Utsukushi-ga-hara Onsen & Asama Onsen
Utsukushi-ga-hara Onsen & Asama Onsen information
Northeast of downtown, Utsukushi-ga-hara Onsen (not to be confused with Utsukushi-ga-hara-kōgen) is the prettier of these spa villages, with a quaint main street and views across the valley. Asama Onsen's history is said to date back to the 10th century and includes writers and poets, though it looks quite generic now. Both areas are easily reached by bus from Matsumoto's bus terminal (Utsukushi-ga-hara Onsen: ¥330, 18 minutes, twice hourly; Asama Onsen: ¥350, 23 minutes, hourly).