Bessho Onsen
Bessho Onsen
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Onsen Resorts • Thermal Spas
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Jellyzo
Tokyo20 contributions
Couples
"Onsen town" in Nagano prefecture. It is a clean and peaceful place and everybody is so friendly. When we walked around to visit some temples and shrines (not very big, but good atomosphere with 1000 years history), some of local people asked us whether we needed any information or suggestion. There were some walking trails, from short to long. Almost all of accommodation have their own Onsen, however, it should be a great fun to visit "public onsens" in the town.
There were not many shops, but you can find a good liquor shop (they have "Jizake" local nice sake, and "Ji-biru" locan microbrewed beer!) and some nice coffee shop, a tofu shop, Japanese noodles ("Soba") restaurants, and so on.
If you would like to tranquil days, Bessho will be a good choice!!
Written April 24, 2015
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wwwaddler
Singapore28 contributions
Solo
A great place to wander around for a few hours, visit temples & gift shops, have a dip in a day bath, and eat lunch. Easily accessible by quaint private train line from Ueda Station.
Written October 15, 2013
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Tyler-KameseiRyokan
Nagano102 contributions
Ryokans Hanaya and Kashiwaya Besso are a bit of a splurge, but will have you drooling with their classic traditional construction. Public baths O-Yu (historical architecture) and Ishi-Yu (were Sanada's ninja bathed) are classic.
Written April 13, 2012
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RachelSeven
Encinitas, CA10 contributions
The town has 3 traditional public onsen. All cost 150 yen and can be paid for by the vending machine near it's door. So if you don't speak Japanese, no problem. Men and women are separated. Local people use it as a place to scrub, socialize and soak, so it's a great cultural experience. There is a new modern onsen close to the train station that costs 500 yen. It has a free footbath outside. There is one other footbath in the town center that is also nice.

If you like mountains and hiking, head up the hill. The path is like a big dirt road that goes on forever (or at least until the Forest Park.) We took a side trail (very steep and obviously rarely used) and looped back to town. We walked for 4 hours but it easily could've been longer or shorter.

The town has some restaurants. We liked to just go to the 7/11 type convenience store located to the left of the train station. It had cheap prepared foods that we took on our hike.

There's a nice pottery shop with souvenirs galore. The owners speak English. Their website is earthworksgallery.com.

I would recommend *NOT* staying at the Mahoroba Youth Hostel. It cost about $70 a night, yet we weren't allowed into our room until 4pm. Also, there was no lock on our door and no safe provided for our passports. You can get better value if you go closer to town. You may spend a little more, but it will be a lot nicer.

This town would rate a 4 if our accommodation experience wasn't so bad.
Written December 21, 2008
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warren D
Vladivostok, Russia3,386 contributions
Couples
This is a great onsen choice when you in Ueda. It is nothing terrifically fancy, just a nice place to enjoy hot springs and relax. The staff are friendly, the meal tasty, especially if you are a visitor and want to experience traditional Japanese food.
Written January 1, 2017
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Gaikokujin P
Moscow, Russia7,069 contributions
Solo
One can enjoy not only soaking in hot spring water but also visit local temples, shrine and other places of great interest and historical importance.
Written March 12, 2014
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193_13
Singapore, Singapore41 contributions
Friends
Very welcoming and friendly staff .

Do not miss the wonderful kaiseki meal served in the room.

A substantial Breakfast is served in a common dining area .

Rooms are spacious and clean

Transport is provided to and from the train station
Written February 13, 2016
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Cliff S
137 contributions
Family
We came to Bessho-Onsen as a family, stayed there for a few days. We were able to enjoy the music festival when we arrived that weekend. Nice music, delicious food.
Lovely and kind people in Bessho-Onsen, we especially loved the little coffee shop we visited daily near the temple. We happened to stay at Bessho-Onsen for 5 days so we were able to be friends with some of the people whom reside there.

A very tranquil place... a very nice place to relax and take it easy... the natural hot spring water is available at the ryokans and also public baths. There are also many historical sites you could visit while there as well... if you were to take a stroll around the area you will find several temples, shrines and even a place where they make unique wooden toys called Ginga Kobo Toys.

It is a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city... only 30 minutes from Ueda city by the train... and to reach where all of the ryokans are you can either walk for about 10 minutes up the hill or arrange for them to pick you up at the Bessho-Onsen train station.
We will definitely come and visit this place again in the future...
Written September 10, 2015
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Noriko T
10 contributions
Solo
I was long for visiting there more than 20years. Pure hot springs are so nice, even can drink. Quiet temples, museum and architectures.
Written September 2, 2018
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Serena S
Chicago, IL160 contributions
Couples
the feeling of being in the hot natural spring water tub in the middle of the cold and snow was amazing. the place is so quiet and relaxing. Went for a walk around the town- so dead and not much happening, nothing impressive. but the resort was really nice. dinner was typical classical japanese, but you get the option of a continental breakfast, yey!
Written January 14, 2016
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