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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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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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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 

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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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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 

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81 reviews 81 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 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 

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