Nakabusa Onsen

Top choice ryokan in Azumino

With over a dozen indoor, outdoor and sand baths, this rambling resort at the end of a twisty mountain road to nowhere will delight anyone seeking a peaceful retreat. The older honkan wing has basic rooms, while the newer bekkan wing is more comfortable. In late autumn gawk at stunningly colourful foliage against the backdrop of snowcapped peaks.

Day trippers can use one of the smaller rotemburo (¥700) between 9.30am and 4pm. Enquire at the Tourist Information Center for the limited bus schedule (¥1700, one hour) from Azumino to Nakabusa Onsen, or rent a car (and bring your nerves of steel).