Lonely home in the middle of Nozawa Onsen Rice Paddies, Japan

Nozawa Onsen is a village located in Shimotakai District, Nagano, Japan.

The village is located just one hour’s drive from Nagano City in the northern part of Nagano - a charming hot spring village located at the foot of Kenashi-yama Mountain which is home to around 5000 people. Nozawa Onsen is said to date back to 8th century but has been renowned for its onsen hot springs since the Edo period. Legend is that the first hot spring in Nozawa Onsen was discovered by a bear and it was later shown to a hunter by an injured bear.

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