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Shimaya Ryokan

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3075-I Hirao, Shimotakai-gun, Yamanouchi-machi 381-0401 , Nagano Prefecture
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a backpacking trip and wanted the Ryokan experience without the price tag. We decided to spend 2 nights at Shimaya and it was probably the best decision we made in our 2 weeks in Japan. We had a "3 person mountain view room" which was basic but in a traditional way. We really enjoyed wearing around our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for two nights here in February 2015. I don't think I've ever been in such a helpfull B&B. From giving us information, lifts to and from the monkey park, providing welly boots. I even borrowed a hat & gloves because I misplaced mine. We were walking to the saki museum and Mr Yumoto stopped and again very kindly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not knowing what to expect from a ryokan, we were a clean slate. We picked this one for the proximity to the train station and the reported friendliness of the owners, plus their willingness to pick us up and drop us off at the train station and the snow monkey park ... in fact their guests are their whole reason... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed at this ryokan in Dec 2014 and in Feb 2015, the owner Mr. Yumoto san goes above and beyond to ensure your stay at his ryokan is as pleasant as possible, he takes the trouble to recommend places to eat and places to visit in around the Yamanouchi area. As I booked the room with hot dinner package, the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of our first places we stayed at in Japan and the perfect place to start to see Japanese culture at it's best. Mr Yumoto was extremely helpful with driving us to/from the Monkey Park and even to the station when we were ready to leave! And the private onsen is definitely worth booking and the quick walk. Will definitely... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The hotel rooms were basic without frills but comfortable and you have everything you might need with tea, TV, room safe, air con and Wifi. There two hot spring baths too that were great. The lobby area has a vast number of maps and brochures for local attractions and the hotel owners are expert tourist guides and will be able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The ryokan itself is basic but comfortable. What makes it special is the owner...he is very very friendly n helpful. Goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. He also provides transport service to n from station n also the Snow Monkey Park. The dinner is also great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Comfortable Ryokan. We stayed on top floor (no elevator) with a small bathroom. Room had nice balcony. Owners were so nice....made breakfast to our schedule, drove us to monkey park entrance. I left my glasses on the lobby and they drove to train station to give them to me prior to train leaving! If we go back to money park,... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The hotel staff, and owner in particular could not have been more helpful. Even before I arrived I was emailed a useful local map and directions. During my stay I was given a free lift to the monkey park and recomendations of places to visit and local restaurants etc. The room was spacious and clean, and I enjoyed the breakfast... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

First of all, the husband and wife team that own and run this hotel are amazing. They are the sweetest and go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need for a great weekend in Yudanaka. I requested the very top floor for the view but my mistake as it was a bit cold on the very... More 

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