Onsen-by-Cable-Car: Hishino Onsen Tokiwakan
Tokiwakan : 常盤館
Ride a Cable Car up to Tokiwakan’s Panorama Onsen Baths.
In Hishino Onsen high above Komoro City, Ryokan Tokiwakan has a unique for the method of transportation to get to their onsen bath with a view: cable car! Hop in the car and operate it yourself for the 1-1/2 minute ride up the hillside. The baths feature a panoramic view (on a clear day, you can even see Mt. Fuji in the distance) plus have some fantastic architecture and all the amenities you need, such as soap, body soap, shampoo, towel rental, hair drier, etc. making it convenient to use.
At an elevation of around 1000-meters, Hishino Onsen is high up above Komoro City and the Chikuma River Valley. One of the inns there, Tokiwakan, has a large communal bath in their main building. But the claim to fame is their outdoor bath perched even higher up the hillside, and accessed via a cable car. Bathers go for a 1-1/2 minute ride in the car that they operate themselves to reach the bathing facilities. The view is outstanding -- one of the best of any onsen in Nagano. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mt. Fuji.
Nagano has more day-use onsens than any other prefecture. So it is fitting that there are some pretty unusual and unique onsen baths in Nagano. And everyone in Nagano loves to soak in onsens -- even the monkeys (c.f. the world-famous snow monkeys at Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park). There's even a book on Nagano's Top 100 Day-Use Hot Springs (https://www.createspace.com/4086253).
- Hours :
- 11:00-16:00 (last entrance) for day-use.
- Date(s) :
- Open daily, but closed occasionally for maintenance.
- Cost / Price of Admission :
- 1000 (500 for children 3+) for day-use.
- Time Required :
- 45 min
- Reservations :
- Not required(not required.)
- # of Participants :
- Foreign Languages :
- English (English is spoken.)
- Luggage Storage :
Access is definitely easier if you have a car, as it's a bit expensive by taxi.
tel : +81(0)267-22-0516 fax : +81(0)267-23-5648 Official site
- By Train
- From Komoro Station(Shinano Railway), by taxi 15 min. (approx. 2200), or Community Bus (100, approx. 35 min., 3 runs daily, does not operate on Saturdays or Sundays)
- By Car
- From Komoro IC, turn left off the exit and go up to Asama Sun Line ("T"-intersection) and turn right. At next light (Hishino signal) turn right and climb higher. Tokiwakan will be on the left. (12 min., 6km)
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