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Nozawa Onsen Public Baths (soto-yu)

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Address: Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun, Shimotakai-gun, Nozawaonsen-mura, Nagano Prefecture
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In the popular Nozawa Onsen area there are 13 individual baths called...

In the popular Nozawa Onsen area there are 13 individual baths called "soto-yu" (public baths). The history of hot springs go back to around the 800 AD.

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A must-do in Nozawa Onsen!

Spending some time in an onsen (soto-yu) is an absolutely must in Nozawa Onsen! They are absolutely free! Be sure to read up on the onsen etiquette and take 2 towels with you... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spending some time in an onsen (soto-yu) is an absolutely must in Nozawa Onsen! They are absolutely free! Be sure to read up on the onsen etiquette and take 2 towels with you - a small one to wash yourself with and a larger one to dry yourself. The baths are very hot on the whole - some hotter than... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Please do an Onsen. It is one of those quintessential Japanese things to do. Yes you're naked with other strangers - but it's all part of the experience. Just make sure you follow the rules and protocols. They are on the door, but if in doubt ask or just follow someone else.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Note - this entry is not about a specific onsen location, but rather about the overall onsen experience in Nozawaonsen - don't go looking for a specific location based on this TripAdviser entry! the #1 and #2 rated (as of Dec 2016) "Spas & Wellness Centers in Nozawaonsen-mura" are both generic entries for the town. As with almost all public... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

Gotta love the experience, go native, follow the protocol chat with the Japanese it's the absolute best way to finish a days skiing

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Ulsan, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

I love Japanese baths. It is such a process almost religious in its procedures. These baths have beautiful architecture and are so traditional.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

We only visited the O-Yu public Onsen in Nozawa, and not any of the other 13 odd public Onsens. Whilst its architecture is very attractive, and the mere fact its 400 odd years old is pretty amazing its not close to the best Onsen I've been to. The main issue for me was that there are no 'amenities' there; you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

The historical wood construction of O-Yu is amazing. Beware: the water is hot! Also, bring your own soap, shampoo, etc.

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Nozawaonsen-mura, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

A must for hot spring lovers and spa aficionados!! Takes several days to fully experience each of the 14 different public spas, each from a differing spring with varied health and healing benefits. These are all free with a donation pot to the God of Healing and Hot Springs at the entrance so be generous, except for the recently completed... More 

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