ACTIVITIES in the Yudanaka Shibu Onsen area
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.
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.
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)
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.
Play local Games in shops
You have to see and try ;)
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.
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.
I recommend very soft creamy a bit sweet vanilla bred rolls, but you can find here more fresh breds and sweets.
Soba noodles cooking experience (all year)
Soba noodels are backweed noodles typical for Nagano prefecture.
Local fruit picking
After you pay entrace fee, you can pick up and eat as much as you can.
ACTIVITIES close by
Zenkoji Temple (all year)
20min walk from Nagano station, National treasure and 3th biggest wooden Temple in Japan.
small village full of art and chestnuts. Do you know who is Hokusai? I am sure you know his Ttsunami picture.
Half day trip to not active volcano full of hot spring (it's closed during winter season December-April)
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 Olympic Games Museum and memorials
Memories on Nagano winter Olympic Games from 1998 you can see in Shiga Kogen, Hasuike area. "Olympic Kinenkan"