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“A great introduction to Japan”
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Masuichi Kyakuden
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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“A great introduction to Japan”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

We stayed here for the first two nights of our trip to Japan. The trains from Tokyo, then Nagano to Obuse were easy; the hotel itself was a little difficult to find, maybe because we were tired and jet-lagged. Once ensconced in a blissfully comfortable room, we were able to unwind and recover completely: the enormous glass bath was ideal for this. We ate twice at The Club restaurant just across the road - recommended for great atmosphere and food at a reasonable price. The staff (one is from the US) took very good care of us and we enjoyed the atmosphere of the inn and all the ameneties close by such as the Hokusai Museum, sake brewery and various chestnut-themed shops. I'd say it is a fairly (Japanese) touristy but very quaint and tasteful place to stay. It was also a good and luxurious base to visit the Jigodanku snow monkey park, which was less than an hour away by scenic train and bus. (I see that the Masuichi Kakayuden website now offers a package that includes transport to the park.)

Room Tip: 'Relax' type rooms are super comfortable and have a small terrace.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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桝一客殿, 支配人 at Masuichi Kyakuden, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us at the start of your trip through Japan. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation.
We have many different seasonal plans, including the Snow Monkey Plan from January through March. We hope you are able to come and stay with us again someday.
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London
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

The room is huge and pure luxury. The service is absolutely faultless. It would be nice if there was wireless in the room but that's about the only complain we have.

Everyone was polite and friendly. And were happy to help us anytime. The 12pm check out is great as it ensures that you actually have a relaxed time there.

The room itself was completely out of this world. The sheer size and amenities available not to mention the large bath. Breakfast was delicious as well and we enjoyed the sake in the Oni bar as well.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank smeng78
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

Right after you get in your room, you may say, ‘It is too dark inside. This room needs more windows.’, but you will be explained by the friendly staffs that a distinctive feature of this hotel is that the facilities are conversions of a traditional Japanese storehouse (‘Kura’ in Japanese) that almost needs no windows. But, our room on the second floor (‘relax type’) has a terrace with glass doors through which sunlight comfortably comes into the room.
Facility designer, John Morford, who created the most iconic interiors of some Asian hotels, worked also here to make artistic mixture of Japanese raditional and contemporary tastes. The most impressive expression of his talent, we assume, is the design of bathroom. (Just to note that, even if your visit is in a cold and chilly winter, its heated floor works comfortably to warm you up).

Staffs are young, and it will be too much to expect them 5-star hotel type service, however, your will surely be pleased with their hospitality. They are always willing to help.

As for the dining, the foods at the ‘Kurabu’ restaurant in the annex are based on the suppers enjoyed by workers in the Sake brewery. Please note that the hotel is originated from a local brewer who still makes excellent Sake. Morford’s unique design is also found in the restaurant. Please keep your eyes on all the items.
After your dinner, please visit the piano bar ‘Oniba’, where you can enjoy the variety of tasty Sake made here in this complex. Breakfast is supplied at ‘Sanpuro’ annex, where locally cropped fresh milk and eggs are served.

There is a library which is also a conversion of smaller storehouse where you can find books mainly on arts, architecture and foods. Rather than watching TV, we would suggest that you take these books to your room and learn the culture of this small but historic town of Obuse.

Obuse, with its well-preserved scenery, has become a tourist spots for both Japanese and overseas visitors, but if you go out in the evening or early morning, you will find that the old days are still there around the temples and in the markets. When you have time in the morning, please pay a short visit to the ‘Kuri Dokko Ichi’ (local market) to experience such old days.

This is a place where traditional culture and cotemporary design actually meets.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

The Masuichi Kyakuden is a great boutique hotel in a charming little town. Rates are high, but the rooms are huge and well-designed, and the hotel is wonderful, with a very friendly staff. The breakfast was great, and the dinner at the "Obuse Honten" was of great value for money. Obuse is a wonderful little place to discover, and the Masuichi Kyakuden gives a great occasion to stay there overnight.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Thalous
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Osaka, Japan
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

I staied this hotel for 2 nights.

Masuichi Kyakuden was so nice looking
and spent peaceful time at there.

First of all we can stay with comfortable facilities
is i-pod dock and DVD player big TV.
Of course you can bring your favorite DVD and
your favorite music.
It makes you comfortable I promise.

Second, as anyone wrote on this board,
the bath room is amazing. I've never seen it.

I strongly recommend to stay here.
You're more satisfied than you paid.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank HaoTao
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Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights in lovely Obuse, and wished we were there for longer. The previous reviews say it all - beautiful rooms, fantastic bathroom, peaceful setting and very attentive staff in both the hotel and affiliated restaurants. We particularly loved the Japanese Restaurant - The Club, and the bar.

All other patrons were Japanese and this seems to be off the western tourist trail which was very nice for us! We visited the Hokusai Museum (2 mins across the square) and the Snow Monkey Park at Yudanaka (20 mins by local train)....both of which were delightful in their own way.

My only criticism was that the hotel staff only provided us with an English map and detailed info on Obuse the night before we were due to leave so we discovered, rather late, a whole selection of other local sites that we'd missed. We were able to change our travel plans so spent an extra day exploring the town - which we loved.

All in all, a fabulous place that I would thoroughly recommend - but make sure you ask for an English map and guide if you don't read Japanese!

  • Stayed October 2011
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Thank LibertyTulip
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 19 April 2009

I wont add much to the earlier 2 reviews which really give you a good flavour of what to expect. What I will say is that someone must read these reviews since the minor problems noted below have been sorted. Our room had an english map of the various restaurants in the town and a full guide to the facilities. The really helpful staff seem to have improved their English and had scripts for most things that were complex. And there was an English menu for the very comprehensive breakfast. So well done for taking note. We liked eating in the Club most and loved the atmosphere. Like the previous reviewer,I thought the staff were a bit cool initially but later in the evening the guy in charge produced a free dessert for us made from the local chestnut puree. Obuse is real gem of a town and they are taking a really good approach to encouraging tourism. I would really recommend this as a stopover for people who want to see a more rural side of Japan.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Masuichi Kyakuden
Address: 815 Obuse, Kamitakai-gun, Obuse-machi 381-0293, Nagano Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Kamitakai-gun > Obuse-machi
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels / Ryokan in Obuse-machi
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Number of rooms: 12
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