We stayed there for 2 nights during Obon Week. I had a hard time finding somwhere with still available rooms when I found out about Seifu-So. The reviews here convinced me to book a room there, and they were right: this place is probably one of the best I've stayed in Japan.
The ryokan is not really close to the center of Matsumoto, but it was not an issue. When you arrive at the station, just call and someone will pick you up like 15 minutes later, which I found so nice! Our driver spoke perfect english, and she showed us some sightseeing places on the way to the ryokan. There she gave us a few maps with restaurant recommendations (we tried 3 of them, they were all delicious!), explains that we can borrow bikes for free and also book the bath for private use (which is nice when you come as a couple instead of bathing alone with a bunch of people you don't know^^). They also sell half price tickets to the castle, and are always willing to help you out if you have questions. Also they have a world map where they mark the origin of every guest, I thought it was a really cool thing to do!
Our room was in the annex building, it had a private toilet. Showers were also available on the 1st floor of the annex, and the shared bath is in the main building. Our room was so pretty, japanese style. The futons were among the most comfortable I slept on (and I usually don't sleep well on these). There were also towels and yukatas in the room. We did book the shared bath for private use (30minutes) and it was also very nice.
The center of Matsumoto can be reached easily by bike or by bus, and the explanations we got from the ryokan were perfect. They are located next to the river, which is a beautiful area.
Matsumoto itself is a great city, I didn't have the chance to visit it during my first trip to Japan but I would definitely recommend it. The castle is amazing, the area around the river and within the old streets is also really nice. And there are plenty of cool day trips you can take from there to the mountains. Don't forget to stay at Seifu-So while you're there, it will only make your experience of Matsumoto more enjoyable!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ryokan Seifu-so is a family owned Ryokan located next to a river in a quiet area outside of city centre. Free pick up service from/to Matsumoto station, free high speed wireless internet, free rental bicycles and free car parkings are available for guests. Ideal for families with small children, long-stay guests and travellers who wants to feel at home away from home! ... more less
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