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Kamesei Ryokan

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2-15-1 Kamiyamada Onsen, Chikuma 389-0821 , Nagano Prefecture
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful stay. So glad we picked this ryokan. We spent 2 nights and had the breakfast and dinner package. It felt like we had a vey authentic Japanese experience. The food was amazing and the onsen was so relaxing. We used the ryokan as a base to visit the snow monkeys. Our stay will definitely be a... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for your stay, and for your kind review. We are grateful you enjoyed our chef's kaiseki-style dinners as well as Kamiyamada Onsen's relaxing hot spring mineral water. Kamesei Ryokan is a traditional onsen inn with warm wood construction, a naka-niwa central garden crossed by a passageway connecting to the semi-detached rooms, each with a tsubo-niwa pocket garden. We... More 

new york city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the highlight of our short trip to Japan. Staying in Chikuma really helped us experience a different part of Japan compared to Tokyo. We loved the serine surroundings of rivers and mountains, beautifully presented traditional meals, biking through the countryside, and relaxing in the hot springs. Very conveniently located, too, to see the area. Everyone was very gracious... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Kamesei Ryokan and choosing our onsen town Togura-Kamiyamada here in Chikuma City as your base for exploring this corner of the Japanese countryside. As an innkeeper, it is very rewarding for us when guests like you make so much out of your stay -- enjoying our chef's meals, soaking in our onsen baths, and bicycling... More 

Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here as a family of 5 (3 young kids). Our hosts were amazing and helped enormously organising great day trips for non-Japanese speakers. We loved the snow monkeys, snowshoeing, Matsumoto castle and local shrines and Zazen meditation. The ryoken is wonderful and very quiet. The thermal onsens baths were just what was needed at the end of the... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

We were honored you choose Nagano and our onsen inn, Kamesei Ryokan, for your stay in Japan. You certainly made the most out of your time -- I am sure your children have made some life-long memories. Your timing was perfect weather-wise for the snowshoeing at Togakushi. The nice thing about staying an extended period of time is being able... More 

Wollongong, Australia
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39 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed here in January 16 and actually booked due to trip advisor reviews over 12 months in advance to get the Yayoi room which has the private family onsen attached. We planned our holiday around staying at this onsen and came away with special memories not wanting to leave. We had dinner and breakfast at the onsen for the... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Neville-san, Thank you for your kind comments. Mari and I are grateful you enjoyed our traditional onsen inn and hospitality, and that our service enhanced your appreciation of staying here in Nagano, in the Japanese countryside. Outside of Tokyo and the major tourist centers, there is often not a lot of information available for foreign tourists. We try our best... More 

Tokyo, Japan
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Spent two nights here with my family, and we were really pleased with our stay! Staying at ryokans in Japan are always a nice experience but this was made even better by Tyler-san's helpfulness and hospitality. We had quite a bit of back and forth via email due to our previous booking, but Tyler-san was always very accommodating with all... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Allie-san, Thank you for arranging for your family to come and stay at our inn. It sounds like everyone enjoyed their onsen ryokan experience, as well as their time in Nagano. Our onsen town, Togura-Kamiyamada, has so many great shops and restaurants, and everyone got together to make a wonderful restaurant guide and walking map in English. So even first-timers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Hi Tyler, As what Jesse's feedback in her review, you went extra miles to host your guests. Back from Japan, my daughter draw her Ryokan's experience in her note book and told me that she like your Ryokan very much.

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Thank 符 慧
Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. Traveling overseas with children has its difficulties, but the rewards -- the life-long memories -- are worth it. We try especially hard to provide an enjoyable stay for children. I am glad your daughter appreciated the experience of staying at a traditional onsen inn during her trip to Japan. I hope to be able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

We travelled in a group of nine (2 families), spent a night at Kamesei Ryokan after visiting Jigakudani and Shiga Kogen. Tyler-san the ryokan owner with his wife came pick our group up at the Togura train station in 2 cars. It was nice to be able to communicate easily :) and we felt right at home once we stepped... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Nagano and staying at our traditional onsen inn. It was an honor for us to host your two families. Here at Kamesei Ryokan, we try our best to create good memories for our guests. When you mentioned an interest in visiting an apple orchard, I called up a buddy of mine that runs an orchard... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

The ryokan is really traditional and as you walk pass the isle, you could see its' better past. Mr Tyler, the owner, said he stayed behind in order to prevent this ryokan from turning into a modern carpark. The spirit of preserving the history and culture is really admiring. The room otherwise is basic with the essentials. Big enough for... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

We are glad you and your family were able to come and enjoy our traditional onsen inn. We also appreciate your kind review and the ideas for areas to improve. Mari and I moved here 10 years ago and have steadily made improvements, but there is still a long way to go. Thank you for the suggestion for larger pillows.... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

My new husband and I stayed here in May 2015, for 5 nights on our honeymoon in Japan. We decide that we'd like a nice relaxing base rural Japan where we could really immerse ourselves in Nagano. We were so glad we booked here. We were a little concerned that our limited Japanese would be a problem, but we really... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

We were honored you choose Kamesei Ryokan for your honeymoon, and our glad you enjoyed our inn as well as the onsen baths and our chef's cuisine. One of our guestrooms, "Yayoi", is adjacent to the private outdoor family bath. Usually from 9pm to 8am, guests staying in "Yayoi" are given exclusive access to the private bath using a shortcut... More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We had an amazing 3 night stay at Kamesei. Our hosts were generous and approachable and went the extra distance to make us feel at home and to show us how to make the most of our visit to Chikuma. As vegans we were difficult guests - the food spread was incredible, 5 star restaurant quality, we couldn't believe it!... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for coming and enjoying our traditional onsen inn. We are glad you made the most of your stay by using our private family outdoor bath, enjoying our chef's meals (Saturdays / holidays tend to be a bit crazy, but on weekdays our chef is happy to provide a completely vegetarian version of his kaiseki-style dinner), and using the... More 

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