Shirahone Hot Springs In Nagano: Access And Accommodation

03.April.2017 | SPOT

What Kind of Place Is Shirahone Onsen?

Shirahone Onsen is located in Matsumoto city in Nagano prefecture. On the eastern side of the Norikuradake mountains of the Northern Japanese Alps, this hot spring is said to have over 600 years of history. Thanks to the combination of the minerals mixing into the hot waters, the springs turned into a creamy white color, giving this spring the name ”Shirahone Onsen” or the ”white bone hot spring”.

Legends say that ”if you bathe for three days here, you won’t catch a cold for three years”. The Shirahone hot springs have always been known to be good for one’s health and many have visited to cure their illnesses and injuries here over the centuries.

As a milky white hot spring surrounded by nature, there are plenty of fans of the Shirahone hot springs. In this article, we will feature access routes, the effects of the springs, as well as recommended bathing facilities found in this hot spring area.

Traits and Effects of the Shirahone Hot Springs

Shirahone Hot Springs

Photo courtesy of Nagano Sightseeing Information Center
The Shirahone hot springs are known for their white, milky waters. The water itself that springs up is actually clear, but once the hot water comes in contact with oxygen, the hydrogen sulfide and calcium dissolved in it react turning the waters white. Therefore, depending on the time and weather of the day, the color of the hot springs vary.

The spring quality is that of a simple hydrogen sulfide spring as it contains sulfur and carbon. Therefore, when you bathe in the slightly acidic waters, you will feel yourself warm up instantly. The spring is said to relieve chronic fatigue, stress, stomach problems and gynecological issues.

In certain locations, you are able to drink the hot spring water as well. It is also said that the waters from this spring will help digestion and improve constipation.

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    Suwa Grand Shrine

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    Suwa Grand Shrine
    Address: 865 Kyukaruizawa Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
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    Information: http://www.nagano-jinjacho.jp/shibu/03tousin/02kitasaku/2042.htm

     

     

     

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    Kumanokotai Shrine

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    Kumanokotai Shrine
    Address: 1 Togemachi, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
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    Website: http://www.geocities.jp/kumanokoutai/

     

     

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    Senga Falls

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    Senga Falls
    Address: Senga Falls, Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    TEL: 0267-42-5538
    Information: http://www.town.karuizawa.lg.jp/www/contents/1001000000751/index.html

     

     

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    Kyukitazawa Ginza-dori

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    Kyukitazawa Ginza-dori
    Address: 878 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    TEL: 0267-42-1775
    Website: http://karuizawa-ginza.org/map/

     

     

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    Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church

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    Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church
    Address: Kyu Karuizawa Hotel Otowa No Mori, Kyukaruizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Website: http://www.hotel-otowanomori.co.jp/wedding/otowa_style/chapel.html

     

     

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    Karuizawa Livery Yard

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    TEL: 0267-48-2020

     

     

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    Outside BASE

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    Outside BASE
    Address: 2032-2457 Kitakaruizawa, Naganohara, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture
    TEL: 0279-80-5061
    Reservation TEL: 03-3306-4559 (10:00am-5:00pm / Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
    Website: http://outsidebase.com/base/

     

     

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    Zenko-ji Temple

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    Zenko-ji Temple
    Address: Motoyoshichō-491 Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
    TEL: 026-234-3591
    Website: https://www.zenkoji.jp/

     

     

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    Otomeko Park

    Shohei and Seina visit Otomeko Park during their date. The park is decked out with many public facilities including a cultural facility with a public hall and gym, a tennis court, a wild bird forest, and other forests you can walk around. The scenery is beautiful whatever season you visit.

     

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    Otomeko Park
    Address: 1275 Ko, Komoro, Nagano Prefecture
    TEL: 0267-23-8880
    Website: http://www.city.komoro.lg.jp/category/institution/kouen/otomeko/

     

     

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    The vegan restaurant, RK GARDEN surrounded by flowers and trees of Karuizawacho, Nagano Prefecture which serves organic vegetables produced in the Shinshu Area started this year’s operation from the 20th of April 2018.

     

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    RK GARDEN serves healthy vegan foods that do not use any egg, dairy products and animal-related ingredients. Since they use freshly cropped organic vegetables they purchase their vegetables from contracted farmers every morning, you can enjoy the deliciousness of fresh seasonal vegetables. Why not try eating healthy foods and become healthy?

     

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    The menu items they sell include “Rosemary-flavored potato gallate and grilled vegetables” using organic whole-grain, gallate made of potato and grilled vegetables produced in Karuizawawa and “Seasonal highland vegetables and home-made vegan quiche using mini tomatoes” which taste and look good.

     

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    The interior of the restaurant does not have any windows because they wanted their customers to feel the nature of Karuizawa and is filled with the scent of greens, sunlight, surrounded by flowers and trees. You can enjoy the warmth of Karuizawa’s nature with the antique interiors.

     

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    The restaurant can be used as a space for after wedding parties and usual parties, so why not make an unforgettable memory in this restaurant surrounded by the flowers and trees of Karuizawa?

     

     

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    RK GARDEN

    Address: 1138-1, Oiwake, Karuizawacho, Nagano Prefecture

    Business hours: Morning Time 9:00~11:00

         Lunch Time  11:00~16:00(LO)

    Fixed holiday: Tuesday

    TEL:0267-31-5330

    Website: https://www.rustic-kitchen.net/

  • Karuizawa Lake Garden Opens and is Filled With Beds of Roses and Tulips

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    There are 8 areas to enjoy in this natural garden, each of which are decorated in the natural vegetation of Karuizawa through the four seasons, especially roses. Across the 10,000m2 area are close to 400 varieties of English roses, perennial plants, herbs and more. Most of the flowers there bloom along the garden’s waterfront.

     

    The tulips flower a little later in Karuizawa, from April and May. The resort town has cool weather characteristic of such a plateau, and it’s here where the flowering season will arrive later than Tokyo and elsewhere.

     

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    Karuizawa Lake Garden

    Address: Lake New Town, Hotchi, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Flowering Season: April 20, 2018 ― November 4, 2018 (Karuizawa Town Day to take place on June 10)

    Garden Time: 09:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)

    *Opening times may differ depending on the season so please check the homepage for details.

    *The garden will be closed one hour earlier every Wednesday of maintenance.

     

    Website: http://www.karuizawa-lakegarden.jp/

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    All the electricity needed for the lights and cookware in the restaurant is powered with electric motors meaning you can enjoy your meal in a luxurious, quiet space in nature without electricity.

     

    信州エコグランピング「乗鞍 星と月のレストラン」長野

    The dinner, which is eaten in an open atmosphere, will ease everyday fatigue, and enable you to experience eco-glamping in a place you’d never get to in the city and remind you of nature’s awe.

     

     

    ■Information

    Norikura Star & Moon Restaurant

    Running: Every day from April 21, 2018–October 31, 2018 (*Reservations must be made 3 days in advance)

    Reservations: Begin April 16, 2018

    Price: 1 Adult \25,000 (tax included)

    *Price includes beer, wine and soft drinks.

    *Those aged below 12 are not permitted.

    *This program is limited to guests staying at Shirahone Hot Spring in Norikura.

    *Fee charged for certain alcohols (card payments only).

    Website:http://shinshu.miraidukuri.jp/program/alpsev/

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