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Shibu Onsen, located in Nagano Prefecture in the Honshu mainland of Japan, is a hot spring resort with a rich history that spans as long as 1.300 years. Lined with cobblestone lanes and traditional wooden ryokans, this quaint old town is an attractive destination for tourists. The hot-spring town has nine different baths available for locals and overnight guests staying on Obuse. Each bath has a unique name and is said to cure certain ailments, and it's said to be good fortune for those who bath in all nine during their stay. However, only one of the nine onsens are open to the public, so an overnight stay is required if you plan to bath in all nine hot springs.
Shibu Onsen is also close to the Jigokudani Monkey Park where the world-famous snow monkey reside. In Shibu, you just might run into a snow monkey or two looking for food. These critters may love hot-springs, but you probably won't find them joining you in your bath. If you did plan on seeing a snow monkey or two, then Shibu is a great place to stay before heading up to the monkey parks. Feel the atmosphere of a Japanese onsen village while strolling on the cobblestone streets in your yukata (light cotton kimono) during your stay. Shibu Onsen is just one of many great hot-spring options available in Japan. Come explore this diverse country with a private Japan tour or custom tour option with Japan Deluxe Tours!
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