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3075-I Hirao, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture 381-0401 , Japan (Yudanaka shibu Onsen)
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiancé and I stayed at Shimaya for two nights out of a 10 day trip to Japan and it was our favorite place by far! Our hosts were as kind and helpful as one could possibly hope for, from driving us to and from the monkey park every day to suggesting delicious places to eat! We felt very welcome... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of a trip around Japan in April and it was great and a real experience as it was a typical japanese guest house with futons on the floor. The couple who own it were absolutely charming and they drove us to the monkey sanctuary and back to the station. Other than the... More

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some parts of the hotel itself are a little bit shabby, but it's not so bad. Some parts, such as the big private onsen room (which you can book in advance every day, for free) are new and very nice. However, what makes the place special is that the owners are extremely friendly and helpful, and would do whatever they... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mr. and Mrs. Yumoto and Shimaya Ryokan exemplify Japanese hospitality. It was our favorite place to stay during our 22 days in Japan, and we would solidly recommend it for anyone looking for a genuine, safe, fascinating place to stay.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have never experienced the customer service I did at Shimaya. Mr. Yumoto and his wife were absolutely amazing. They loaned us rubber boots and drove us to the entrance of the Monkey Park. They went above and beyond to get to know us and what we were interested in doing while we were visiting. Mr. Yumoto even went the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Stayed there last January. Lovely place to stay - they lent us snowshoes, drove us to the monkey park and to the station when we are leaving. Great food with warm hospitality. Their keepsakes still adorn our suitcases. We remember our time in Shimaya quite fondly.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I have stayed at many hostels, hotels and ryokans while traveling and living in Japan but never have I stayed in one as incredible as Shimaya Ryokan. The husband and wife that own Shimaya are very sweet and dedicate themselves completely to making your stay perfect. The room was very spacious and had its own personal heater and bathroom. In... More

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stayed 5 nights here in January and it was a highlight of our trip to Japan. We were there to ski and Mr Yumoto, a keen Skier himself, organised with friends on the mountain to look after us and we had some of the best days of skiing we have experienced anywhere. Huge rooms, spectacular views and onsen onsite... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We stayed in a traditional Japanese Ryokan in Yudanaka when visiting this area to view the snow monkeys in the local mountains. Our hosts Mr & Mrs Ichiro Yumoto were a delightful couple, and we spent two very comfortable nights in this Japanese Inn. Mrs Yumoto cooked us a marvellous traditional meal on both nights and although her English was... More

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We stayed at Shimaya for a couple of nights and it is easy to say this was the top experience in our travel to Japan, no doubt about this! This is a very authentic Japanese experience. When you enter, you have to take off your shoes and use one of the many slippers provided. Rooms are very spacious and they... More

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Address: 3075-I Hirao, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture 381-0401 , Japan
Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Shimotakai-gun > Yamanouchi-machi > Yudanaka shibu Onsen , Shigakougenhoppo Onsen , Kumanoyu Onsen
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Shimaya Ryokan Hotel Yamanouchi-Machi
Shimaya Ryokan Japan/Yamanouchi-Machi, Nagano Prefecture

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