Snow Monkeys | Guide to Yudanaka Shibu Onsen area
My advices for traveling to Snow Monkey park, Yudanaka Shibu onsen traditional Japanese village full of hot springs and Shiga Kogen.
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ACTIVITIES in the Yudanaka Shibu Onsen area

Geisha performance during dinner

Hire a Geisha during your dinner

let local english speaking Geisha entertain you during your traditional japanese dinner. She will play for you on "Shamisen", sing, dance Japanese "Odori" and play with you simple games. If you 'll loose you have to drink, if you win Geisha must drink! I enjoyed a lot :)
Just add Geisha performance in my accommodation booking system.

Hot spring baths own tour

Make yor own Hot Bath Tour

(there are 9 Public Bath on the street of Shibu Onsen. There is saying - to take all of them is good for your body and health)
All of them got different quality of hot spring, consist from minerals and have healing history. If you do not have time to visit all of them, take the oldest biggest and strongest nr. 9 OYU. Samurais used this bath long time ago.

Origami Shibu Onsen

Visit Origami shop in Shibu Onsen

Its amaizing what you can find in this shop made from japanese paper. Come and have a look on the smallest orgimi in the World !
(you can get lesson of Origami making for small charge)

Sake tasting - Shibu Onsen

Visit Sake Gallery and Brewery

5min from Shibu Onsen (sake tasting)
Guality of sake is depend to the qaulity of the rice. Guality of the rice is depend to queality of the water. There are different ways how to make good sake. Here you can see the differencies.

Local games - Shibu Onsen

Play local Games in shops

You have to see and try ;)

Budha statue - Yudanaka Onsen

Visit Big Budha staue

in Yudanaka Onsen. Inside are 33 small Budhas from many Temples from Kyoto and other cities. People pray there 33times like in 33different Temples.

Half boild eggs in Shibu Onsen

Buy half boild egg made in rising hot spring

(50yen/each) Its just right in front of Kokuya ryokan,  on th e street of Shibu Onsen.

Local bakery - Shibu Onsen

Local bakery

I recommend very soft creamy a bit sweet vanilla bred rolls, but you can find here more fresh breds and sweets.

Soba noodles coocking class

Soba noodles cooking experience (all year)

Soba noodels are backweed noodles typical for Nagano prefecture.

Furits picking close to Snow Monkey Park

Local fruit picking

After you pay entrace fee, you can pick up and eat as much as you can.


Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano city

Zenkoji Temple (all year)

20min walk from Nagano station, National treasure and 3th biggest wooden Temple in Japan.

Obuse town - Hokusais hometown


small village full of art and chestnuts. Do you know who is Hokusai? I am sure you know his Ttsunami picture.

Mt. Shirane - not active volcano

Mt. Shirane

Half day trip to not active volcano full of hot spring (it's closed during winter season December-April)

Hiking in Shiga Kogen


Do you like to hike, walk and breath fresh mountain air? Yudanaka Skibu Onsen is surrounded by huge mountains with several lakes and lifts are operating also in Summer season. What about to hire private guide, who will take you to the best places around?

Nagano Olympics games

Nagano Olympic Games Museum and memorials

Memories on Nagano winter Olympic Games from 1998 you can see in Shiga Kogen, Hasuike area. "Olympic Kinenkan"

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