This traditional ryokan located less than five minutes walk from Yudanaka Station exceeded our expectations – the staff (it is a family run business) were wonderful; they were so polite and helpful despite speaking only limited English. Although the ryokan is an old established facility, our room was immaculately clean with modern toilet and wash basin facilities. Our room was cleaned and our futon covers changed daily. Guests have free use of the onsens; our favourite was the outdoor onsen even though the outside air temperature being -2°C. The surrounding Japanese garden and view to the stars made it a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. There are different bathing times for men and women.
The traditional Japanese meals served in a private dining room were delicious with our hosts going out of their way to explain/gesture what we should eat with what. Our hosts kindly offered to drive us to the snow monkey park but we decided to walk. Our walk through Shibu onsen and Forest Road was a great experience of the narrow streets and old buildings and winter wonderland that the forest had been transformed into by overnight snow.
English speaking tourist information staff at Yudanaka Station made arriving and leaving so much easier. We would highly recommend Yudanaka Seifu-so for anyone wanting a traditional Japanese guest house experience with wonderful hosts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seifuso is an affordable traditional Japanese hotel (ryokan) in Yudanaka Onsen. Close from Yudanaka Sta, Nagano Dentetsu. The building was built during the Meiji era (1868-1912) and is filled with traditional atmosphere. We also have a traditional garden inside the house. All of the 15 guest rooms are Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats. We have 3 different baths. You can use the onsen privately upon request for free and it is open 24 hours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yudanaka Seifuso Japan/Nagano Prefecture - Yamanouchi-Machi