When you’re visiting Japan you can’t miss the hot springs/Onsen – a magical, cultural and natural experience from which you emerge feeling revitalized, re-energized, and most importantly, relaxed. When I visited Ueda, I was lucky enough to take a trip to the public hot springs– I was told it was a must-do while I was in the area. It was a wonderfully calming experience, and so nice to unwind from the stresses of travel. I highly recommend it for those seeking relaxation and another unique aspect of Japanese culture.Emily <New Zealand>

Ueda is a 1-hour ride from Omiya or a 1 hr 30 min ride from Tokyo via the Shinkansen.

Bessho Onsen Area

Soak in 1400 years of history

The oldest hot spring resort in Nagano Prefecture provides smooth hot spring water, known as the “Water of Beauty”.

1400-year-old historical hot spring resort of Bessho Onsen is traditionally called "Sacred Onsen resort blessed by the Sun & the Land." It is located only 30 minutes by local train from Ueda station. Many tourists visit all year round for its excellent quality of hot spring water, as well as for the spiritual and traditional temples and shrines that offer an elegant Japanese feel with real local wind.

Bessyo Onsen Ryokan Association website: www.bessho-onsen.info More Information

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Accommodations with hot spring baths may add a separate charge for the bathing tax (¥150/person/night)

Kakeyu Onsen Area

Visit a 1200-year-old Therapeutic Hot Spring

You can enjoy recuperative hot spring water and the beautiful surrounding nature in all four seasons.

Kakeyu Hot Springs is located in nearly the dead center of Nagano Prefecture, approximately 70 minutes by bus from Ueda Station. Its location grants you easy access to Nagano Prefecture’s famous attractions, such as Ueda and Matsumoto Castles, Karuizawa, and Kamikochi. From the Edo period’s Genroku era, it flourished as a place for hot spring therapy, and the most forgotten item here is the cane. Thanks to the healing hot springs, many people feel better and forget their canes when they leave.

Kakeyu Hot Spring Ryokans and Hotels Association website (Japanese): www.kakeyu.or.jp More Information

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Accommodations with hot spring baths may add a separate charge for the bathing tax (¥150/person/night)

Reisenji Onsen Area

Reisenji Hot Springs are a 30 to 50 minute bus ride from Ueda Station. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, it retains a serene and dignified air. This place exudes simplicity and refinement.

Reisenji Onsen Ryokan Association website (Japanese): www.reisenjionsen.com

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Accommodations with hot spring baths may add a separate charge for the bathing tax (¥150/person/night)

Day Visitor Bathing in Reisenji Onsen

Public bath

共同浴場

Hours 7:00 - 21:00
Closed Open 7 days a week
Admission ¥200
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City Center Area

The downtown Ueda area has conveniently located hotels that can be reached on foot from the Hokuriku Shinkansen station, Ueda Station. 18 minutes by shinkansen from Karuizawa Station and 11 minutes by shinkansen from Nagano Station, it is an optimal location for sightseeing in Nagano. The station area has Japanese pubs, restaurants, and convenience stores.

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Accommodations with hot spring baths may add a separate charge for the bathing tax (¥150/person/night)

Sugadaira Area

Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort is approximately 200 km from Tokyo (approx. 3 hr by car/ 2.5 hr by Shinkansen and bus). The trails (base altitude: 1,250 m) are wide and there are 60 trails with plenty of variation for people of all ages and levels. It is a well-known location for rugby training camps, held there because of the cooler weather in the summer.

Sugadaira Kogen Tourism Association website (Japanese): www.sugadaira.com

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Accommodations with hot spring baths may add a separate charge for the bathing tax (¥150/person/night)

Sanada Area

The Sanada area is well liked for its beautiful nature and as the place where the Sanada clan had its beginnings. There is also a site where ninja are said to have trained.

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Accommodations with hot spring baths may add a separate charge for the bathing tax (¥150/person/night)