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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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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
LeeJaye1 Ottawa, Canada
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Shimaya is a classic Japanese Ryokan. In North American parlance, we would call it a "Mom & Pop" or B&B. The hotel is small and family run, with solicitous (sometimes overly so for us city dwellers!) innkeepers. The ryokan hosts two traditional onsen, divided into male/female, according to western tastes. The male/female sign is changed from day to day, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a fantastic time at the Shimaya Ryokan! If you plan on visiting the area you must go there. Family run ryokan with a lovely vibe. Rooms were good size and comfortable. Mr Yumoto and his wife drove us to the snow monkey park and back when we desired, and prepared a delicious western style breakfast for us in the... More 

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Gdansk, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shimaya Ryokan was our the best accommodation in Japan. Our room was very big, clean and in Japanese style. It's very convenient to have an opportunity to take a bath in onsen which is on the first floor. In Shimaya we had the best Japanese breakfast in our 3 weeks trip. We could highly recommended this place for globetrotters and... More 

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brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shimaya was truly my favourite place to stay in japan. Mr and Mrs Yumoto were exceptional hosts. We stayed in an amazing room, relaxed in the hot spring and were even driven to the snow monkey park in time for opening. Truly exceptional, can’t wait to go back again.

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second stay at Shimaya Ryokan, the first time was in late 2008 which left us with such wonderful memories that we chose to stay here again. The Snow Monkey park is a very enjoyable excursion and this time it actually snowed! Mr Yumoto took care of all transport to and from the park and even picked us... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed along with some friends for several nights in February. The owners exceeded expectations with their courtesy, attention to detail, knowledge of the area , particularly the snow monkey park. Always willing to drive us wherever we needed to go. The room was clean and cosy. home cooked breakfast was greatly appreciated . Enjoyed an excellent... More 

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I particularly love the cozy room. Its tatami floor has nice smell of padi and some sort of natural wooden smell. I like the little detail thing from the ryokan e.g. 60's telephone in the room, bath room and toilet are seperate, hot water supply in the room, and the relaxing hot spring, highly recommended. Last but not least, the... More 

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Boulder City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I stayed here for one night in early January, and our stay was absolutely superb. When we got there, they checked us in promptly (Mrs. Yumoto was willing to speak in English, even though I am fluent in Japanese, so that my girlfriend could understand). Our room was well equipped and comfortable. The one thing we noticed... More 

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Edinburgh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is a great place to stay and well worthy of its Tripadvisor awards. Run by the very hospitable Mr and Mrs Yumoto + daughter, rooms are traditional and spacious, but the real highlight is Mrs Yumoto's cooking: the best dinner I had in a 3 week tour of Japan! A real joy - highly recommended.

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Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Shimaya Ryokan although outside it looks a little dated but it is nice and clean, made you feel like home. Our room (very traditional Japanese) was clean & comfortable and breakfast was excellent too. The host Mr. Yumoto very professional and staffs are super helpful. He offered us a ride to Jigokudani helped us with advice on the monkeys and... More 

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