Bessho Onsen has been told as the oldest hot spring resort in Nagano that it was started 1400 years ago. There are many old temples which was designaed as important cultural property such as “Kitamuki kannondo” cddply connected with Zenkoji temple and “Anraku-ji temple” of Hakkaku Sanjunoto as the national treasure.
Also, in Winter (December to February), the temperature falls down under the zero point, so you may need the outfits for cold weather. We recommend that you should prepare thick accessories such as highly functional inner wear, mufflers, gloves, knit hats and other accessories.
- 1. Spot Ranking
- 5th Bessho Onsen Station
- 4th Bessho Shrine
- 3rd Jorakuji
- 2nd Anrakuji
- 1st Ishiyu
- 2. Getting in
- 3. Other Area List
1. Spot ranking in Bessho Onsen area
5th. Bessho Onsen Station
Bessho Onsen station is a historical station opened in Taisho 10 (in 1921). Although the station building was rebuilt in early Showa era, it was reconstructed to the image of the inauguration in 2008, and you feel the Taisho era atmosphere spreadin this space.
Also the round window train is exhibited, which was used from 1928 (Showa 3) to 1986 (Showa 61). A part of the station building has tourism service so you can also get information of sightseeing here.
For the access, it is very near from Bessho Onsen Station via Ueda Electric Railway, and it opens from 9am o 5pm. No closed days throughout the year.
4th. Bessho Shrine
Bessho Shrine stands at the hill next to Jorakuji and is known for its amazing view of Shiudadaira seen from Kagura hall. It was founded at early Kamakura era, and the existing main shrine was built in Tenmei 8 (in 1788). Back at the main hall, there is a shrine that enshrines the god of matchmaking.
For the access, 10 minutes walk from Bessho Hot Spring Station via Ueda dentetsu railway. The entrance fee is free of charge and no closed days throughout the year.
Jorakuji temple is a historical temple which is said was established in early Heian period. There are many best sights to visit, such as Important cultural property “Stone Treasure Tower” and “Jogaku-ji Art Museum” exhibiting valuable UKIYOE paintings. In the precincts, there is a sweets cafe Umerakuen (closed in winter), which is nice for a break.
In the precincts, there is a pine that looks like a ship called “Mifune no Matsu”. The age is 350 years old. The recommended season is autumn. There are autumn leaves here and there in Joraku-ji temple, but there is beautiful autumn leaves that looks like emitting seven colors among them.
It is worth visiting once. The entrance fee for temple is 100JPY, and that for museum is 500JPY. It opens from 6:30am to 5pm. (7am to 4pm during November to March) at Joraku-ji temple, but at museum it opens from 9am to 5pm. No closed days throughout the year. (There’s winter holiday at museum)
For access, 10 minutes’ walk from Bessho Onsen station via Ueda Electric Railway.
Anrakuji temple is a Zen temple established in early Heian era. Anrakuji temple is one of the oldest Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, along with Kenchoji temple in Kamakura, which came across from China in Kamakura period and became very popular. In Sanada Taiheiki, Anrakuji temple appeared as Sanada Yukimura visited and stayed as a hiding place from the ones in grass.
The best sight is the “Hakkaku sanjunoto” (Octagonal three story pagoda) in the precincts. It is the first architecture which was designated as national treasure in Nagano that it is very famous for the valuable tower as it is existing octagonal tower established before modern era in Japan.
The entrance fee is 300 yen for Hakkaku Sanjunoto. The worship time is from 8 am to 5pm (until 4pm during November to February) and is open seven days a week.
Access is a 12 minutes’ walk from Bessho Onsen station via Ueda electric railway.
Ishiyu is a public bath that Yuya architecture is profound and attractive. It was said to be the outdoor bath as it hides Sanada Yukimura and the bathtub is made of stone and rock so it is indoor bath.
Ishiyu is like an open-air bath with a roof due to the large rock. Around Bessho Onsen, there is a lot of hot spring accommodation and facility such as Daishi no yu, Ooyu, so please stop by any chance. The charge is 150 JPY. It opens from 6pm to 10pm, and closes on 2nd and 4th Tuesday (It opens on national holiday).
For the access, 11 minutes’walk from Besso Onsen station via Ueda electric railway. You’d better take taxi or drive a car as it is a little far from the station.
2. Getting to Bessho onsen station from Ueda station
If you go by train, you can get on from Ueda station to Bessho Onsen station via Ueda Electric Railway (via Bessho Onsen station). It will take about 30 minutes. The fare is 590JPY for one way.
If you go by bus, you can take a shuttle bus that connects Ueda station and Besso Onsen station. It operates every day from April 1st to November 30th, and the fare is 200JPY / one day ticket is 500JPY. It will take about 1 hour.
Getting to Ueda Station from Tokyo Station
3. Other Area List
Tateshina – Venus Line
Lake Suwa, Kami-Suwa Onsen and Shimo-Suwa Onsen