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Bessho Onsen, looking down at Ueda in the distance and the Japan Alps on the horizon

Bessho Onsen, looking down at Ueda in the distance and the Japan Alps on the horizon

Ever since we have left Japan, we’ve been chronically starved for a good soak in a hot spring. So every time we come back, we indulge ourselves and spend a night in a fancy ryokan in a small hot spring resort. We prefer small towns over the heavily commercialized ones and a traditional ryokan over a huge resort hotel. For just one night however, good access from Tokyo is also important. Bessho Onsen (別所温泉) ticks off all the points in the list, thanks to the Nagano Shinkansen line. Bessho is a charming rural town with sulfuric waters, the oldest hot spring of the region. It moreover provides the visitor with just enough sights to see for a one day stay while leaving enough time for bathing and relaxing.
Octogonal Pagoda at Anrakuji

Octogonal Pagoda at Anrakuji

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