we stayed at Kamesei Ryokan for about a week and it was awesome. we emailed ahead and were given directions on how to get there and were then picked up from the train station by our hosts. on the way to the ryokan we were taken to a city viewing spot where we were told legends about the town. the ryokan looked amazing and has original woodworks still in it. compared to other places we stayed, our room was huge and had a nice view of the garden from our window. the room was very clean and we always had hot water for tea. we were also happy to find western style toilets. the onsens are divided into male and female but we were able to organise times to take a bath together. the inside onsens were a bit hot for us but the outside onsens were amazing and we could have stayed in there forever! the proprietors Tyler and Mari really couldnt be any more helpful! they would always offer us lifts to the train station if we were going out, suggest places to go and have information prepared and having english speaking hosts was quite refreshing on an extended trip. nagano city is just 20 minutes by train and from there its very easy to get to the snow monkey train station. also the ryokan dinners were traditional, huge and great value (make sure you have an empty stomach! :P )
we had a fantastic, relaxing time at Kamesei and suggest definately staying here if you're going to be in the Nagano prefecture!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional ryokan featuring warm wood construction, gardens throughout, relaxing onsen baths and gourmet kaiseki meals. You can wear your yukata robe and use our wooden geta sandals to stroll around our town, Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, which has lots of appealing shops, restaurants, as well as onsen geisha. Centrally located to the best of Nagano. Our American owner is happy to share this slice of the Japanese countryside with you. Free pick-up at Togura Station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kamesei Ryokan Chikuma, Japan - Nagano Prefecture