Hinokinoyu (Tobira Hot Springs)

桧の湯(扉温泉)
20
  • Inside
  • Hinokinoyu's manager
  • Entrance to the bathhouse
  • Signboard

This little onsen is hidden away way up the Susuki River (which flows through Matsumoto) on the winding road that leads around the back of Utsukushigahara Highlands. There are three hot spring facilities in Tobira Hot Springs, but Hinokinoyu is the only public one (the other two are hotels). Hinokinoyu’s water is clear, has a light sulfuric smell, and is not as hot as some of the other springs. The highlight of this bathhouse is the open-air bath that offers a great view of the gorge through which the Susuki River flows. Also, at ¥300, it’s very affordable!

Bonus: Every year from the 3rd of January to the 5th, the baths are converted into apple baths by floating about 100 apples in the hot spring!

Next to Hinokinoyu is a family-run Japanese diner called Kakesu that serves hot soba noodles and other Japanese meals.

Note that it can get a bit packed during hiking season. Be careful if you are driving here yourself—the road leading into the gorge is very narrow and winding, so be cautious of other cars coming from the opposite direction!

Also, the Myojinkan Ryokan in Tobira Hot Springs is a swanky place to stay if you want to enjoy the hot springs, mountains, and hiking! They offer pick-up service from the station.

Address
8967-4-28 Iriyamabe
TEL
0263-31-2025
Business Hours
10:00
19:00
Final entry 18:30
Closed
Dec 31–Jan 2
Also, the 2nd Thursday in December for inspection and cleaning.
Price

Bathing Fee

Adults
¥300
Parking Lot
40
Free
Access
BUS
30 min walk from Owago bus stop (terminal) of the Iriyamabe Line bus
CAR
50 min drive from Matsumoto Interchange
TAXI
40 min taxi ride from Matsumoto Sta
Aug 14, 2018