Yudanaka Shibu Onsen
One of Nagano’s classic onsen resort areas set at the base of Shiga Kogen. Yudanaka, Shibu, Kanbayashi and the other onsens that make up this historical district have convenient access to Nagano City via the Nagaden Railway. Onsens are an important part of the local culture with there being common onsen bathhouses open for public use where the villagers take their daily soak, and there are numerous foot baths as well. Shibu Onsen is especially distinctive with its narrow cobblestone streets that go so well with people strolling in their yukatas and wooden geta sandals. Some of the inns date back 16 generations and their wooden facades look like they came out of an anime movie. Just upriver is Jigokudani with its famous snow monkeys.
For those that would like an onsen bath with a view, try nearby Yomase Onsen’s Tōmi no Yu. 10-minutes by taxi from Yudanaka Station, the open air bath overlooks the Zenkoji Plain with the Northern Alps in the distance.