There’s not much else I can think of that will more effectively cure a mid-festival sore lower back and tired set of legs from trekking across the wide grounds than a quick (or maybe not-so-quick) soak in a hot-spring bath. Luckily for Fujirockers, nearby “Yukisasa-no-Yu“, a Japanese natural hot spring located right in Naeba-town extends its hours of operation to remain open around the clock during the entirety of the festival. This means you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing hot bath even after catching a 3am set at the Red Marquee or partying until sunrise at the Palace of Wonder.
Yukisasa-no-Yu can be reached by a 10-minute walk from the festival gates, right along the main street in central Naeba. The facility has both indoor and outdoor baths for males and females each, and a large room for relaxing post-soak. For those of you not familiar with Japanese public bathing culture, you may want to read up a bit on the manners and do’s/don’ts before entering, but as long as you remember to wash your body completely before entering the bath, everything else pretty much falls under common sense.
Entrance to the bath is 900yen for adults, 400yen for children, and there’s a couple’s discount (though you can’t bathe together) for 1,600yen per couple. The bath also has towels, shampoo, hair driers and other toiletries for rent if you need them. A small price to pay to recharge after a couple nights sleeping in a tent or a day trudging around with soggy boots!
The address is: 355 Mikuni, Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma District, Niigata Prefecture 949-6212