Nozawa Onsen’s Newest Bathhouse: Furusato no yu

December 21st, 2011 by
Category: Information, Onsens (Hot Springs)

Nozawa Onsen boasts 14 public bathhouses.  The latest, Furusato no Yu, just opened on December 15th, 2011. 

New Furusato no Yu's facade (Picture courtesy of Masaki Kono, Nozawa Onsen Tourism Assoc.)

New Furusato no Yu's facade (Picture courtesy of Masaki Kono, Nozawa Onsen Tourism Assoc.)

While it isn’t free like the other public bathhouses, it does offer basic ammenities like soap and shampoo.  It also features a variety of baths.  Nozawa Onsen’s hot spring mineral water tends to be a bit high temperature-wise (45 degree celsius bath, anyone?).  At Furusato no Yu, both the mens and womens sides have a regular bath (read, ‘scalding’) and one with a cooler temperature, as well as an outdoor bath.

The Open-Air Bath (Picture also courtesy of Kono-san)

The Open-Air Bath (Picture also courtesy of Kono-san)

Nearby O-Yu bathhouse tends to be featured in all of Nozawa Onsen’s tourism brochures, and can’t be beat for classic wooden charm and getting to bathe with the locals.  But thanks to the new Furusato no Yu,  now there is a newer and perhaps more approachable public bathing option.

Name Furusato no Yu (ふるさとの湯)
Description of business Public bath house
Address Nozawa Onsen Village, Shimotakai-gun (Google Map)
TEL (0269)85-3700
URL (Japanese) http://nozawakanko.jp/spa/furusato.php
Access On Asagama-dori Street, 500m (6 min. walk) from Nozawa Onsen Chuo Terminal bus stop
Operating dates and hours 2pm-9pm (Entrance until 8:30pm). Closed Thursdays. If Thursday is a national holiday, then closed the following day instead.
Prices ¥500 for adults; ¥300 for age 3 through primary school aged children.
General information for Nozawa Onsen Go-Nagano website

One Response to “Nozawa Onsen’s Newest Bathhouse: Furusato no yu

  1. This newly opened public bath will no doubt be one of the most attractive onsen for visitors. It looks user friendly (well equipped) while one can enjoy classic atomosphere at the same time!

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