Hi! Can I use ICOCA on Gururin- go bus, Nagano Electric Railway Ltd. Exp.& Bus from Naganohara to Kusatsu Onsen? Can you also recommend day soak onsen (real hot spring onsen) near Zenkoji Temple/Nagano? Thanks
The Nagano and Gunma areas don’t use fare cards, so you won’t be able to use ICOCA on any of the buses or trains that you mentioned.
As for onsen near Zenkoji, there’s a large natural hot spring called Uruoi-kan. Its waters are rich in iron and good for circulation. You can also drink the water, which is supposedly good for your bowels.
The Onsen is open from 6:00 to 9:00 and from 10:00 to 23:00. During the daytime entry is 670 yen per adult. It’s about a half hour walk or a 10-minute taxi ride from Zenkoji. You can find their Japanese website here, and you can click here for its location in Google Maps.
I hope that answers your question!