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