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Jigokudani Onsen in Nagano

Seventy percent of Japan is mountainous, so hot springs are nearly everywhere in this island country. Many of these natural hot springs don't belong to any hotel or ryokan, but are available for anyone to soak in. Still others are located in National Parks and usually administered by a nearby city or prefecture, or sometimes commercial.

Sure it takes more time to reach an onsen located in a natural setting, but you won't regret the extra effort.

Many of them are accessed by local bus while others require hiking in on trails after arriving at a small train station. It takes a bit of effort, but doesn't looking at the Japan Alps, or at rushing rivers at your elbow with no clothes, no roof, and possibly a friendly monkey sharing the water sound like fun?

Super Natural and Wild Onsen

The single most unique quality about this onsen is that you are joined in the hot springs with the area's wild monkeys. (No, we're not kidding.)

Kawarage Ooyutaki
Kawarage onsen is 100 percent natural hot springs. The hot water comes down through a waterfalls which originated 20 meter higher.

Maguse Onsen
Maguse onsen is located in a public park in the Northern Japan Alps. The outdoor baths have spectacular panoramic views of the Alps.

Turunoyu Onsen

Minshuku Sakino-ya

The main bath is located directly under shear rock cliffs with the hot water flowing down from the cliffs. Looking up from the hot springs, the wild rock skin of the mountains puts you in touch with nature.

Kuronagi Ryokan
The ryokan is located high in the Japan Alps making it a spectular site to visit but sometimes difficult to get to during the winter months.

Lamp no Yado

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