Geothermal cooking experience at Nakabusa Onsen + Mt. Tsubakuro climbing at Enzanso 3Days

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B2 *
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Staying at one of the most popular mountain lodge in Japan, Enzanso, plus an overnight stay at Nakabusa Onsen hot spa which has a history since the 17th century, and a geothermal cooking experience, this is a greedy tour to enjoy mountain climbing and hot spring.

*this tour can also be conducted as a private tour (order-made tour) for groups. In this case, the price will vary depending on the itinerary and number of participants. In the case of last-minute applications, accommodation reservations may not be available, so please contact us as soon as possible.

Nakabusa Onsen is a hot spring wonderland larger than the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium that appears in the wilderness as you enter the foothills of the Northern Alps from Hotaka Station.

You probably won't be able to experience half of what Nakabusa Onsen has to offer if you just stay the night.
This is no ordinary hot spring!

In this tour, you will be guided by a local guide who loves Nakabusa Onsen. The guide will show you how to enjoy Nakabusa Onsen 120%.
The more you know and the more you enjoy, the more interesting Nakabusa Onsen be, and all hot springs in Japan also will become veeery interesting!

The trailhead in front of Nakabusa Onsen leads to Tsubakuro-dake, the Queen of the Northern Alps, which stands out from the other mountains in the area.
The view of Yarigatake which stands out in the middle of the mountains, is also superb.
We will stay at Enzanso hut, a very popular mountain lodge, and if weather permits, we will enjoy the starry night sky and the sunrise.

After descending the mountain, we will once again rest our tired bodies in the hot water of Nakabusa Onsen Hot Spa and fill our stomachs with a geothermal lunch.

The tour is offered in small groups (maximum 8 people), and the guide will help you enjoy the hot springs and mountain hiking.
Tours include a hands-on program. Guests will experience preparation, cooking, and cleanup together with the guide.


The forest road leading from Hotaka Station to Nakabusa Onsen Hot Spring offers seasonal beauty!
At Nakabusa Onsen, you can see the nearly 100 degree spring water being cooled to the proper temperature without adding water!
At "Yakeyama," the highest point of the walking trail on the Nakabusa Onsen site, geothermal heat is utilized to cook food buried in the ground.
The indoor bath "Furo-sen" has a wonderful aroma of hinoki cypress and the outside atmosphere seen through a window.
The combination of Mt. Yarigatake and the queen of alpine flora, the cluster of Komakusa, is a view unique to Tsubame-dake.
Tsubame-dake in the morning glow

Tour Summary

(starting point)
Ariakeyama Tozanshasenyo Parking Lot
Period of operationsJul 23, 2024–Oct 20, 2024
Duration of tour3 days
DetailsThree ways to enjoy Nakabusa Onsen

1) Hot Springs: Enjoy the Hot Water
Nakabusa Onsen Wonderland has
approximately 30 sources of hot spring water, and
15 outdoor and indoor baths.
Each bathtub has its own unique features, smells, spring quality, and truly has its own differences and good qualities.
Our local guide will introduce the features and recommendations of each one.
We hope you will conquer all the bathtubs! Let's try it!
Some bath tubs are mixed bath. But some of them have special hours only for women, so please ask your guide.
All bathtubs are 100% free-flowing hot-spring water, which is originally nearly 100 degrees Celsius and cooled to the proper temperature without adding water or heating, so please note that the water may be hot or lukewarm depending on the weather and wind conditions.

2) Geothermal Cuisine: Enjoy the Taste
In the Nakabusa Onsen Wonderland, there are places where you can enjoy geothermal cooking.
Local guides will prepare delicious, seasonal, and locally grown foods for lunch on days 1 and 2. Let's cook and enjoy geothermal dishes together.
*For dinner, ryokan serves a geothermal menu specially prepared by their chef.

3)Cultural Properties: Enjoying History and Culture
Nakabusa Onsen boasts a long history, and in addition to its hot springs, several cultural assets have been preserved with great care.
There are also numerous legends.
Let's tour the site with a local guide and listen to the interesting stories.
10:00 Meet at Ariakeyama Shrine Climber's Parking, Azumino City (Please consult with us if you are unable to meet at the meeting place or time)
10:30 Board the shuttle
  Stop along the way and take a walk
  Arrive at Nakabusa Onsen
  Geothermal cooking lunch experience (1).
  Mini-tour of the history and legends of Nakabusa Onsen
  Free time (choose ones from 15 hot springs for bathing)
18:30 Dinner (Japanese cuisine with hot spring dishes by the chef)
  Free time (choose ones from 15 hot springs to bathe in)
  You can bathe in the hot spring baths 24 hours a day.
  Go to bed on your own
6:00 Breakfast
7:00 Trailhead, hiking starts
  Kassen Hut
  Enzanso Hut
  Summit of Tsubakurodake
Enzanso Hut
17:00 (tentative) Dinner
21:00 Lights out
  Stay at Enzanso
5:00 (to be determined) breakfast
6:30 Enzanso, start walking
  Kassengoya Hut
  Trailhead, end of a hiking
  Nakabusa Onsen
  Hot spring bath
  Geothermal cooking experience (2)
  Shuttle ride
14:30 Ariakeyama Shrine Parking, Dismissal  
(tax incl.)
Number of people: 5 to 8

Adults TBD / person
High school students: -1500 from adult price
Junior high school student -5,000 yen off adult price
5th and 6th grade elementary school students (children's meals at Nakabusa Onsen) -10,000 off the adult price
4th grade elementary school students and under are not available due to difficulty in accompanying climbers.

Included in the price
Round-trip transportation from the meeting point to nearby Nakabusa Onsen, lodging, dinner, breakfast, bathing, bath tax, hand towel and toothbrush at Nakabusa Onsen, lodging, dinner, breakfast, lunch on Day 1, lunch on Day 3, Japanese guide service

Not included in the price:.
Additional meals, beverages, hot-spring clothes, bath towels, lunch on Day 2 (when climbing the mountain)
NotesRefer to the Information page for details.Information

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