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Yudanaka Onsen: A Romantic Retreat and Snow Monkey Haven

Yudanaka Onsen: A Romantic Retreat and Snow Monkey Haven


Located in the serene mountain town of Yamanouchi, northeast of Nagano City, Yudanaka Onsen offers a picturesque setting for a relaxing getaway. This hot spring town is perfect for a few days of relaxation, where you can soak in warm, inviting baths and enjoy breathtaking mountain views.

Town-of-Yamanouchi

Town of Yamanouchi

 

Highlights of Yudanaka Onsen

  • Kaede-no-Yu: A welcoming public bath conveniently situated at the train station, offering a warm soak as soon as you arrive.

  • Snow Monkey Park: Home to the renowned snow monkeys of Japan, famous for their own enjoyment of the hot springs.

  • Shiga Kogen Ski Area: Just a stone's throw away, this ski area invites guests to revel in winter sports and the natural beauty of the outdoors.

Shiga-Kogen-Ski-Area

Shiga Kogen Ski Area

 

Journey to Yudanaka Onsen: Your Gateway to Serenity

Yudanaka Onsen serves as the main hub to the northern reaches of Nagano Prefecture and Yamanouchi, conveniently positioned as the final stop on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line, ensuring smooth access by public transport.

Traveling from Nagano

Board the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line directly to Yudanaka Station from Nagano Station. This leg of the journey takes just under an hour.

Arriving from Osaka or Kyoto

Reach Nagoya station on Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen, afterward, transfer to the Shinano Limited Express headed for Nagano. Once there, hop onto the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line to reach Yudanaka.

Coming from Tokyo

Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano Station. From there, switch to the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line. The entire trip from Tokyo to Yudanaka spans a bit over three hours.

Nagano-Dentetsu-Nagano-Line

Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line

 

Yudanaka Onsen: A Journey Through Onsen History

Yudanaka retains its rich onsen heritage amidst its enduring mountain town spirit. The moment you reach the station, you're greeted by the inviting warmth of Kaede-no-Yu Onsen, marking the start of your ultimate relaxation retreat.

Kaede-no-Yu-Onsen

Kaede no Yu Onsen

 

Adventure Awaits in Yudanaka

Positioned ideally as a hub for exploring Yamanouchi, Yudanaka lets you easily hop between the hot springs at Shibu Onsen, meet the famous snow monkeys, and, in winter, hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

Evenings at Yudanaka

After a day of adventure, return to your traditional inn in Yudanaka, where you can don a yukata robe, enjoy a refreshing drink, and relish a sumptuous Japanese-style dinner.

Japanese-style-dinner

Japanese style dinner

 

Exploring Yudanaka’s Peaceful and Wild Sights

Encounter the Majestic Sekai Heiwa Kannon

Make your way up the hill to marvel at the Sekai Heiwa Kannon, a striking World Peace Buddha statue standing 25 meters tall. As night falls, it lights up, creating a serene spectacle. Don't miss the chance to ring the massive temple bell, echoing your prayers for peace around the globe.

Majestic-Sekai-Heiwa-Kannon

Majestic Sekai Heiwa Kannon

 

Meet the Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka

A short 10-minute bus journey from Yudanaka Station takes you to the trailhead leading to Snow Monkey Park. After a leisurely 30-minute stroll through the forest, you’ll start spotting the charming wild macaques. Watching these monkeys as they soak in the hot springs and play in their alpine environment is a truly memorable experience.

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Snow Monkey