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Kamesei Ryokan

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2-15-1 Kamiyamadaonsen, Chikuma 389-0821 , Nagano Prefecture
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Ranked #1 of 37 Hotels / Ryokan in Chikuma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a rather delayed review of the excellent stay I had at Kamesei Ryokan in September 2014. Chikuma was my only destination in Japan as I only had a short 5 days and wanted a relaxing, yet interesting rustic vacation in rural Japan. It was a bit of a risk as this was my first time here, but I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We had a great Japanese experience at Kamesei Ryokan. Tyler was the best host ever! He picked us from Togura station with a warm smile on a cold day. He was not fazzled by our 5 huge luggage and seemed rather amused. On the way to his Ryokan, he detoured and brought us to see the Zenkoji temple in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

- Kamesei Ryokan has top notch, 5 star, service: Tyler was very communicative before, during, and after the booking. He picked my four friends and I up from the train station, drove about 10 minutes to the ryokan, and gave us a great overview of the town. - Meals: YOU CANNOT MISS THIS. We had dinner and breakfast at the... More 

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

Thank you for coming and staying at Kamesei Ryokan. As innkeepers, we most appreciate guests who take the time to deeply experience our inn and onsen town, Togura-Kamiyamada. You and your friends certainly did, with wearing the yukatas (I'm glad we purchsed the extra-large ones!), having our chef's dinner, and especially your interest in photographing one of our local soba... More 

Tartu, Estonia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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73 helpful votes 73 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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8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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30 helpful votes 30 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 

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