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Yudanaka Japan
Yudanaka Japan
Yudanaka Yamanouchi
Yudanaka Yamanouchi
Yudanaka provides a nice Japanese experience
Yudanaka provides a nice Japanese experience
Yudanaka is called snow monkey town
Yudanaka is called snow monkey town
The snow monkey park is nearby
The snow monkey park is nearby
Yudanaka Onsen
Yudanaka Onsen
There are buses between Yudanaka and Shiga Kogen
There are buses between Yudanaka and Shiga Kogen
On the way to the onsen
On the way to the onsen
The sake brewery in Shibu
The sake brewery in Shibu
Yudanaka Japan
Yudanaka Japan
Onsen action
Onsen action
Shibu Onsen has more hot spring baths
Shibu Onsen has more hot spring baths
Snow monkeys sneaking into town
Snow monkeys sneaking into town
Shibu Onsen is very close to Yudanaka
Shibu Onsen is very close to Yudanaka
Shiga Kogen is very close by
Shiga Kogen is very close by
Shibu Onsen
Shibu Onsen
There are many onsen in the area
There are many onsen in the area
Snow Monkeys Japan
Snow Monkeys Japan
Yudanaka Japan
Yudanaka Japan
Near the Yudanaka train station
Near the Yudanaka train station

Yudanaka

Yudanaka Japan is commonly known as “snow monkey town” and is one of the areas in Yamanouchi along with Shibu Onsen, Shiga Kogen, and of course the famous Jigokudani Monkey Park that features about 200 snow monkeys that play and keep warm in the onsen. Yudanaka Onsen is also renowned for the many onsen for humans, the traditional Japanese experience on offer, and the easy access to many of the ski resorts around Nagano.

Where is Yudanaka Nagano?

Part of the town of Yamanouchi, Yudanaka (aka Yudanaka Onsen) is the region around the Yudanaka train station. Yudanaka is located in the Nagano Prefecture, 30 km northeast of Nagano City. The adjacent village of Shibu Onsen is 2km from the Yudanaka train station.

Ski Resorts Near Yudanaka

Yudanaka sits at the base of Shiga Kogen, with a 14km windy road that leads up to Sun Valley, the first of the Shiga ski areas. Okushiga-kogen, the most northern part of Shiga Kogen, is 25km from Yudanaka, whilst Yokoteyama at the southern end of Shiga is 20km from Yudanaka.

The drive from Yudanaka Onsen up to the main part of Shiga Kogen takes about 30 minutes. There is also a regular inexpensive bus service from Yudanaka train station to Shiga Kogen, although it takes a long time if you want to head to one of the outer Shiga ski areas because the bus makes many stops.

Yudanaka Nagano also makes a great base to explore the other nearby ski resorts, particularly if you have a rental car or are on a multi-resort tour (see below).

Distances from Yudanaka Japan:

  • Ryuoo – 10km northeast
  • Kijimadaira (Kita Shinshū Kijimadaira), one of the four interconnected Mt Kosha ski resorts along with Yomase Onsen, Yamabiko no Oka, and X-Jam Takaifuji - 14.5km north
  • Nozawa Onsen – 28km north
  • Togari Onsen – 26km north (a little west of Nozawa)
  • Madarao (interconnected with Tangram) – 26km northwest
  • Tangram (interconnected with Madarao) – 32km northwest
  • Togakushi – 46km west
  • Akakura (of Myoko Kogen) – 39km northwest
  • Seki Onsen (of Myoko Kogen) – 50km northwest

Getting to Yudanaka

After catching a bullet train to Nagano (see routes, timetables and fares on Hyperdia), you can catch a local train to Yudanaka on the Nagano Dentetsu line. Buy a train ticket at the Nagano ticket office, as this “snow monkey train” is not covered on the Japan Rail Pass. The train from Nagano to Yudanaka takes about 45 minutes. Most of the hotels in town provide a train station pick up service.

Yudanaka Ryokan and Hotel Accommodation

Yudanaka accommodation ranges from inexpensive hotels up to deluxe lodgings. There are various traditional Japanese ryokans as well as other hotels with traditional Japanese style accommodation with tatami flooring and futons on the floor. Only a few of the Yudanaka hotels have the option of western style accommodation. Most of the Yudanaka ryokans and hotels have an on-site onsen. Alternatively you can stay in a Shibu Onsen ryokan.

Our top pick for Yudanaka accommodation is the Ryokan Biyunoyado, which offers tatami rooms, western rooms with a tatami seating area, and luxury suites with a private balcony onsen. All rooms have a private bathroom, or guests can bathe in the lovely onsen (includes open air baths). In addition to the general onsen, other opportunities to indulge in Japanese culture include a rooftop private onsen, traditional Japanese evening meals, taiko drum shows, and a karaoke room.

Hostel Aibiya is an upscale hostel with plenty of delightful Japanese décor and touches. The hostel has 4 bed dorm rooms with single beds (no bunks) and private rooms (twin, double, triple) with shared bathroom. There is also a deluxe room type with an ensuite. Breakfast is provided and there is a fully equipped kitchen so you can DIY cooking for dinner.

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Facilities and Services

There are many Yudanaka restaurants, including soba, udon, other Japanese dining, a Chinese restaurant, and a coffee shop. Most of the restaurants are small and cute. Near the station there are also about 30 bars (mostly Thai and Philippine hostess bars) that have karaoke, food and ridiculously cheap beer – they compete hard for your business!

Near the station there is a small grocery store, a Lawson convenience store, and a post office. There are no ski or snowboard shops in Yudanaka, and if you’re looking for rental equipment you’ll need to organise this at one of the ski resorts.

Activities

In addition to the onsen in the hotels, there are public baths and foot onsen in Yudanaka.

Other local activities include a stroll through the nearby village of Shibu Onsen. You can walk to Shibu Onsen from Yudanaka or there are frequent buses from the train station. This cute historic onsen village features traditional Japanese architecture, ryokans lining narrow cobblestone streets, laneways and little temples. Here you may see people clomping up and down the street dressed in yukata and wooden thongs on the way to one of the public onsens. It feels like the ultimate traditional Japanese cultural experience!

The sake museum Tamamura is worth a visit, at least to taste the many sake varietals on offer. Nearby is a brewery if beer is more your thing.

Of course the quintessential activity in Yamanouchi (other than skiing at Shiga Kogen) is a visit to the snow monkey park. The trail head to the Japanese snow monkeys park is only a 5 minute drive from Yudanaka.
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14 Days | 13 Nights | 11 Days Skiing
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10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
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