ACTIVITIES

Activities In Hirugami


There are many things to enjoy in the rural setting of Hirugami Hot Springs.
Fresh fruits can be bought at the famous morning market which is held each day, or you can try fruit picking and eat the delicious fruits at farms. With river boat rides, skiing, golfing, and traditional craft making experiences, both short stay visitors and longer stay guests will have an enjoyable stay.

Tour

1Half day bus tours from Hirugami Hot Springs

Southern Nagano Excursion bus tour.
With courses that change monthly, you can enjoy the fun of each season with cherry blossom, temples, and fall foliage.

Access from our hot spring
Time required: 3 hours return (Courtesy shuttles from your accommodations available)
Fee
Adults 2,000 yen (including tax)
Elementary school students and younger 1,000 yen (including tax)
Season / Time
All year round
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Reservation
Required
Contact
Hirugami Onsen Tourism Bureau

2Japan starlit night tour

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With the aid of a gondola lift, you will reach a garden at an altitude of 1,400 meters from where you can view the countless stars of the night sky, clearly visible without the light pollution of urban areas.

Access from our hot spring
15 min by car
Fee
2,200 yen
Season
Spring thru Fall
Contact
Hirugami Onsen Tourism Bureau

Shopping, fruits

3Hirugami Hot Springs morning market

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A chance to buy delicious seasonal foods while chatting with the delightful local shopkeepers.

Access from our hot spring
In the hot spring area’s Asaichi Hiroba (Morning Market Square)
Season
All year round
Contact
Hirugami Onsen Tourism Bureau

4Fruit picking

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Enjoy fruit picking in the small hamlet of Southern Nagano’s Achi Village overlooked by the Southern Japan Alps.

Access from our hot spring
15 to 40 min by car
Fee
1,000 to 2,500 yen
Season
Apples: Late Aug thru end Nov
Strawberries: Mid Jan thru mid may
Grapes: Mid Aug thru Sept
Cherries: June
Blueberry: Mid June thru mid Sept
Reservation
Required
Contact
Hirugami Onsen Tourism Bureau

Nature

5Cherry blossom tree bus tour

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Access from our hot spring
Time required: 3 hours return (Courtesy shuttles from your accommodations available)
Fee
Adults 2,000 yen (including tax)
Elementary school students and younger 1,000 yen (including tax)
Season / Time
Early thru late April
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Reservation
Required
Contact
Hirugami Onsen Tourism Bureau

6Peach blossom grove

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From late April until early May, about 5,000 peach blossoms turn this area into a paradise.

Access from our hot spring
15 min by car
Fee
Admission free. Paid parking
Season
Late April thru early May
Contact
Hirugami Onsen Tourism Bureau

7Mountains of the Japan Alps

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The famous 3,000meter peaks of the Central and Southern Japan Alps stand before you.

8Gondola lift (Heaven’s Sonohara ski area)

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In spring, Asian skunk cabbage bloom while, in summer, you can enjoy the cool air and flowers. The elevation accentuates the magnificent fall foliage during fall season. During winter this is a skier-only resort where you can see Hello Kitty.

Access from our hot spring
15 min by car
Season
Four seasons
Contact
+81 265-44-2311

Outdoor Activities

9Skiing

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Three different ski areas are within a twenty-minute drive. You can ski, snowboard, try sledding, or simply play in the snow.

Access from our hot spring
20 min by car
Season
Winter

10Golfing — Araragi Country Club

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Hill course. Developed on a plateau at an altitude of 1,200 meters with courses separated by Japanese white birch and larch trees.

Access from our hot spring
20 min by car
Season
Spring thru fall
Contact
+81 265-44-2311

11Rafting on the Tenryu River

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Known for being the famous downriver course in Central Japan. Two courses available to enjoy: a beautiful gorge or rapid river riding.

Access from our hot spring
Courtesy shuttles from your accommodations available)
(Morning only)
20 to 30 min by car
Fee
2,400 to 2,900 yen
Season
All year round
Reservation
Required
Contact
Hirugami Onsen Tourism Bureau

12Japan Alps mountain climbing and hiking

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The mountains of the Japan Alps can be climbed. Among others, you can use Japan’s highest gondola lifts to access one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains, Mt. Kiso Komagatake (2,956 m) from where you can see Mt. Fuji.

Access from our hot spring
1 hour 30 min by car or bus to the trailhead
Fee
800 yen from Komagane station to the trailhead
Season
June thru October (As far as top gondola lift is possible all seasons)

Traditional Culture

13Making soba (buckwheat noodles) experience

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This class welcomes even those who have no experience at all with soba. A professional will be at your side to carefully offer guidance. You get the chance to eat your soba creation when finished.

Access from our hot spring
Within the hot spring area
Fee
3,000 yen (serving up to four people)
Season
All year round
Reservation
Required
Contact
+81 265-43-3930

14Tsumago post town

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You will get the sense of an Edo period street in this classic example of an ancient Japanese post town. Hiking sections of old road to Tsumago is extremely popular amongst foreign travelers.

Access from our hot spring
25 min by car
Fee
Admission free. Paid parking
Season
All year round
Contact
+81 264-57-3123

15Magome post town

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Differing only in the flagstones spread out along the sloping street, stands with Tsumago as a typical example of an ancient Japanese post town.

Access from our hot spring
25 min Express bus ride and 2 km stroll
Fee
Admission free
Season
All year round
Contact
+81 573-69-2336

16Mizuhiki decorative crafts

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The exhibition, sales, and experience of making these wire crafts are an old tradition continued in the Iida area of Nagano Prefecture.

Access from our hot spring
15 min by car
Fee
Admission free
Season
All year round