Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge
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Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge

4469-1 Kamikochi, Matsumoto 390-1516 Nagano Prefecture
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4.5
#2 of 17 ryokans in Matsumoto
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Welcome to Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge, your Matsumoto “home away from home.” Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Matsumoto, Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge is located a short distance from Hodaka Shrine Okumiya (1.6 mi) and Myojin Bridge (1.7 mi).

Rooms at Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge offer air conditioning providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi.

A hot tub and an on-site restaurant will also help to make your stay even more special.

If you're looking for a place to eat, Five Horn Kamikochi (0.1 mi), Grindelwald (0.6 mi), and The Gosenjaku (0.1 mi) are all within walking distance of Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than Kappa Bashi (0.1 mi), Tashiro Bridge (0.7 mi), and Tashiro Shitsugen (0.7 mi), which are some popular Matsumoto attractions – all conveniently located within walking distance of the ryokan.

Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge puts the best of Matsumoto at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Hot bath
Coffee shop
Hiking
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Laundry service
Restaurant
Complimentary tea
Non-smoking hotel
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Mountain View
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4469-1 Kamikochi, Matsumoto 390-1516 Nagano Prefecture
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Somewhat walkable
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Ian P wrote a review May 2024
Singapore, Singapore
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My second stay (first was in June 2023) with Nishi No Itoya and I highly recommend staying here when visiting Kamikochi.

The rooms were comfortable and well maintained, the service was great, and the food was amazing.

I previously stayed in a room facing the azusa river. This time we had a room that faced the hotaka mountains and could hear birding singing. I enjoyed both rooms/views, but if I had to choose I would take the river facing room.

The onsen is of a decent size and was never crowded when I went for a soak. You can also view the hotaka mountain peaks while soaking.
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Cherry P wrote a review Jun 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A perfect location if you want to fully experience Kamokochi. More affordable than the other options. Our room was lovely right next to the river and restful with falling asleep/waking up to the river.

The service was exceptional with the staff going above and beyong because helped us book guided tour when the website was down. Even made sure to notify us about the guided hike on the day and provide us with printed reservation.

The food was outstanding with serving local meats and vegetables including the reknown local trout.

Added bonus, was great giftshop with unlimited good cofee.
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Elaine E wrote a review Jan 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing location, nestled in the heart of the Japanese Alps. Close to other cafes and hotels, and walking trails. Very traditional with lovely public baths (men and women separate). Food is fantastic more than you could possible eat, all very traditional Japanese cuisine. Wish we could have stayed longer. Price reasonable for full board. Look out for the monkeys when you start the walking trail in the morning.
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Date of stay: November 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooms are without an en suite, but the public baths are part of the authentic Japanese...
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Rosemarie P wrote a review Jul 2023
South West England, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An absolutely fabulous hotel. Service is excellent from the moment you step inside, the welcome is outstanding. My stay in the Japanese room was an experience not to be missed, my view of the mountain, beautiful. The food/menu was excellent, the chef created an awesome menu and one to be proud of, as was the service from the restaurant staff. Cannot praise this hotel high enough. Huge thanks to all the staff.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Use the public bath. It’s excellent. Range of skin & hair products to use. Really peaceful after...
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Steve B wrote a review Aug 2020
Otsu, Japan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed staying here.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Bilingual info, really great food and fantastic location just a minute from the famous Kappabashi bridge.
It’s older, so much cheaper than the other hotels and well worth it!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Peter D wrote a review Jul 2011
Nagano Prefecture, Japan
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a comfortable, standard, welcoming mid-range ryokan, at a reasonable price. It's on the river bank, about 100m from Kappabashi, and a 10-minute walk from Kamikochi bus terminal. Remember that you can't drive in Kamikochi and you must walk from the bus terminal, so either travel light, or send your bags by local courier in advance.

The staff speak good hotel English (and you can reserve a room by email in English), and most of the signage is in English. However despite the foreigner-friendliness, this is a regular Japanese ryokan, and the clientele is nearly all Japanese. If you're used to it, you'll know the drill. If you're not, be prepared to decide, at checkin, your dinner time, your choice of drink with your dinner, and your breakfast time. We booked a room overlooking the river, with a small balcony, and we thoroughly enjoyed sleeping to the sound of running water. There was an ensuite toilet but no bath (tho' with a good public bath, there's no need or incentive to have a bath in the room). There are also mountain view rooms that do have their own bathrooms as well as toilets, and I think more basic hostel-style rooms too. The room was as expected, a 12-tatami room, the same as any other in Japan, but clean, fresh, and comfortable. There was, of course, tea and a cookie on the table. The futons were comfortable and fluffy, and the staff lay them out and put them away for you.

The communal bath is good, with a picture window looking up to the northern Alps. The water is hot without being uncomfortable, and the changing room was clean and airy.

There's a guest cafe area, with tea (many different kinds), good ground coffee, and iced water, all available free to guests for most of the day. There's also quite a good souvenir shop that also sells a wider range of drinks. There's a separate guest lounge, well-stocked with books and comics, some of which are in English.

There's no internet in the rooms, but free and easy to use wifi in the lobby area, and a computer/printer for guest use.

As with most ryokans, the standard package includes dinner and breakfast, and both were excellent - much better than I'd have expected at this price point. The kaiseki was well thought out and balanced, with some interesting fusion adventures as well as really tasty local produce. The ryokan also stocks local sake and local beer, both very appropriate to accompany your meal. Meals are served in the dining room, with tables and chairs for stiff-legged foreigners! One day we did a big day-hike (up to Maehotakadake) and the ryokan prepared us a substantial packed lunch (huge rice balls and some small bits and pieces for flavour).

The location is good, and you get good value for money. You could spend more (there's a branch of the Imperial Hotel down the road) and I'm sure you could spend a great deal less (at the campsite for example). But if you want a classic, mid-range ryokan experience, with great food, that doesn't need Japanese language ability, this place is for you.
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Date of stay: July 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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TheDampGusset wrote a review Nov 2014
London, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Broken furniture, stains on the wall, a bathroom that stank. The communal bathing - hair and other human debris freely floating on the surface of the bath. On arrival the heating wasn't working - this is in a mountain area - we had to wait for over an hour huddling in a group in the small coffee lounge. The ground floor rooms are right next to the main path running alongside a river and the Japanese like to get up early to savour the mountain air - so a lot of ambient noise as the windows do not insulate any sound. We were with a tour company 'Inside Japan' so if you go with this lot I suggest you ask them if they intend to stay here and if it is a yes - take a tent and avoid this hell hole.

In summary a dreadful experience hopefully never to be repeated.........
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Date of stay: October 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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robert2 wrote a review Nov 2009
Laguna Beach
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I travelled trough Japan with our 24 year-old daughter who is teaching English in Japan. Our three night stay at Nishi-Itoya was the highlight of our trip. Nishi-Itoya is a ryokan in Kamikochi - the Japanese Alps - one of the most beautiful places we have been. We thought we would need a break from the heat and humidity of Tokyo and Kyoto and the Alps gave us that and scenery out of one of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The owner and staff are absolutely wonderful...incredibly helpful and very attentive. The ryokan caters to - and the vast majority of guests were - Japanese families with children whose positive energy and excitement were infectious. The common areas can be a little noisy with moms, dads and kids preparing for hikes but we found it a joy to see and hear. The food was - well - traditional Japanese cuisine - with some dishes very appealing to Western palates and others not...but always fresh and beautifully presented..... The onsen is inside with a view of the mountains.... We looked at other hotels in Kamikochi and the Nishi-Itoya was the best value by far...and a great place to get a taste of more traditional Japanese accommodations.....
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Date of stay: August 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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MartinS_Bham wrote a review May 2017
Dundas, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very helpful and friendly staff and the food was excellent with good variety across three days. We had a large (ten tatami room) with ensuite bath and a nice seating area with comfortable western style leather upholstered seats. Great view of Hotaka mountain and also a bit of the Azusa River too. This may be the only room of its kind in the hotel, so if you book the ensuite I think this is what you get.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Planetweb wrote a review May 2016
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Kamikochi is a beautiful place to visit, expensive to get to and expensive to sleep there. If you have a JR rail pass, you can get a return ticket for the private train/bus for 4550 return. The accomodation is an easy place to locate, just a 10 minute walk from the bus station terminal.

+v's about the accomodation:
Easy to communicate via email to make bookings & basic English spoken at the Ryokan, friendly & welcoming.
Credit card payment is accepted.
Some rooms have views over the snow capped Alps.
The onsen has a beautiful view over the mountains
The food is great, with options for 'western food' if preferred (we chose this option for 1 breakfast, it was fab!). You can order your drinks at reception to compliment your meal.(reasonably priced too)
Free tea/coffee/spring water available all day & a coffee room overlooking the river to watch the world go by
Wildlife nearby ( we saw a monkey, the 1st morning we left the hotel)
Choice of Japanese & Western rooms
Hot Water in room & green tea/biscuits provided
Communal fridge to store any personal items ( we brought a few beers, stored them here & sat outside on the picnic tables drinking then in the late afternoon sun, bliss)

-ve's
We chose the 'western room' option & this was a big mistake. The twin room had the hardest beds I've ever slept in & the pillows were terrible. Wish we'd taken the Japanese style room, sleeping on a futon on tatami mats I think would have awarded a better night sleep.
We felt the accomodation resembled a 'backpackers', the walls were very thin, you could hear every person flip flopping along the corridor (everyone wears the Japanese slippers), we were woke up by the early risers at 5.30.
There is no private shower if you're not comfortable using the showers in the onsen.
The 'Merlot' red wine, was undrinkable.

There are plenty eating places in the unlikely event you get hungry between meals provided, great walks to keep you busy here for a day or two, we're not hikers or mountaineers, but there's plenty here if you are. No-one accepts credit card payment so make sure you bring cash, there are no banks or ATMs.

Enjoy your visit to Kamikochi
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rosemarie P wrote a tip Jul 2023
South West England, United Kingdom129 contributions70 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Use the public bath. It’s excellent. Range of skin & hair products to use. Really peaceful after a trek in the wilds"
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KatesM0 wrote a tip Jun 2023
Burlington, Vermont31 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"River view room is heaven- leave the sliders open with just screens for the best sound of the river. "
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Elaine E wrote a tip Jan 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are without an en suite, but the public baths are part of the authentic Japanese experience. Shared toilets, but sink supplied in room"
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gcincinnati wrote a tip Nov 2020
Tokyo, Japan388 contributions68 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We liked the river view."
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Katie wrote a tip Sept 2019
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the river view was amazing!"
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£164 - £194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Kappa Bashi (0.1 miles), Tashiro Bridge (0.7 miles), and Kamikochi Souvenir Shop (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a hot tub.
What food & drink options are available at Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and complimentary tea during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Grindelwald, Alpenrose, and Kamikochi Shokudo.
Are there any historical sites close to Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Inakoki Fuketsu (9.2 miles) and Site of Obi Silver Mine (8.6 miles).
Does Kamikochi Nishi-ito-ya Mountain Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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