-Kaido can arrange a bicycle rental service. Ryuoo Ski Park is 11 km from the accommodation, while Suzaka City Zoo is 20 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 100 km from Guest House Honami-Kaido.
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