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A different Onsen every evening

With 13 different onsens, it takes you a while to get round them all, but each has it's individual... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Zurich, Switzerland
end a perfect day

once you get over sharing a hot bath with around 15 naked fellows of your same sex its good. eases... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Noosa, Australia
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In the popular Nozawa Onsen area there are 13 individual baths called "soto-yu" (public baths). The history of hot springs go back to around the 800 AD.
Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun, Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
+81 269-85-3155
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

With 13 different onsens, it takes you a while to get round them all, but each has it's individual features and except for one or two, I enjoyed them all. Generally they are rather small andi the water can be quite hot (probably over 40...More

Thank E S
Reviewed 3 April 2018

once you get over sharing a hot bath with around 15 naked fellows of your same sex its good. eases the skiing aches. between 36-42 deg C depending on which bath you go to. essential to thoroughly shower and clean yourself first. Free, no cost....More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

I am Japanese but I have not experienced this type of onsen before. If you want to stay in Nozawa Onsen area, I would strongly recommend to stay at a place with uchiyu (house owned onsen). We tried 3 sotoyu out of 13. All of...More

Thank cotto C
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Hot Hot Hot and I don’t mean us gals who visited the Onsen! The public Onsen near the covered walkway was was VERY hot but very authentic. It is definitely a must for any visitor to the town.

4  Thank GFLizzy
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We had our own onsen in our Ryokan which was great but wanted to experience the public one. When I entered there was a women who couldn’t help me enough. I do have a small tattoo on my hip so I covered with tape. When...More

1  Thank sue T
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Amazingly unique, 13 +onsens in Nozawa to enjoy. Each one is unique as to architecture, water temperature and mineral content. Open until 23:00 or 24:00 Hhrs, doors are closed but not locked. Check out the one the villagers use to cook/steam food

1  Thank Lupin W
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

You've gotta try the free onsens will you are there, there are around 13 in village so good after boarding all day and the temp is great nice and hot. Very relaxing love it

1  Thank Yvette P
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I think we tried 4-5 onsens around Nozawa and we loved every one of them. Our goal was to try a different one each time. I think there are 13 in total. The local onsens are basic, clean, quiet and free! It was perfect to...More

4  Thank Hannah S
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Once you get over being buck-naked in front of other people, you’ll come to understand the blissful contentment of onsen culture. Even monkeys know a good thing... The village’s 13 public bath houses are spartan compared to the private onsens, but the public onsens are...More

2  Thank MadamNomad
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

We have visited quite a few of the onsens over 2 visits. Firstly make sure you know the etiquette re local customs. You can always take the lead in a subtle way from locals! Most are small and very hot and you may need to...More

1  Thank ChrissyPortmacquarie
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