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“Quaint town with different onsens”
Review of Shibu Onsen

Shibu Onsen
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

It is a small town with 9 different onsen. Although there are many 'hotel' within the town, only certain hotels can allow free access to the 9 onsen. We stayed in 1 that has access to the 9 onsen and it was a nice experience. As it was a very small town, we managed to finish touring the town in half a day. We decided to do onsen during evening time as the weather is rather hot that day although it was supposed to be late winter. We thought it would be weird but when we started our onsen tour, many others Japanese have also put on the yukata visiting the onsen like us. As there are no rules to how to use the onsen, I noticed visitors usually do not clean themselves before going into the onsen. The water are also usually relative hot so it would good to test the temperature before going in and also adjusting the temperature using the cold water from the tap. Most of the onsens can only contain a handful of people. The smaller onsen at most 4 pax max seated in a small square pool. Water from the onsen are ok compared against other onsens I have tried as they are more for treating health issues rather than giving smooth skin. Is an interesting experience but also an awkward one whereby the changing room is next to the entrance door, facing the main road for some onsen.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Allows you to travel back in time. The night walk in your traditional Japanese yukata with the sound of Onsen water running, and the geta (footwear you can borrow from any ryokan) clicking the stone street is an unforgettable experience that is so unique. Locals are appreciative of your business and likes to showcase what this mountain town can offer. Will certainly be back!

Thank Douglas M
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We came here for 2 days to visit the snow monkeys and stayed at a local ryokan. The town is magical, the views of mountains are beautiful and there is hardly any people/traffic a nice break from city life! The onsens are so relaxing and each onsen is thought to have different health benefits- just lovely!

1  Thank Kristyduncan21
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

A unique and authentic experience! The 9 ryokan are small and built from either tile or wood. Each is no more than 3 metres squared in size. There is space to undress and a small area to wash before getting into the onsen. The water is straight from the hot spring and very very hot! Much warmer than onsen in hotels we have visited. We needed to add a lot of cold water from the tap before entering, and could only last a couple of minutes. Although the locals seemed to be able to cope for longer! We walked around town in wooden flip flop shoes, yukata and tanzen, which was an experience in itself!

1  Thank Melanie M
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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

I read quite a few reviews which said there was nothing much to do here. This is the place to zen. Its buildings take you back a few centuries. Tourists are encouraged to wear yukatas provided by each ryokan and walk around the streets (even in -4°C in the winter!) They are also provided with Japanese clogs or slippers.
It's a small village. The individual ryokans have their own onsens. But there are 9 public onsens situated in town that is accessible for free to each guest. It only takes 20 min to walk the entire circuit.
So if you need bells and whistles, don't come here. But if you like to soak in (pun fully intended) a bit of traditional Japanese culture, do come with an open mind and be intrigued.

Thank joyce018
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