I will be visiting Yamanouchi for two nights in December - I plan to visit the monkey park and then relax at the hot springs.
I am just wondering if it's better to stay in Yudanaka or in Shibu? Availability is limited for the dates I have chosen and all the ryokans in Shibu are a lot more expensive - but if I stay in Shibu I get access to the 9 public baths so that could be fun. Is it worth spending a lot more to have access to those 9 public baths? Are they nice and is any of those public baths an outdoor one?
Accommodation in Yudanaka on the other hand is much cheaper. Shimaya onsen has great reviews and I am considering staying there - their website tells me that you only have access to 3 public baths if staying in Yudanaka.
What should I do? Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated.