The thirteen Soto-yu dotted around the Onsen district are assets that are shared and cherished by the villagers.
Well maintained, the bathhouses are always kept clean, and provide a comfortable setting for villagers' everyday use, as well as for visiting guests.
At public bathhouses, villagers and guests can expect to communicate with each other in a warm atmosphere. Why not chat about the things you have experienced during the day while you soak and relax in the warm water? The Yakushi-sanzon (Yakushi trinity) is enshrined in the O-yu bathhouse, with twelve guardian deities enshrined at other bathhouses. All of these are considered to be guardians of the Nozawa hot springs.
|April to November: 5:00–23:00
December to following March: 6:00–23:00
|Charge||Up to you.Put some money into donation box at each Soto-yu.|
The Soto-yu do not have parking.
Located in the center of the town, the O-yu bathhouse—the symbol of Nozawa-onsen—is the largest and grandest bathhouse building among the Soto-yu.
This is a must-try bathhouse for visitors to Nozawa-onsen.
Though small, this bathhouse has a typical bathhouse style building with a traditional atmosphere. The water here is said to be good for skin diseases. The water is very hot, and it’s a popular place in summer, when bathing in the morning is a good idea.
This bathhouse is located a bit away short distance from the center of the Onsen district. The floor of the bathtub is tiled, and the slightly milky hot water here is constantly replaced as it flows from the spring.
There is a communal laundry behind this bathhouse building. This Soto-yu is much loved by locals.
It is said that hot water at this bathhouse is especially good for cuts, burns, and boils. The water here has a slightly greenish transparent hue.
An old bathhouse said to have been discovered by a bear. It is said that Nozawa-onsen originated in this place, which according to legend was shown to a hunter by an injured bear.
While the foundation of the building is stone, the bathroom inside is in the style of a temple, with a nice atmosphere.
This massive bathhouse is the largest of Nozawa-onsen’s Soto-yu. The communal bathhouse is in a building constructed in a temple style.
While the water you can see flowing from the mouth of the lion appears clear and colorless, the water in the bathtub is slightly milky.
This public bathhouse is located near the entrance to Tsutsujiyama Park, at the north end of town. People say that the water here is good for diseases cured by warming.
With its traditional style building, this public bathhouse has a relaxing atmosphere. The water at this bathhouse is good for those recovering from serious illnesses.
This bathhouse is located in the basement of a building below the Yokochi traffic lights, and the stone wall of the building serves as a landmark. The water at this bathhouse is especially good for skin diseases.
This Soto-yu is a somewhat modern western style building. The first floor is for women and the second floor is for men.