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“Friendly ryokan” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Shimaya Ryokan
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“Friendly ryokan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2006

We stayed at the Shimaya Ryokan for one night in July 2006. The ryokan itself is hilariously seventies with the old phones in the rooms, wallpapers and furniture but it also is very clean and the owner is a lovely man. He took us to a beautiful, private hot springs on the mountains (15 min drive from the ryokan) and to the monkey park and also picked us up. This was all free of charge. He also recommended great local places to eat. This kind of genuine friendliness made our stay truely memorable and we highly recommend Shimaya.

  • Liked — The service was superb!
  • Tips/Secrets — Owner speaks pretty good English (not that common in Japan...)
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2006

We spent four nights at Shimaya Ryokan during our 3 weeks in Japan.
It wasn't as easy to find in the town as we had originally thought, as the directions were a bit sketchy that they had provided.
The room was old and quite basic, but we had all we needed.
The host speaks English reasonably well, though we found he assumed a lot of what we said without listening.
That aside, he was a lovely man, who went out of his way to make sure we were accommodated. He reccommended local spots to eat, and drove us to each one that we selected, even ordering for us to ensure that we received vegetarian meals.
He then gave us hints for our ski rentals and locations at Shiga Kogen.
On our non-skiing days he drove us around to the local attractions and picked us up from each one.
The baths in the ryokan were very beautiful, but we also discovered that they were not very clean at all.

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Property: Shimaya Ryokan
Address: 3075-I Hirao, Shimotakai-gun, Yamanouchi-machi 381-0401 , Nagano Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Shimotakai-gun > Yamanouchi-machi > Yudanaka shibu Onsen , Shigakougenhoppo Onsen , Kumanoyu Onsen
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Yamanouchi-machi
#3 Best Value Hotel in Yamanouchi-machi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shimaya Ryokan 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When requested, we provide free 'on-demand' shuttle services to andfrom the Shimaya Ryokan to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and theYudanaka train station. If you have heavy luggage, please notify usin advance so we can help you. We are also happy to offer suggestionsabout local restaurants and attractions.At our hotel, you can enjoy our public Onsen (hot spring bath) filledwith 100% natural hot spring water. On weekdays, our Onsen can bereserved for private use by families and couples. ... more   less 
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