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2211-1 Oaza Hirao, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
+81 269-33-2921
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in Shibu Hotel and after seeing the monkeys the hot bath seemed like a good idea. We did it all: dressed in Yukatas, wore the traditional wooden shoes and visited all the nine onsen. During the whole circle there were no other people...More

Thank Raija R
Reviewed April 26, 2018

We stopped off here for two days to break our busy holiday and to see the snow monkeys, as it is the closest town and therefore a great base. Our onsen provided transport both to and from the railway station and to the entrance to...More

3  Thank sydneysider48
Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

We chose to come here to see the snow monkeys but it April and there is no snow. Without the cold, the monkeys won’t get into the onsen. Still, it is worth it to go. The town is known for the 9 public baths, which...More

Thank WhirldTraveler
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

It is a small town with 9 different onsen. Although there are many 'hotel' within the town, only certain hotels can allow free access to the 9 onsen. We stayed in 1 that has access to the 9 onsen and it was a nice experience....More

1  Thank Lin Y
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Allows you to travel back in time. The night walk in your traditional Japanese yukata with the sound of Onsen water running, and the geta (footwear you can borrow from any ryokan) clicking the stone street is an unforgettable experience that is so unique. Locals...More

Thank Douglas M
Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

We came here for 2 days to visit the snow monkeys and stayed at a local ryokan. The town is magical, the views of mountains are beautiful and there is hardly any people/traffic a nice break from city life! The onsens are so relaxing and...More

1  Thank Kristyduncan21
Reviewed February 13, 2018 via mobile

A unique and authentic experience! The 9 ryokan are small and built from either tile or wood. Each is no more than 3 metres squared in size. There is space to undress and a small area to wash before getting into the onsen. The water...More

1  Thank Melanie M
Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

I read quite a few reviews which said there was nothing much to do here. This is the place to zen. Its buildings take you back a few centuries. Tourists are encouraged to wear yukatas provided by each ryokan and walk around the streets (even...More

Thank joyce018
Reviewed January 24, 2018 via mobile

We've spent 2 nights in Shibu Onsen. Day 1 we headed to the snow monkeys and then on Day 2 we were able to visit all 9 public onsens as we got a key with our Ryokan. A once in a lifetime trip and the...More

3  Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

I love checking out traditional onsen villages and Shibu Onsen is an awesome one to visit! The hot spring village is more than a thousand years old and is characterised by cobblestone lanes and quaint little wooden ryokans. We didn’t stay here as rooms were...More

1  Thank Marilyn C
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Response from Karen F | Reviewed this property |
My husband also has tattoos, we also thought it could pose a problem, however he had no difficulty accessing facilities, we just made sure the appropriate people were asked for permission, after that there was no problem