We took the Nohi bus from Kamikochi back to Hirayu Onsen, then switch another bus toward Shin Hirayu Onsen. I have Nozawa marked on Google Map, it's just besides the main street. Nozawa is a more resort-style Minshuku as compared to Yomoshiro in Ainokura.

Foot hotspring at Hirayu Onsen bus terminal
Foot hotspring at Hirayu Onsen bus terminal
Books and Comic at Nozawa
Books and Comic at Nozawa
View from Nozawa
View from Nozawa
Nozawa Outdoor Hotspring
Nozawa Outdoor Hotspring

The outdoor hot spring is pretty small, as it's craved out from a one piece rock, among a miniature outdoor garden. They have a separate bath house plus outdoor hot spring for male and female, and a private shared hot spring. I would say this is a nice small hot spring resort: clean and quiet.

Nozawa Bath Area
Nozawa Bath Area
Nozawa 2nd Outdoor Hotspring
Nozawa 2nd Outdoor Hotspring

We didn't go anywhere as it is cloudy and drizzling outside, so we stay indoor to enjoy our first onsen resort experience.

Dinner is served at 7PM, and it had more food as compared to Yomoshiro Ainokura, but sadly is the beef is not as good as the Hida beef we have previously. The rest of the meal is nice.

Day 2

It's still a cloudy and rainy day, so it would be a waste of time to visit the nearby ropeway.

After a round of hot bath, we decide to walk around, probably to the next village. Shop and restaurants are almost non-existent along Shin Hirayu Onsen, but there are plenty of Onsen options.

Shin Hirayu Onsen is a nice, quiet and beautiful village town, service by active buses.

We finally found the Morning Market at Fukuchi 福地, but sadly it had already ended. Luckily we found a secluded restaurant which serve delicious Udon for just 150 Yen. I like the atmosphere at the old restaurant, which is next to a public onsen and cemetery. The lady owner offer something which seems like children day present to us, and she is indeed very kind and friendly.

It started to rain again and the rain didn't stop until night. We walk back to Shin Hirayu Onsen, have another round of hot bath, watch tv and have a nice afternoon nap. It's leisure time again at Nozawa.