Otaki’s cozy, rustic onsen (Otaki-no-yu) lies a few kilometers up the mountain from the village proper. You reach it by following a long gravel road through the forest. There is a terrific view of Mt. Ontake from the wooden tub. It’s only open on weekends and national holidays, but if you’re here then, it’s a great way to cap off a day of hiking the Ontake Pilgrimage Trail or an afternoon kayaking on Lake Shizenko.
You may also see Otaki Onsen’s monthly calendar here and there around the village. It always features hand-drawn exploits of Otaki’s brazen monkey tribes. This month they vex about getting clobbered by the local grandmas for trying to pillage the gardens.
Open: Weekends and Japanese national holidays year-round
12:00pm – 7:00 pm (last entry 6:30 pm)
Cost: Adults 500 yen
Kids 200 yen