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2563 Sano, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture 381-0402, Japan (Yudanaka shibu Onsen)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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100 reviews 100 reviews
26 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

You will be getting a very low price but also have very threadbare accomodations. As others have stated, the owner is very nice as are the rest of the staff (family?). Location is off the beaten path aways but that should not be a big concern. The stench of dog piss in the lobby is a major turn-off. The conditions... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

The owners are very friendly, the dog is too. Basic but overal value for money is fantastic. Must watch the owners archery demonstration but have dinner first as mine went for 2 hours also and started at 8pm. Would stay here again in a heart beat!

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Wonderful host, cosy and traditional ryokan with natural springs for bathing and delicious meals, the host even offers a kyudo experience (with a demonstration and beginner course) --> we will absolutely come back

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

The owner of Uotoshi seems to be a very nice person. He went out of his way to give us a ride to the station when we left, and he gave us (without charge) a very special demonstration of Japanese archery. We chose the place because it is also a Japanese archery (Kyudo) Dojo, and we were interested in learning... More

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Nagoya, Japan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

I stayed here with 10 others (Japanese, American, Czech, Vietnamese and Chinese friends). The building itself was old, but very well cleaned. The owner speaks excellent English, and his lecture about Japanese Kyudo (archery) in both English and Japanese was quite impressive. The only minus point was their showers. They have onsen (hot spring) inside of the Ryokan, but showers... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

Our stay at this Ryokan was one of the highlights of our stay in Japan. The owners were amazingly friendly (the man speaks great English), and offered to drive us to the monkey park, although it was such a nice trek we decided to walk. My friend and I were the only guests, so we had the baths to ourselves... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

agree with most other comments - this is a nice traditional ryokan with an outstanding host, but yes you do need to know that there's a dog, and that it is quite worn, but also full of character. We loved the archery demonstration, it was something really unique. And the owner was really helpful in giving us a lift to... More

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Manila, Philippines
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2011

We had an enjoyable stay at Uotoshi Ryokan this past December. We had never stayed at a ryokan previously, so we had nothing to compare it to, but the Uotoshi met our needs. Previous reviews are accurate in that the ryokan is a bit dated. If you are expecting a fancy room with high quality furnishings, you will be disappointed.... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

We found the owner of Uotoshi to be a fantastic and friendly guy. After we arrived he was kind enough to take us to the Monkey Park. As he took us to the park he pointed out various places in town and regalled us with tales from when the Winter Olympics took place in Nagano. Yudanaka itself, besides the monkey's,... More

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coloradan gal
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10 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

While the owners of this ryokan seem friendly, we were overall disappointed by the place. Our biggest complaint was the owners' apparent neglect for their dog. In the afternoon of our stay, the dog urinated on some white sheets placed on the turf in the entryway of the ryokan. The next morning, the old sheet was still there, and a... More

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Address: 2563 Sano, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture 381-0402, Japan
Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Shimotakai-gun > Yamanouchi-machi > Yudanaka shibu Onsen
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