Nagano Kamesei Ryokan
2-15-1 Kamiyamada Onsen
Experience the heart and soul of Japan -- make Kamesei Ryokan your base for exploring Nagano. Our traditional Japanese inn features a soothing onsen hot spring bath. Feel the warmth of our wood construction while enjoying the inn's gardens and koi pond. Relax in the spacious 8~10 tatami mat guest rooms while lounging in a light yukata robe.
Both main onsen baths have outdoor baths as well, hand-built by our proprietor. One is wood, made from yellow cedar. The other is a garden bath made of river stones, and is open to the sky allowing you to bathe in the starlight as you soak in the onsen water.
*NEW: Private gardens for 2 more guest rooms just completed in October, 2009.
Local travel info happily provided by our proprietor. Tyler is an American who would be glad to share insight into his adopted home here in the Japanese countryside. Night View tours, 5am Zazen Meditation, Thursday Night Lion Dance practices are just some of the complimentary 'excursions' offered to our guests.
Full dinner and breakfast are available and are highly recommended in order to truly appreciate the ryokan experience. Gourmet Kaseki-style Dinner featuring local and seasonal ingredients +4,000 yen (pls advise in advance to allow for preparation); full Ryokan Breakfast +2,000 yen (pls request at check-in); or +5,000 yen for both.
(Vegetarian Meals Available Upon Request.)
Our town of Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen is unique because it is an onsen town -- feel free to use our wooden geta sandals and walk around in your yukata. Browse the many local shops, soak your feet in the footbath, or wander down by the Chikuma River. Or walk up to the mountain castle on the hill behind our town, or rent a bicycle and ride along the Chikuma River. For dinners out, our guests enjoy the wide variety of restaurants. Especially popular are Yumi's Yakitori, run by a very entertaining ex-geisha, and Kohaku which features a very, very spicy udon dish. We'll gladly walk you over and introduce you to the owners and get you situated with your order.
NOTE: Standard rooms are equipped with toilets; bathing facilities are with the hot spring mineral baths.
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: 10am.
No curfew / lockout.
WiFi in all guestrooms.
Vegetarian Meals provided upon Request.
Knowledgeable help for your Nagano itinerary is gladly provided.
Credit cards are accepted (NOTE: 5% Processing Fee)
This is a Trusted Review. Why?
Wonderful traditional ryokan with excellent hospitality. Quaint facility with nice indoor wooden bath and beautiful outdoor rock bath. Excellent service including prompt pick-up shuttle from the train station. Our host Tyler was helpful, courteous and knowledgeable. Once we arrived and saw how nice it was, we tried to change our itinerary so that we could stay another day, but we could not. We were also dissapointed that we did not plan take our meals there - I'm sure they are excellent. We look forward to the next opportunity we have to visit the area and will without hesitation stay at Kamesei Ryokan.
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