I put together this travel guide of Nasu with off the beaten path experiences and places. It is a guide aimed at someone who likes to see things that aren’t always in the travel guide books.
This local travel guide of Nasu is aimed towards solo travellers, couples, or small groups.
¥2,500 – ¥3,500 per person
Minamigaoka Dairy Farm is good for families, couples, and a small group of friends. It has activities like horseback riding, fishing, and animal petting/feeding. There is a range of shops and restaurants at the entrance, but don’t miss the Jersey milk and soft-serve ice cream! It’s so fresh! There also have skewered meats dishes and Jinigis kan (Lamb BBQ) if your appetite is bigger. Best to get there early as the car parking area can get crowded.
At first glance, this shop might seem funny or taboo. However, a visit to this museum will educate you on Japan’s history with the hemp plant. The shop staff was very informative (in Japanese) and allowed us to open the display case and touch the items inside. Also, there is even a cute little hemp shrine! The museum is small and sells several things that are not in your typical Japanese supermarkets, like hemp oils, seeds, and protein powder. Free admission.
Relax in one of the oldest onsens in Japan. The waters here are known for being therapeutic and you’ll feel great after getting out. The legend goes, an injured deer that soaked in these onsen waters was completely healed. That is where the name comes originates. Bring a towel, but shampoos and soaps are unnecessary as you cannot use them in these baths. They have a ryokan to spend the night in, but you can also go for the day!
Hamburger Cafe UNICO has a nice variety of burgers used with locally made ingredients. The interior of this place is minimalistic yet stylish. The staff are friendly and the background music sets a nice mood. In addition to the selection of burgers, they also have an eclectic drink menu with handmade sodas and shakes. The price ranges from 1600yen to 2200yen per person.
Mr. Beef has unique retro decor and is reminiscent of the US. They offer a wide range of Hamburg and steaks which they will cook to your liking. The staff was friendly and patient. We got a coupon for a free drink when posting our meal on to SNS! The price ranges from about 1300yen to 3000yen per person.
Local writer: Melissa B
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