I visited NOZAWA ONSEN( natural hot spa) to relax with my family.
This is the northern NAGANO prefecture 3.5 hours from Tokyo.
This is one of the most popular snow resort in winter, I have visited skiing often since when I was a uni student and with my family.
NOZAWA village is the quiet local village in the mountain area, which is famous for its 13 free ONZENs run by locals.
These are all free simple ONSENs and well kept clean by them.
We stayed RYOKAN ( traditional Japanese hotel) KAWAICHIYA , where I have stayed many times.
They serve local foods , these are very delicious.
If you want to feel the local mountain atmosphere, check out NOZAWA ONSEN village and here.
You will find another Japan here !