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Iseya

388 Narai, Shiojiri 399-6303 Nagano Prefecture
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4.5
#1 of 4 ryokans in Shiojiri
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Welcome to Iseya, your Shiojiri “home away from home.” Iseya aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

Kisono Ohashi Bridge (0.2 mi), located nearby, makes Iseya a great place to stay for those interested in visiting this popular Shiojiri landmark.

Rooms at Iseya provide air conditioning, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available.

And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

When you're feeling hungry, you can check out Kokorone (0.0 mi), Cafe Miyama (0.3 mi), or Matsuya Sabo (0.2 mi), which are all within walking distance of Iseya.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular history museums such as Narakawa Museum of History and Folk Customs and Kamidonya Museum.

Iseya puts the best of Shiojiri at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Free parking
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Hot bath
Non-smoking hotel
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Family
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388 Narai, Shiojiri 399-6303 Nagano Prefecture
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Good for walkers
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Dustyg1rl wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This gorgeous minshuku was our last stop on our walk along the Nakasendo Way.

Our group of eight was offered the top floor of the building at the rear of the property which was comprised of 4 tatami rooms and shared toilets.

After a hot bath an amazing dinner of fresh local dishes was served. The following morning an equally impressive breakfast was laid out.

Perfectly positioned on the main street, Iseya is warm and inviting with a friendly and welcoming host. A wonderful end to our week long walk.
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Date of stay: June 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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nomad2212 wrote a review Sept 2012
London
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in this minshuku for 1 night, hiking from Yabuhara over the Torii pass. It is located in the middle of the main street. It consists of the main house with the reception and I believe some rooms upstairs. The second house is at the back of the garden, my room was on the first floor of this house. The room was a typical minshuku 6-tatami room, with WC and hand washing facilities in the hallway. The communal baths (2) were in the main house across the garden. WiFi is available for free, in both the main house and in your room (2 different passwords), ask the owner.
Dinner and breakfast were served in the main house. The food was very good, consisting of numerous small dishes.
This is a typical minshuku providing standard service and good value for money. It is clean and in good location in Narai. I would recommend a stay here.
There are lots of shops along the main street, many of them dedicated to the lacquerware. Unless you are a lacquerware connoiseur and look for something specific, buy it here - there is no need to travel to Kiso-Hirasawa, the capital of lacquerware in the Kiso valley.
There is an interesting coffee shop on the right hand side of the main street (going towards the railway station) where the owner can make you a coffee using the old vacuum syphon method. You wil have a nice chat and be asked to sign his guest book.
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Date of stay: August 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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florianna_singkey wrote a review Mar 2016
Carlingford, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We found this lovely quaint stay via tripadvisor & the place do not disappoint. The host were marvellous people & speaks good English. The home cooked meal was amazing & so delicious. Even the shared bath was a very pleasant surprise, we love the deep wooden bath with ever-flowing hot spring water. Such a deep soak, completely refreshes, both body & soul after a good walk through the country side, feasting on the autumn foliage. Both my son & I regarded our stay at Iseya & Narai as 1 of the best day of our life. We will visit again :-D
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Date of stay: November 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We prefer the new room at the back of the main building, we love the garden separating the 2...
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Tay1 wrote a review Nov 2010
Wisconsin USA
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at the Iseya during a trip to Narai. Had not stayed at a minshuku before and it was a contrast to a ryokan. The Iseya was welcoming, and we were given a good orientation to the routines of the minshuku. Our room was a six mat room, which is small, but typical of a minshuku. There were communal facilities near the room.
The meals were in a large common room in the front of the building. It was raining, so we headed over there through a garden area wearing yukata, and with oiled paper umbrellas. Very Edo period. The meal was lavish and featured local products. I couldn't eat everything, but enjoyed what I did eat.
We were expected to lay out our futons, etc, ourselves. No problem since my wife is Japanese. We slept well to the sound of rain falling outdoors. The room had a small TV. The next morning while we ate, the room was put back into order by the staff.
The Iseya is reputed to be the best minshuku in Narai, and we found it to be very pleasant.
Again, visitors need to be aware that a minshuku doesn't have all the services of a ryokan, but the Iseya was certainly worth staying at.
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Date of stay: October 2010
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nick L wrote a review Apr 2015
Greater Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This traditional Japanese inn is on the main street of Narai, a beautifully preserved village. We stayed after a walk over the pass from Yabuhara.

The inn is at the more basic end of the scale: smallish rooms and futons that you make up yourself. It was cold outside and while the oil heaters kept the halls and rooms toasty, I wasn't keen to leave the one in the room on overnight.

There are two private bathrooms with deep, very hot baths. You go in when not in use by another guest, and lock the door behind you. The baths were nice, but not as fantastic as some others we experienced.

The food was exceptional: as usual for this type of accommodation the emphasis was on seasonal and local produce, and both dinner and breakfast showcased a number of small, delicious courses.

Recommended, but appreciate that this is traditional and rustic, not a five star hotel.
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CHYL2013 wrote a review Oct 2018
Hong Kong, China
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here during the 3rd night on the Nakasendo trail. Right inside Narai-juku, this atmospheric family run inn (Sakai family, 6 generations!) used to be a small warehouse in the past. The old building has an atmospheric charm of old Edo (like the town). We stayed in the annex and we had the largest room. The inn is not large, at most 20 guests can be accommodated, so book early! Baths and toilets are shared, and meals are served at a larger hall in the main building. Board is inclusive of 2 meals - dinner and breakfast. Food is prepared from fresh local ingredients of the season, and before tucking in, Sakai-san will give a small intro.

You lay out your own futons at night, and lights out by 10 pm - which is no problem, since most people staying are also doing the Nakasendo hike and all want a good rest.

Atmospheric, wonderful and charming. On check-out, don't be surprised if Sakai-San takes your photo to commemorate the visit:) Book on their website early to avoid disappointment.
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Date of stay: October 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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niceyan wrote a review Jun 2017
Singapore, Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here as part of the Nakasendo Trail. Iseya is in the middle of the Narai town. Its a simple ryokan with shared bathroom. The bathroom and shower area are very clean. The room is comfortable and I had a good sleep. Oh! and there's a few pokestops here.

The dinner and breakfast here are wonderful as well. The staff are very friendly. Overall, I highly recommend this ryokan.
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Date of stay: March 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Margo37 wrote a review Oct 2016
Dublin, Ireland
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived here for our third night on the Nakasendo trail, arriving in Narai from the Tori Pass around 3 p.m. - not a sinner in sight! We did find a café/bar open, so had several beers before heading for Iseya.
We had two adjoining rooms just above the front door, up a flight of dark wooden steps. The rooms separated by a sliding panel. We were shown where our mattress and bedding was stored in the cupboard outside the rooms, so one could help oneself to several mattresses if needed - mine was fine with one. The room was laid out with all the other stuff. We had arranged to have our luggage delivered here, to be forwarded the next day, so able to get fresh clothes, etc.
The bathroom had a big Kiso umbrella pine tub and was just down the corridor on the ground floor, with changing room adjoining - for everyone's use, so sometimes a queue. Down at the back of the building there were toilets and a range of wash-hand basins. There were more bedrooms at the back of the garden.
Lovely little garden with a fish pond of golden fish, trees, flowers and somewhere to sit.
The dining room is on the ground floor where everyone ate, and our meal was at 6 p.m. We had about 15 different dishes all beautifully presented. Similar for breakfast the next morning at 7.30 a.m.
We were able to use a small room off the dining room to sit in after the meal and have a drink and chat.
I was woken at 5 a.m. by birds chattering in the eves. The town was very quiet and I had a good night's sleep.
Our host was very helpful, arranging for the luggage forwarding to open early to take our bags.
I had several walks around the town which appeared deserted, like a wild west town. There were one or two shops open, and a temple at the end of the town. It was nice to see the other houses in the town, not as old as those in the main street which was quite like a film set.
I enjoyed the stay here.
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Date of stay: June 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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kmquek wrote a review Oct 2016
Singapore, Singapore
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the best inns to stay in when you visit Narai. Facilities, service and food are excellent. You need to go make sure you book early as this Inn usually gets booked up first as it is very popular given that it has the best facilities in Narai.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Matac54 wrote a review Sept 2016
Dublin, Ireland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Our room in Iseya was quite comfortable, though there are mosquitoes in the garden and the mosquito screens in the bedroom did not fit properly so this could be an issue for some. The futons were fine but the pillows were traditional (ie they felt as if they were filled with ceramic baking beans) and I found them very uncomfortable. Also this was the only ryokan we stayed in in which we had to make up our own futons in the evening. The bath was hot and pleasant. There was no flexibility around dinner and breakfast times. The food was very traditional and probably not to everyone's taste. For myself I ate mainly rice at both meals.
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Date of stay: September 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from swimmyne
West Tisbury, Massachusetts63 contributions29 helpful votes
In the old part where we stayed they were shared. You could email them. They spoke English very well. It was one of my favorite stays.
Answer from singaporemag
Singapore, Singapore34 contributions7 helpful votes
Hi. I am not sure if this will help you. My booking was done as a package for the nakasendo trail walking tour made through `Okujapan'. You may wish to consider that option.
florianna_singkey wrote a tip Mar 2016
Carlingford, Australia3 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We prefer the new room at the back of the main building, we love the garden separating the 2 buildings."
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Which popular attractions are close to Iseya?
Nearby attractions include Naraijuku (0.04 miles), Kisono Ohashi Bridge (0.2 miles), and Kamidonya Museum (0.03 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Iseya?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Is parking available at Iseya?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Iseya?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant Kanameya, Kokorone, and Matsuya Sabo.
Are there any historical sites close to Iseya?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Nihyaku Jizo (0.4 miles), Nakamura Tei (0.3 miles), and Shizume Shrine (0.3 miles).
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