Nanakusa no Yu

About us

Welcome to Bessho Onsen.
This hot spring resort is located in Ueda, the centre of between Tokyo and Kyoto.
Ideally situated for easy access, it can be reached from Tokyo in only 90 minutes by train.
Ueda Castle, occupied approximately 400 years ago by Sanada Yukimura,one of Japan's most famous Samurai, nurtured the development of history and culture in the surrounding castle town.
You can experience Not only there are many valable and histrical culturel assest can be found also a variety of pleasures and activities to be experienced each season, such as taking in the local seasonal landscape in open air baths, picking seasonal fruits and skiing and other sports in the winter in the city.
It is noteworthy that Nagano's famous sightseeing areas such as Hakuba, Karuizawa, and Matsumoto can all be reached in approximately one hour by car from Ueda city as well as connected by public transportations.
Snow monkey or Shopping in Karuizawa also easily accessible.

1,400-year-old historical hot spring resort of Bessho Onsen is traditionally called 'Sacred Onsen resort blessed by the Sun & the Land' is located only 30 minutes by local train from Ueda sta.
A lot of tourists visit all year round for its excellent quality of hot spring water, as well as for the spiritual and traditional temples and shrines that offer an elegant Japanese feel with real local wind.
Nanakusa no Yu suggests your unforgettable stay for enjoying Japanese experiences by relaxing with hot springs, dining on Kaiseki cuisine with local ingredients, and real Japanese night wering Yukata and sleeping on tatami mat with Japanese Ryokan atmosphere.



・Tokyo to Ueda : Approx.90min by Hokuriku Shinkansen.
・Nagoya to Ueda : Approx.210min by Shinano Liited Express and Shinano Tetsudo Line.
・Kanazawa to Ueda : Approx.100min by Hokuriku Shinkansen.
・Ueda to Bessho Onsen st. : Approx.30min by Bessho Local Line.


Bessho Onsen was written about in the 10th century in the famous Japanese historical collection of essays, The Pillow Book.
Of course, there are more several historical backgrounds or legends in this region.
Therefore, One thousand years later and Bessho Onsen is still a beloved place where visitors can relax in peace while gazing out over the lush mountains and rural landscape.
Although located near Tokyo, here one can appreciate the wonders of rural Japan and the beauty of the seasons' changing colors.

  • The Castle Blooming with Sakura

    The Castle Blooming with Sakura

    Japan's most well-known flower, Sakura, is used in Ueda city's logo. Every year in mid-April, 400,000 visitors come to the Ueda Castle Senbon Sakura Festival, where 1,000 Sakura trees blossom throughout the castle grounds and are admired by festival-goers with a beer in one hand and some Takoyaki or Yakitori in the other. Udon and Tempura dishes made using the wild vegetables found only in this area are also valuable to taste.

  • The Sun and the Green Land

    The Sun and the Green Land

    During the day, the warm sunlight bathes the land, and hikers and trekkers admire the rural landscape of mountain roads surrounded by sparkling green mountains and rice paddies. Just quietly hear the sound of the night. Chirping and whirring of insects all your around. John Lennon's favored summer resort, Karuizawa, is only one hour away by car.

  • Glitter of Golden Harvest

    Glitter of Golden Harvest

    The picturesque mountains colored red and yellow is a wondrous sight. Almost as if all the ancient village has worn brilliant party dress. The 1200 year-old Aizen katsura tree's leaves turn yellow; the trees near Shogunzuka change to crimson; and many other trees besides display their bright colors to the passerby. The rice paddies ready for harvest reflect the sun's rays and paint the countryside with a golden hue. Surely the harvest in autumn makes a lot of seasonal local vegetables and mushrooms that give you an great appetite.

  • Pleasant Sensation of a Brisk Morning

    Pleasant Sensation of a Brisk Morning

    Winter season brings an enjoyable crisp coldness and on rare occasions presents a snowscape of purity and elegance. Definitely, this is the best season to soak our remarkable quality of Onsen. Just make your body warm, make you feel your heart warm. Tourists can enjoy the season skiing and doing winter sports at Ueda city's ski resort. Jigokudani Yaen-koen well known for Onsen bathing Snow monkeys are only 90 minutes away by car.

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    An unforgettable Ryokan experience.

    Welcome to Ryokan Nanakusa no Yu.
    Nanakusa no Yu is located in the center of Besso Onsen. In this convenient location, guests can easily walk to a selection of famous temples and shrines that serve as the main tourist attractions of the area.
    The facility underwent a complete renovation in 2016.
    The new space is clean and beautiful, and completely adorned with tatami mat flooring so guests can move about without any shoes on throughout their stay.
    The staff are full of hospitable spirit, and international guests will be able to experience the unique hospitality of a Japanese Ryokan style inn.
    We will support you throughout your stay and help you to create unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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    Spacious and clean rooms.
    Beautiful rural scenery and night views light outside your window.

    There are two types of rooms in Nanakusa no Yu; the Japanese-style room where guests sleep on a traditional futon, and the Japanese style room where guests sleep in a standard bed.
    There are also special rooms which include an outdoor bath located right in the room.
    All rooms are large, clean, and comfortable.
    From outside the window you can view the beautiful mountain ranges, rural scenery, and enjoy the night view of the city.
    You will always remember the beautiful scene that lays before you beyond the window.
    Upon arrival, we present our guests with tea and traditional sweets.
    In your room, we invite you to relax in a lovely and colorful yukata.

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    Traditional Cuisine

    The seasonal cuisine of Nanakusa no Yu is cooked with traditional Japanese techniques, using fresh seasonal ingredients carefully selected by the head chef.
    With a menu that changes every season, we offer the most tasty vegetables and wild greenery for each season in the most appropriate seasonal cooking method that brings out the most delicious flavors.
    Dishes featuring locally harvested ingredients such as Shinshu beef and freshwater fish will satisfy your palate in every season.
    In addition, we have a wide selection of Japanese sake and wine, and you can enjoy the drink which is most suitable to be enjoyed with your meal.
    The seasonal cuisine of Nanakusa no Yu will undoubtedly be a most wonderful experience for you on your journey.

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    Picturesque Hot Spring Baths

    The public bathhouse of Nanakusa no Yu is located on the top floor.
    The spectacular scenery spreads out all around you undisturbed, vast, and beautiful, healing the tiredness of your trip.
    Throughout the 24 hours from check-in to check-out, you can soak in the hot springs as many times as you like.
    We especially recommend enjoying the baths in the morning.
    Please enjoy your bathing experience at a leisurely pace while taking in the scenery, like the morning sun beautifully appearing over the horizon in a way you have never seen it before.
    In the private bath, you can enjoy a personalized bathing experience for just you and your family.
    You can also enjoy more spectacular views from the terrace in the bathing room.

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    Supporting your comfortable vacation

    All the indoor facilities of Nanakusa no Yu are floored with tatami mats.
    Many Japanese-style sundries and sweets are available at the gift shop, and you can also purchase a selection of Japanese souvenirs.
    Coffee service is provided at the lobby after check-out.
    We welcome you to slowly enjoy a cup of coffee with us before your departure.
    You can also patake in some casual shopping and visit the coffee corner at the local shop "Nanakusa," which is located along the approach to Kitamuki Kannon, just 3 minutes on foot from Nanakusa no Yu.