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Address: | Yudanaka Onsen, Shimotakai-gun, Yamanouchi-machi 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
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Nagano Day Trip from Tokyo: Snow Monkeys, Hot Springs and Zenko-ji Temple
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We had visited the snow monkeys so took local bus to the town and had an hour before the train to Nagano. There was not much open but we enjoyed an uphill walk to th Goddess of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2016
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

If you go early before 9.00am you will see the monkeys before you actually reach the park. After 10.30 it gets really busy so the tranquil forest walk leading to the park is more like M6 on a bad day. Monkeys fed by the rangers relaxing in the pools, totally chilled by the mass of humanity. Kids really enjoyed the... More 

Thank Tom R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

We had visited the snow monkeys so took local bus to the town and had an hour before the train to Nagano. There was not much open but we enjoyed an uphill walk to th Goddess of Mercy statue. There is a big bell to ring too. There are also 2 public foot baths - one near the station.

Thank wombatdavid
Hong Kong, China
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129 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely small town that is easy to get to from Tokyo by train. Many good hotel / ryokan options and lots of good food. Worth trying several onsen and trekking to see the monkeys.

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New Delhi, India
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

Yudanaka was the very first onsen experience in Japan. The trip was in December so with few guests enjoying the onsen had he whole bath for myself. The ryokan has Japanese styled rooms and we stayed in one such room with traditional tatami mat beds. Amazing healing waters in the onsen. The hosts are very warm and friendly and serve... More 

Thank Naresh B
Whidbey Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

This was an outdoor onsen. The view on a clear night is pleasant. You can also see the lights of the small town. It is private with fence and bushes. There is a small building to place shoes and other belongings. You can change and be out of the cold. We took our toddler and he had fun splashing in... More 

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Herzliya, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

It was a nice visit but a bit disappointing for me. When I heard "outdoor onsen" I immediately thought of a natural one with a beautiful mountain view. That was not the case - it was just a tiny garden surrounded by walls. The do not supply a yukata or towels (you can purchase a towel on the vending machine... More 

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Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I came through to see the snow monkeys and only stayed one night. The cherry blossoms (Sakura) were in full bloom a week or two after they were mostly finished in Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. There are orchids and orchids of them that you pass on the train on the way to town. This town and Shibu Onsen (right next... More 

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marietta GA
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627 reviews
256 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 303 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

i wanted to soak after teh walk to the snow monkey park and only one bathouse in Shibu was open to public - and only to 4 pm. In Yudanaka the bathhouse in the old train station is only 300 yen and welcoming of the public - even westerners. make sure you read up on onsen etiquette before you go.... More 

Thank marieatta_pman
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Wow, Yukiko is as beautiful as her surroundings! I highly recommend this Japanese village for a visit. We r here in summer and I will def b bk for winter and some skiing and some of this v special hospitality. Thank you t one and all! 🎎👻

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331 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

A lovely onsen with welcoming staff and a nice cosy feel We enjoyed the outdoor hot spring pool attached to our room - enjoyed whilst it snowed on us Dinner was a traditional Japanese affair - required dress code is kamoano (provided) and being in the mountains a lot less fishy than we had sampled elsewhere Remember - there is... More 

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