Northern Nagano’s Best Après Snow Hot Springs Northern Nagano in Japan has some of the world's best snow parks. The powder is first class and the variety of slopes is endless. The area also has some of Japan's best hot springs. What better way to relax after a big day out on the snow than in a hot bath in an exquisite setting? This book introduces readers to the best day-use hot springs near the major ski resort areas of Hakuba, Nozawa and Shiga Kogen, as well as other smaller resorts in the region. Most hotels and ryokans (inns) have their own hot spring baths. But to really experience the Japanese onsen (hot spring) culture, it's great to get out to the local establishments and admire the views, architecture and history of these unique bath houses. The book provides detailed descriptions of each bath house, including the types of bath, the water quality, and other facilities provided such as cafeterias, restaurants, massage services, and so on. There are also detailed instructions on how to get there, with hot links to route and location maps. Whether it's a long soak at the end of the day, or a half- or full-day trip on a rest day, with this book, skiers and snowboarders alike will be able to greatly enrich their Japanese snow sports experience.