Shibu Onsen is a very quiet and quaint little town. The main street comprising a few old style shops, ryokans, restaurants, bath houses, and temples. There are 9 public onsen, one each for men and one for women.
The residents here were very friendly. Bought some pottery at a small shop called "Yamamoto". The owner didn't understand English so I tried to use very limited Japanese to communicate with her. At the end she even gave us 4 apples as souvenirs. So sweet!
It was very cold and snowing heavily in January. The best thing was the atmosphere you can feel by going around the main street. Where else can you find Onsen egg for 50 yen?!
Ryokan Aburaya Tousen あぶらや燈千
Stayed in Aburaya Tousen for one night after visited the snow monkey park. The open aired private bath was spacious. We were frozen and exhausted from all the travel and the snow monkey park prior, spent the rest of the day soaking in the hot tub was the best!
We had a delicious 9 course dinner. The food itself was meticulously decorated and it tasted as good as it looked.
The amazing snowy river and mountain view of the town in the morning.
We chose a Japanese style breakfast. There was even a chef who cooked the eggs for us right there.