Yamanouchi Town is home to 19 spas. Besides Yudanaka/Shibu Onsen resort with its 1,300-year history, hot-spring bathing can also be enjoyed in Shiga Heights and Kita-Shiga Heights to your heart’s content amid great natural surroundings.
Hot-spring baths in ryokan (Japanese-style inns) and hotels are readily available. The town is also dotted with public bathhouses where one can casually drop in. In addition, foot baths are available free of charge.
Making a round of hot-spring baths that offer varying waters and efficacious qualities is also popular. While visiting baths, bring with you an onsen tegata (or a traveler’s passport stemming from the feudal era) and receive a stamped record of each bath visited -- a fun way to make your tour of baths. There is another tour of public baths which is believed to ward off evil spirits and to bring divine favor for good health.
A refreshing soak in a Shiga or Kita-Shiga Heights hot-spring bath is a must especially after being pleasantly tired from all your outdoor activities.