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Nozawa Onsen Public Baths (soto-yu)

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Address: Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun, Shimotakai-gun, Nozawaonsen-mura, Nagano Prefecture
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In the popular Nozawa Onsen area there are 13 individual baths called...

In the popular Nozawa Onsen area there are 13 individual baths called "soto-yu" (public baths). The history of hot springs go back to around the 800 AD.

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We have visited quite a few of the onsens over 2 visits. Firstly make sure you know the etiquette re local customs. You can always take the lead in a subtle way from locals! Most... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited quite a few of the onsens over 2 visits. Firstly make sure you know the etiquette re local customs. You can always take the lead in a subtle way from locals! Most are small and very hot and you may need to be right near the cold tap. ..unless you like VERY hot water. Take minimum clothes... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There are around 13 onsen huts scattered across the village. All apparently a bit different (temperature, properties, colour etc) as they come from different springs. Some have no changing rooms, most have no showers and some are very hot so be careful! Locals use and maintain the baths so try not to add water to cool the bath down. Kumanoyu... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the public bathing and feel the locals of Nozawa are very generous in sharing these wonderful bathing onsens. They are very, very hot and you can't scream ! And must suffer in silence but outcome is worth it ! The water comes from underground volcanic source so meant to contain all sorts of goodies ! Look at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice baths with both inside and outside options and different temperature baths. The showering facilities are semi private with half screens between them. The cost of 500 yen was very reasonable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The water is manageable for those who are not seasoned Onsen goers, and perfect for kids with a lovely outdoor Onsen where my girls cooled down standing in the snow and then warmed up in the atmospheric Onsen

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the traditional onsen experience in this beautiful little village. My local bath house was very small, one bath, housed in the traditional wooden building. The water was scorching hot on my first visit, with only one older lady able to tolerate the temp. On my second visit it was a bit cooler and I was able to soak... More 

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Orange, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous onsen quite small with two baths - all wooden - one hot and the other incredibly hot ! Great experience right on the Main Street in a beautiful building

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

one of the highlights of a trip to nozawa is using the public onsens. scattered throughout the village and often in beautiful buildings, they are basic but a great way to soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes. please, please familiarise yourself with bathing etiquette first- if you make a blue, the japanese will quickly correct you but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Spending some time in an onsen (soto-yu) is an absolutely must in Nozawa Onsen! They are absolutely free! Be sure to read up on the onsen etiquette and take 2 towels with you - a small one to wash yourself with and a larger one to dry yourself. The baths are very hot on the whole - some hotter than... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Please do an Onsen. It is one of those quintessential Japanese things to do. Yes you're naked with other strangers - but it's all part of the experience. Just make sure you follow the rules and protocols. They are on the door, but if in doubt ask or just follow someone else.

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