How Nagano-ites Enjoy the Winter: Onsen “Notenburo”

December 31st, 2009 by
Category: Accomodations, Onsens (Hot Springs), Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics

What’s a family to do on a cold, snowy December Sunday? Why, go for a winter drive up to the mountains of course! The kids were off from school, and our inn was quiet, so we piled into the car and drove up to Takayama Village, about an hour east of Nagano City. There we went to Shichi-Mi Onsen for a soak in their bath. Of course, we take a bath in Kamiyamada’s Onsen waters everyday, but it’s fun to try other onsens every once in a while. Shichi-Mi’s has a lot stronger sulfer content, and is a couple degrees hotter than hours (approx. 43 deg F). The color apparently varies day to day — the day we went it was green. The best part was the outdoor bath with a spectacular view of the Matsukawa Valley covered in snow. Nagano’s beautiful nature and wonderful onsens — I knew there was a reason I moved here!
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Nagano’s Takayama Onsen: Shichi-Mi Onsen
Approx 40 min. by car from the Suzaka IC (JyoShin-Etsu Expressway) or 40 min. by bus from Suzaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Line (during winter, change at Yamada Onsen to the shuttle; 3 busses daily, more often on weekends)
Koyokan Tel (026)242-2710

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