There’s so much to do and see near Kokuya!

Traditional Japanese townscape Stroll around the streets of Shibu Onsen

Shibu Onsen—a hot spring town where cobblestone lanes evoke a deep nostalgia for the good old days. Why not stroll around the area in yukata, sampling the nine different public bath houses and looking for souvenirs?

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen
Jigokudani Yaen-Koen
Car10 minutes by car from our hotel

About 300 wild monkeys live in this park. Don't worry, they are used to humans! You may find it humorous to see monkeys pleasantly bathing in an open-air bath. Pictures of monkeys like you don’t see every day are on display at the park's main office.

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Tamamura sake brewery
Tamamura sake brewery
Walk7 minutes on foot from our hotel

This sake brewery was established in Yamanouchi Town—a town in the foothills of the Shiga Kogen highlands—in 1805. Although the brewery is small, it makes great sake, and, as a unique countryside brewery, contributes to the image of the local area through their sake.

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Roman Museum
Roman Museum
Car10 minutes by car from our hotel

The museum was designed by Kisho Kurokawa, a world-renowned architect. It consists of a museum building and a restaurant building. Visitors can enjoy glass crafts, including lamps and roman glass, as well as special exhibitions.

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Sekai Heiwa Dai-Kannon
Sekai Heiwa Dai-Kannon
Car40 minutes by car from our hotel

This massive Kannon statue weights approximately 22 tons and stands approximately 25 meters. The statue is said to be the largest still-standing metal statue in East Asia.

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Onsenji Temple
Onsenji Temple
Walk7 minutes on foot from our hotel

Onsenji Temple is famous for receiving donations from Takeda Shingen, a powerful feudal lord, and is also popular among residents of the local area as a "power spot"—a place said to be filled with spiritual energy—where religious beliefs are tied closely to the hot spring.

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Shibu OnsenExplore nine public bath houses

There are all kinds of public bath houses in Shibu Onsen, with water from different spring sources and different beneficial effects. Visitors can collect stamps on a “wishing hand towel” at each public bath house while trying out different baths.
It is said that good fortune comes to people who receive the last stamp at Shibu Takayakushi—a temple with a view of the entire town—after collecting all the stamps from each bath house.

  • 1 Hatsu-yu
    Hatsu-yu
    Beneficial for:Digestive ailments
  • 2 Sasa-no-yu
    Sasa-no-yu
    Beneficial for:Rashes
  • 3 Wata-no-yu
    Wata-no-yu
    Beneficial for:Cuts, boils and pimples, fertility
  • 4 Take-no-yu
    Take-no-yu
    Beneficial for:Gout
  • 5 Matsu-no-yu
    Matsu-no-yu
    Beneficial for:Spinal disorders
  • 6 Mearai-no-yu
    Mearai-no-yu
    Beneficial for:Eye diseases
  • 7 Nanakuri-no-yu
    Nanakuri-no-yu
    Beneficial for:Injuries
  • 8 Shinmeidaki-no-yu
    Shinmeidaki-no-yu
    Beneficial for:Gynecological ailments
  • 9 Shibu-o-yu
    Shibu-o-yu
    Beneficial for:Fertility, rheumatism, nerve pain
An item for exploring the public bath houses“Wishing hand towel”
Wishing hand towel

Visitors to the hot spring town can collect stamps on a “wishing hand towel” at each public bath house while sampling the different baths. Try to collect all the stamps!

Shibu Takayakushi Shibu Takayakushi

Take in mother nature in Nagano A little farther away

Shiga Kogen
Shiga Kogen
Car20 minutes by car from our hotel

Shiga Kogen, located in the center of Joshin’etsukogen National Park, has about 70 lakes big and small, alpine plants, and even hot springs. It is a treasure trove of beautiful nature where visitors can enjoy skiing in winter.

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Zenkoji Temple
Zenkoji Temple
Car10 minutes by car from our hotel

The temple is a famous tourist destination. Its main hall is a designated national treasure. Zenkoji has a history of over 1,400 years. It is said that visiting to this temple once in your life grants Gokuraku Ojo—Buddhist paradise.

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Obuse
Obuse
Car30 minutes by car from our hotel

Obuse is the town of chestnuts, Hokusai, and flowers.
The town has many highlights, including a Hokusai museum exhibiting paintings, sketches, and letters that Hokusai produced while in Obuse, and Gansho-in Temple, where Happo Nirami Ho-O Zu—one of Hokusai’s greatest works in his later life—is on display.

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SORA terrace
SORA terrace
Car30 minutes by car from our hotel

SORA terrace is operated as a ski resort in winter. During the off-season, visitors can take in the beautiful views from the facility, which sits 1,770 meters above seas level—a sea of clouds, or a sunset. The place offers different things to do and see from season to season—blooming flowers in the spring, stargazing in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and skiing in the winter.

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Togakushi Jinjya
Togakushi Jinjya
Car1h 5minutes by car from our hotel

The shrine is thought to be one of the greatest “power spots”—places filled with mystical energy—with a history of over 2,000 years since its establishment. The Togakushi area is abundant in nature. Visiting the five buildings of Togakushi Jinjya is a popular activity, and many people visit the place to get energy and increase their luck.

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Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art
Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art
Car30 minutes by car from our hotel

Mayumi Takahashi is a doll maker who lives in Iiyama. The Museum of Doll Art exhibits her heartwarming dolls and attracts many visitors. Enjoy the world of her dolls and the picturesque sceneries of unspoiled countryside in which the dolls are set.

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