I've stayed in several Ryokans and minshukus in my trips to Japan but let me say that Koshinzuka emerges as top in terms of my experience with japanese inns.
Food: I'm not exaggerating but Yumi-san prepares the BEST shokuji meals EVER. Before Kiso I was staying in a 4 star Ryokan at Kinosakionsen but even the food there (a 15 course kaiseiki meal) cannot hold a candle to what Yumi-san whips up. Food is cooked with love and care, and although it's not a kaiseiki meal, I found everything satisfying and very very very delicious. I'm missing it already =( you will not go hungry because she keeps bringing out stuff!!! Lovely. 100stars!
People: I've nothing but praise for Yumi-san and her husband. Although my command of Japanese is pathetic, they were accommodating and made sure I was well-taken care. In the end we had very decent conversations by means of gesticulating and trying our best on both sides.
On the 1st night Yumi-san drove me out to Tsumago-juku and said I could take a walk while she waited in the car. There was no one in town and the streets were lit by lanterns outside the stores and houses. It was hauntingly beautiful.
On the 2nd night I met Yumi-san's husband who shared so many things with me and taught me so many traditions of Japan, even though I was the only guest and he didn't have to entertain me. He then sang me japanese folk songs and yes, he has the BEST VOICE EVER.
On the morning I left Yumi-san volunteered to drive me to Nagiso station and halfway through she stopped by a beautiful bridge so I could talk a stroll and take pictures =)
I feel VERY blessed and if you're reading this please know that they're very lovely people and please do not take for granted that they must do this for EVERY single traveller! I would have given them the same glowing review even if they did not do these "additionals" for me =)
Cost: Around $200 for 2 nights. Absolutely reasonable.
Location: It's located at Otsumago, halfway between Tsumago-juku and Magome-juku. Please get there by stopping at Nagiso train station, and take a bus that stops at Koshinzuka-mae. It stops right across their Inn. Easy!
I'm glad I stayed two nights although I wished to have stayed even longer =(
Please do your best to be a nice and considerate guest when you visit Koshinzuka.
There are really beautiful people staying there.
- Also Known As:
- Minshuku Koshinzuka Japan/Nagiso-Machi, Kiso-Gun