Of the nine hot springs that make up the Yamanouchi district, Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen are the best known. Bathing in the nine traditional wooden baths in Shibu Onsen is said to ward away evil and bring good health and longevity. The area owes its geothermic activity (and much of its tourism) to the nearby volcanic Shiga Kogen, renowned for its superb skiing.

Yudanaka offers the unique sight of wild “snow monkeys,” the Japanese Macaques who appreciate the area’s warm waters in the colder months. In winter, the sight of the monkeys bathing amidst falling snow makes for a memorable experience of Japan.