About Shirahone Onsen

About Shirahone Onsen

Shirahone Onsen (白骨温泉), where Shirafune Grand Hotel sits, is located in Nagano Prefecture (Nagano-ken), which is in the middle of the Japan's main island (honshu), and over 80% is covered by the mountains of Northern Alps of Japan.

Among those mountains, we sits between Kamikouchi and Norikura Kougen, at 1400m above the sea level, surrounded by deep beautiful forest of Chūbu-Sangaku National Park. It has a history of over 600 years, from Kamakura era.

Shirahone Onsen, where "Shirahone" literally means "White bone", considered to be referring from its milky color of spa. The hot spring's water oftenly seen or turn as creamy white color, due to the high caladium and magnesium ingredients, which is also safe to drink.

From the ancient days, people say that "if you bathe for 3 days, you won't get a cold for 3 years. It is also known as effective to relieve chronic fatigue, stress, stomach problems and gynecological health issues.



We have 5 types of different guestrooms.

  1. 12.5+8 TATAMI CORNER ROOM - Japanese-style
  2. 12.5 TATAMI ROOM - Japanese-style
  3. 10 TATAMI ROOM - Japanese or with BED-style
  4. 15 TATAMI ROOM - Japanese-style (No shower)
  5. TWIN ROOM - Western style with Twin bed

Amenities: toothbrush/towel/bath towel/yukata robes/ large padded kimono/ slipper/shampoo/rinse/bodysoup/skin lotion/hairdressing/ sewing kit



Dinner and Breakfast are Japanese style dishes. If there is some food that you cannot take, please let us know in advance. We will take care of another dishes.


Access - How to get to Shirahone Onsen

We are Japanese style modern Ryokan. We have Raunge, Karaokebox, Souvenir shop, and Massage room. We have vending machines for juice, tea, and beer.

Access - How to get to Shirahone Onsen

Access - How to get to Shirahone Onsen

Since we sits at the edge of Matsumoto city, where Takayama city (Gifu Prefecture) is our neighbour, you can access from both.

We, Shirafune Grand Hotel, also offer a free shuttle bus from JR Matsumoto Train Station. (* Reservation is required)

It is convenient if you first come to Matsumoto city by train and then get our free shuttle bus.

Please be sure to read more about shuttlebus below.

Free shuttle bus (Currently unavailable)

We offer free shuttle bus from Matsumoto to our hotel, once in a day.

Though the shuttle bus is free of charge, you need reservation before you ride. We strongly recommend to reserve our free shuttle bus on the same day you apply accomodation reservation.

Please note that, standing passengers are not allowed on the shuttelbus, so that if there is no vacancy seat, we could not accept any reservation for the shuttelbus.

  • Departure from Matsumoto:
    • Place: JR Matsumoto Station - West Gate
    • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Departure from Shirafune Grand Hotel:
    • Place: Our entrance
    • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Riding time: 90 minutes
  • NOTE *
    We don't run free shuttle bus during the following holidays:
    • Year-end and New year holidays
    • Golden-Week holidays (in May)
    • Bon holidays (in August)
    Please ask us for more details if you are planning during above days.
  • Tel : +81-263-93-3333

Wide Area Map

Widearea map around Shirahone hot spring
Widearea map around Shirahone Onsen

Shirahone Onsen is a well-known hot spring in the West Alps area, near Kamikochi.

Access by Car

By car to Shirahone hot spring
Route To Shirahone Onsen by Car

A new shorter route connecting Sawando and Shirahone has been completed from end of 2015. This new road, named Route 300, saves 30 minutes shorter than before.

Your navigation system may route via Norikura Kougen, which takes longer time. Though Norikura is also our suggested sight seeing area, we suggest to take the Route 300 for faster access.

Access by Train

By train to Shirahone hot spring
Route To Shirahone Onsen by Train

There is no direct train to Shirahone Onsen. However taking the train Matsumoto Dentetsu Kamikochi Line to Shin-Shimashima Station you may get local bus (Alpico Bus) or taxi to our hotel.

Contact us

Contact us

4203 Shirahone, Azumi, Matsumoto-City, Nagano prefecture, Japan 390-1515

  • Tel: +81-263-93-3333
  • Email: info@shirafune.net
  • Check in: 15:00 - 18:00
  • Check out: - 10:00

Please note our check-in time. For arrival later than 18:00, please let us know in advance by calling.