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“Very friendly staff, cute rooms and nice area”
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Ryokan Seifuso
Ranked #9 of 185 Hotels / Ryokan in Matsumoto
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“Very friendly staff, cute rooms and nice area”
Reviewed 22 August 2012

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!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

We stayed there in April for just one night because we had an early train to Tokyo and honestly I wished we had stayed longer. The place was really welcoming as well as the family that runs the ryokan. They are extremely nice and attentive. It is located by the river and when we arrived there was a welcome sign with the names of the guests staying. Our room was comfortable and had kimonos and all the amenities that come with a traditional Japanese inn room. The breakfast room is lovely as well as the breakfast. The honey they serve is actually prepared by the grandfather and it is delicious.
As with most traditional Japanese Inns, they have a communal bathroom, women and men separate, but if you wish a little privacy, by yourself or with your partner, you can book a time slot for the bath at the desk.
They provide you with absolutely any information you need and with very well drawn maps of Matsumoto with recommendations and suggestions. They have a free bike hire and which is great to explore the town and to access Matsumoto Castle (for which you can buy discount tickets through them).
Seifuso IS the place to stay to have a great traditional Japanese Inn experience. I highly recommend a visit to Matsumoto and a stay at the Ryokan Seifuso to everyone. We can't wait to visit again and stay a bit longer!

TIP: For KITKAT lovers, Matsumoto is the place to find the unique apple flavored kitkat and the chocolate and chili kitkat. A good souvenir to take home!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2012 via mobile

I stayed here for 2 nights with my husband and parents (Both in there 60s) and we all had a great time.

The owners are extremely friendly and happy to provide advice on local restaurants, trips etc. We bought our tickets for Matsumoto Castle at the guesthouse for half price and they also arranged a trip to Kamikochi for the 4 of us direct from the guesthouse.

The western breakfasts were welcomed by my folks and my mum even had a 'toast only' breakfast on the last day. Very accommodating hosts.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

Stayed here in April '12. Staff were fantastic, spoke perfect English & were really helpful. The western style breakfast was a welcome change not to mention really really good especially after 6months in japan (coffee was good to)!

Location was great, right on the river side & the free bike hire is a great plus it took us 15mins to cycle to Matsumoto castle. & they have great surprisingly accurate hand drawn maps of the local area & the downtown area with everywhere that they recommend to eat/drink etc.

Our room was spotless, came with towels & traditional Japanese dressing gowns & they have free wifi!

Recommend this to everyone!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

We had such a wonderful week at Seifuso Ryokan. The rooms are lovely - we stayed in the annex which has a communal kitchen, really nice to be able to cook your own meals. Having said that, dinner and breakfast at the Ryokan are delicious. They have a western option if you're sick of rice and fish for breakfast.. and great coffee!! The family are lovely and always there to help any time of day/ night. Speak perfect English too. The Ryokan is beside a river with great views of the mountains and you can borrow bikes to cycle round lovely Matsumoto. We took the opportunity to dress up in Kimono and have a tea ceremony, which was so much fun and very reasonable. I would definitely recommend staying here for a very relaxed, comfortable and friendly family environment. This was definitely our favourite ryokan during our trip in Japan!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2012

I stayed here for two nights in April 2012. I can't add much to the other reviews, except to say that the family that runs this place really actually cares whether you enjoy your visit. They do all the little things you don't expect, but really make a visit special. They are also very friendly to english speakers, and offered me an impeccable experience. I recommend them as much as I can. Six stars if possible.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Grosse Ile, Michigan
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

We lived in Tokyo for some time, and have traveled extensively in Japan. We always put a ryokan in our trip plans in order to experience the true Japanese lifestyle. Ryokan Seifuso in Matsumoto ranks as one of the most pleasant experiences we have ever had. Sure, one can spend 100's of dollars on exquisite inns in Japan, but as for value for money, Seifuso can't be beat. We know a little Japanese, but the Seifuso does not require any language skill to appreciate it. It is a completely bilingual operation, complete with cute hand-drawn maps of the area which were invaluable to walking around Matsumoto and the neighborhood. The management insisted on adjusting the onsen schedule at the ryokan, to allow my wife and I private use of the bath - we have never experienced such attention to guest needs before. While it may seem a bit outside of downtown, we actually walked all the way back to the train station on our last day, it was a very pleasant 2-3 miles or so, through many narrow streets and flat roads along the river. Don't let its location divert you to other accomodations! Do yourself a favor, and if you stay at only one ryokan in the area, make it Seifuso.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ryokan Seifuso
Address: 634-5 Minamiasama, Matsumoto 390-0306, Nagano Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Matsumoto
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #9 of 185 Hotels / Ryokan in Matsumoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
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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