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Kamesei Ryokan

2-15-1 Kamiyamadaonsen, Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture 389-0821 , Japan (Togurakamiyamada Onsen)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Tartu, Estonia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my friend stayed here for 2 nights this april. The hot outdoor bath was just superb - I've never had such an experience before (unless you count hot tubs, which can't really compare.) Tyler was super helpful - he told us about some local attractions, helped us go see the Jigokudani (he gave us a helpful chart with... More

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

We are glad you enjoyed Kamesei Ryokan as well as our onsen town, Togura-Kamiyamada. To be honest, it was a pleasure to host you and your friend, because the two of you were such enthusiastic travellers. I'll never forget dropping you off outside the local temple for their annual spring festival, going away for a few minutes, and coming back... More

Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very traditional ryokan, not like some hotels that try to make their rooms feel like one. The family that owns it is very kind, and here's a bonus- one of the owners, Tyler, is an American, so he was able to help us with restaurant recommendations, what trains to take to get to the Monkey Park, etc.... More

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

Wow -- we are honored you included a stay at our small, traditional Japanese inn on your trip that also included a stay at the Ritz! Of course, we cannot even begin to compete with a luxury hotel on fanciness -- Kamesei Ryokan is a simple onsen ryokan. But it does appear that you were able to appreciate that simplicity.... More

Wellington, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We stayed for only 2 nights, on a trip to visit the monkey park. We intend to go back and stay much longer as this area of Japan is so beautiful and there is a lot to see and do. Tyler and his wife are wonderful hosts and we had chosen to eat a Japanese breakfast and dinner both days.... More

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

Thank you for choosing Kamesei Ryokan for your onsen ryokan experience during your trip to see the snow monkeys. Traditional ryokans like ours often don't have shower / bathing facilities in the guest rooms. But here in Nagano, even the snow monkeys soak in the onsen baths so we highly recommend our guests to take advantage of our onsen facitilities.... More

Singapore, Singapore
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It was our first visit to Japan and our first experience in staying in a ryokan. Everything was great. Our room on the 2nd floor is spacious with a great view of the hill of sakura blossoms (there is a nearby park with more sakura blooms). Tyler is a great host, showing us what to see, where to eat (they... More

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

We are honored you chose Kamesei as your first ryokan experience. You had impeccable timing with it being cherry blossom season at the same time you stayed. Chuo Park right behind our inn is the main 'hanami' (flower viewing) spot here in our onsen town, Togura-Kamiyamada. At night, the trees are lit up with paper lanterns, making for a beautiful... More

Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Everything I wanted to say, had been said :D We are a group of 4 adults staying over for 2 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. Tyler is a great host wearing many hats as he show us the town, explained the history etc ... etc ... And Tyler, please thanks the cook for adding black vinegar to the... More

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

Thank you for your kind comment. Our chef promises to make an extra large serving of his chawan-mushi (steamed egg custard) with his western touch -- adding balsamic vinegar on top -- for you next time you come! More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

My party stayed at the Ryokan and Tyler goes far above and beyond the word "service". We also met a lot of other travelers while staying here. We wanted to extend our stay an extra two days, however our schedule was pretty packed and it didn't pan out. Tyler was great in showing everyone what there is to do, he... More

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

Thank you for coming and staying at Kamesei Ryokan. It sounds like you and your friends enjoyed our traditional onsen inn. There is so much to see and do in our area, it's too bad you weren't able to extend your stay. At least you got to participate in our town's Obasute Night View Tour. The view from Obasute Station... More

Ojai, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My husband and I were originally booked for 1 night here (we came to see the snow monkeys); however we liked it so much we asked if we could stay an additional night and they were kind enough to let us. Tyler is a great host, he picked us up at the train station even though we were way early!... More

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

Thank you for making Kamesei Ryokan your first ryokan experience during your trip to Japan. And for deciding to spend a second night. We realize there can be a lot of uncertainty with staying at a traditional onsen inn, and try to make it as enjoyable as possible for our guests. It helps that our town's natural hot spring mineral... More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We booked in to this Ryokan being total novices of traditional Japanese ryokans. Tyler was fantastic with emails and answered all questions pre-stay. To give a better perspective of our background, we are both American and my husband is a mid-westerner with limited travel experience, I have traveled quite a bit around the world and live in Miami, which, actually,... More

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

Thank you for venturing out to the Japanese countryside with your husband and coming to stay at our traditional onsen inn. Things can be tricky to understand in rural Japan, but we try to make it as easy as possible. We have an English walking map for our onsen town Togura-Kamiyamada, with a gourmet guide on the reverse that showcases... More

Newnan, Georgia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Thanks a million to Tyler-san for making us feel so comfortable on our honeymoon. My wife took the Rosetta-Stone Japanese course, but having Tyler-san to assist was amazing. He took time to arrange for a massage, point us to great restaurants in the area, and even arranged for a taxi to take us to a marvelous and beautiful outdoor hot-spring... More

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

We were honored to host the two of you for your honeymoon. Since you came, we now have a private outdoor onsen bath that can be reserved. It is adjacent to one of the guestrooms, and guests who stay there can have access to the family bath at night. So this room is perfect as a honeymoon suite. For anyone... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We visited Kameisei with our family, two kids and four adults. It is my third visit to this magnificient traditional family run onsen ryokan in five years. I am amazed at the tranformation each year. Theere are a selection of baths, A mens common bath, womens common bath, and seperate outdoor baths for both men and women (Rotemboro). Add to... More

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Address: 2-15-1 Kamiyamadaonsen, Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture 389-0821 , Japan
Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Chikuma > Togurakamiyamada Onsen
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Traditional ryokan featuring warm wood construction, gardens throughout, relaxing onsen baths and gourmet kaiseki meals. You can wear your yukata robe and use our wooden geta sandals to stroll around our town, Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, which has lots of appealing shops, restaurants, as well as onsen geisha. Centrally located to the best of Nagano. Our American owner is happy to share this slice of the Japanese countryside with you. Free pick-up at Togura Station. ... more   less 
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