Chubu, Honshu, Japan
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Azumino, scenic walk haven & free onsen

Easily overseen by tourists. This quiet town has a fabulously scenic walk and has lot of hikes to offer – e.g. Alps Azumino, Mount Hikarujo etc. Whether you choose to visit Hotaka shrine, onsen, wasabi farm or just walking around the town, there is NO CROWD. Peace at last!!

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I took a bicycle and went to the freebie foot onsen, known as Hachimen Daio Ashiyu 八面大王足湯, meaning 8 faces kings’ foot bath. In the morning, fresh hot water comes out of their mouths / noses. It is a perfect stop for tired feet. The onsen is right next to a hiking trail and the Azumino bath house.

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Nearby, 10min bicycle, is THE farm北アルプス (north arupusu?). Have to taste their milk and ice cream!! Totally heavenly. The milk taste is FIERCE. In Japanese, 濃いよ!!!

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How to reach this patch of heaven?

Matsumoto to Hotaka 30min by train

JR Oito line: JPY 320 one way if you don’t have the JR pass.

From the train station, you can:

  1. Bicycle: 200 JPY / hour. It took me 40min to ride to the onsen, but I am a slow rider.
  2. Walk
  3. Taxi

Bicycle rental is available just outside of the train station. The guys there speaks English and they give good advise on biking route.

**Also in this town: Daio Wasabi Farm (refer to my post)

Azumino is part of Nagano prefecture; i.e. winter comes swiftly and think of the 7 m snow walls… The bicycle shop and hikes are non-winter seasons only.

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