1,400 years old – Bessho Hot Springs has the longest history of any hot spring in Nagano. Just 30 minutes by train from Ueda station, this resort is full of ryokans (traditional inns), 4 public hot springs, 3 free foot baths, and a historic temple.

  • Temples

    1. Kitamuki Kannon
    2. Anrakuji

    Additionally, there are many shrines and temples where you can feel history around you, such as the 800-year-old Yakushido building at Chuzenji (temple) and Zensanji (temple). See this wide map.

  • Day bathing / Foot hot spring

    Within Bessho Onsen, with its 1,400 years of history, are six baths and footbaths that have been popular since ancient times. Visiting them while walking around the old hot spring town is the true pleasure of Bessho Onsen.

    1. Ishiyu
    2. Taishiyu
    3. Nanakuri
    1. Oyu
    2. Oyu-Yakushinoyu
    3. Aisomenoyu
  • Inns & Hotels

    1. Uematsuya
    2. Nakamatsuya
    3. Kashiwaya Honten
    4. Seizan
    5. Nanakusa No Yu
    6. Kawasemi no Yado
    7. Katsuraso
    8. Saito Ryokan
    1. Tsuruya
    2. Midoriya
    3. Tabinoyado Nanjo
    4. Tamaya Ryokan
    5. Hanaya

    See here.

  • Hiking / Viewing platform

    The nearby Mt. Okamidake & Mt. Megamidake have since long been objects of the hot spring people’s faith and are climbable in 1 - 2 hours. The summits overlook great views of Bessho Onsen and the Shioda plains.

  • Restaurants

    1. Hinode Shokudo
    2. Yakitori Katsura
    3. Bessho Espresso

Bessho Onsen Town Walking Map

Bessho Onsen Hiking Map

Bessho Onsen Wide Map

Useful Information


Wi-Fi is available at Aisomenoyu, Bessho Onsen Station, and at almost all inns.

English Volunteer Guides (EGG)

English volunteer guides are available all around Ueda City (private and group tours are available). Please contact the Tourism Division of Ueda City Office for more information.

Post Office/
Cash Withdrawal Bessho Post Office

●Postal windows: 9:00 – 17:00 (Mon-Fri)
●ATM machine: 8:45 – 18:00 (Mon-Fri)
9:00 – 12:30 (Sat)

Rental Bike

Free bicycle rental
(9:00 to 17:00, reservations unavailable) is available at Bessho Onsen Station.

Earth Works Gallery

This pottery gallery is run by a New York born American and his Japanese wife. They can also give information in English on attractions around Bessho.

Emergency Contact

Police station, dial 110
When you need an ambulance, dial 119


By Train
By Bus
Matsumoto Direct Bus

Day Visitor Bathing in Bessho Onsen



Hours 6:00 - 22:00
Closed 2nd and 4th Wednesday
Admission ¥150
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Hours 6:00 - 22:00
Closed 1st and 3rd Wednesday
Admission ¥150
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Hours 6:00 - 22:00
Closed 1st and 3rd Thursday
Admission ¥150
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Oyu-Yakushinoyu Foot-bath

足湯 大師薬師の湯

Hours 6:00 - 21:00
Closed Closed for the winter (Dec - Mar)
Admission Free
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Nanakuri Foot-bath

足湯 ななくり

Hours Mar - Oct 6:00 - 21:00 / Nov - Feb 9:00 - 18:00
Closed Open 7 days a week
Admission Free
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Hours 10:00 - 22:00
Closed 2nd and 4th Monday
Admission ¥500 (Adults), ¥250 (ages 6 to 14)
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Bessho Onsen Leaflet Download