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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
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We traveled from Montreal Canada in the end of June 2015. We stayed in this Ryokan for 2 nigths (3 adults, 3 children). We had a wonderful time in Togura. Tyler came to pick us up at the train station and gave us a little tour without even us asking. The ryokan was spacious and clean. We loved its traditional... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing your family to stay at Kamesei Ryokan. Travelling with kids, especially when going overseas, can be a daunting task. We try to make our traditional onsen inn as enjoyable as possible for children, by showing them the nearby parks, letting them feed the koi in our pond, and playing with the Thomas the Train toys in... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here in between trips to Tokyo and Osaka. Chikuma is not far from Nagano - an easy train ride. The owners of this ryokan are lovely, very friendly and were able to provide lots of info about the town (in English). The food was amazing! We had traditional dinner and breakfast. After dinner we strolled through the town... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Kamesei Ryokan for your stay in the Japanese countryside. Tokyo and Osaka are exciting, but no trip to Japan would be complete without experiencing the rural side. And at only 90 minutes by shinkansen + 15 minutes by local train, our onsen town Togura-Kamiyamada is one of the closest onsen resort areas to Tokyo. Plus our... More 

Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Perfect in every way. Tyler the owner is very helpful. We have stayed twice here, the last being the end of winter (Feb/Mar) and were lucky enough to experience an onsen (The one outside) with snow all around us. Convenient location to Nagano and Hiking in the Japanese Alps with ancient Cedar trees was a great day trip from here.... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

We are honored that you came back to Kamesei Ryokan for a second stay. For the winters here at our onsen town Togura-Kamiyamada, it's sort hit-or-miss whether or not we have snow on any given day. While our elevation is up at 370 meters above sea level, we are in sort of a percipitation shadow of the mountains that collect... More 

Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We spent two nights at Kamesei, and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our stay. Our room was spacious and clean, the breakfast and dinner were delicious, the onsen baths were nice and hot, and our hosts -- Mari and Tyler -- were most gracious and helpful (including driving us several times to the train station). We highly recommend Kamesei to... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for coming and staying at our onsen ryokan. We are grateful that you enjoyed our traditional Japanese-style guestrooms and our chef's creative cuisine. We are more than happy to take guests to and from Togura Station -- it's just a quick 5-minute drive. From Togura, it's a 25-minute hop to Nagano Station, gateway for the world-famous snow monkeys.... More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

My boyfriend and I, along with another couple were recommended to stay here when we arrived from USA and WOW, we were so impressed and in love with this Ryokan! It was beautifully well kept and so traditional, I felt as if I were in a movie. Not only was the inn beautiful, we had an amazing culinary adventure when... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Wow -- Thank you for the great review! I knew there was a reason we moved back here from the States 10 years ago to keep Kamesei Ryokan from being turned into a parking lot. We will keep trying to help other visitors enjoy the experience of staying at a real onsen inn. Thank you for your stay, and your... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The hosts were very helpful throughout in terms of communication. Their email replies were quick and the owner is American so speaks English. Unfortunately when we arrived we called them to get the free pick up they offer from the train station but Tyler wasn't there and the Japanese staff just put the phone down on us so we had... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Kamesei Ryokan. We are always looking for ways to improve, and appreciate your suggestions. Especially about needing to improve our telephone reception. I apologize that you had to take a taxi. And we also apparently need to improve the way we recommend restaurant options and the town's nightlife scene. Our onsen town Togura-Kamiyamada doesn't have... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We enjoyed a second visit to Kamesei Ryokan, along with 2 tour guests from Australia. All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Everything is great about staying here - huge attention to customer happiness - but it is the owners that make it a special experience. Please stay here if you get the chance!

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

We are grateful Japan Custom Tours has started including Kamesei Ryokan on more of your tours. Your clients seem to be yearning to go beyond the touristy surface of Japan and we are happy to be able to provide them (and you!) the experience of a traditional onsen inn, complete with hot spring mineral baths, quiet guestrooms with gardens throughout,... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We have just returned from a wonderful visit to Japan and our stay at Kamesei Ryokan was a definite highlight. Our hosts went out of their way to ensure we found our way easily to the Ryokan, enjoyed the area and maximized the Japanese Inn experience.The lodgings and food were excellent. We highly recommended this establishment. The Bakers. April 2015

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for including Kamesei Ryokan on your Japan itinerary. We are honored that you came and are happy you enjoyed your stay. Our inn still has many areas that need improvement, but slowly but surely we are fixing things up while maintaining the inns historical charm. And the excellent kaiseki-style meals by Chef Takei as well as the rejuvinating... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

If you would like to know Japanese culture deeply, this Ryokan gives you lots of intrest and add attractive moments to your trip in Japan. Even if you cannot speak japanese, do not worry. This hotel master is an American speaking both Japanese and English, who will give you unforgettable memories in Japan!

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Kamesei Ryokan is unique in that it is run by Mari and I, and American-Japanese couple that are more than happy to share our enthusiasm of our traditional onsen inn with visitors from overseas. We are grateful you appreciated the English explanation we provided. Thank you so much for coming and staying. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, オーナー at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for making Kamesei your base for exploring the Japanese countryside. From time to time, guests come straight from the airport to our inn and spend their entire vacation in Japan staying at Kamesei Ryokan. Many wander around our onsen town Togura-Kamiyamada one day, then use the rental bicycles to explore the nearby fruit orchards or take the cycling... More 

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