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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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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

What a wonderful experience! Mr Yumoto picked us up from the station and we were welcomed as soon as we arrived by a lovely lady. The rooms are comfortable if basic and not en-suite but the owners and staff are so friendly and helpful. We got a lift to the places we wanted to go and lots of advice. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Recently stayed here....4 adults and 2 children. It exceeded our expectations. It is a local ryokan in the style of a Japanese home. The owners were outstanding and provided service above expectations. Yumoto-san did all he could to ensure we had a great time and had exciting things to do each day. The main reason for the visit to this... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We went to Shimayo Ryokan at the start of our trip to Japan, organised by Audley travel.It was a change to the 5-star hotel in Tokyo but this was what we came to Japan to experience, a typical ryokan. We were greeted as we walked through the door by Mr Yumoto and from then on he went out of his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We booked here for four nights but stayed five, a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Owner and staff extremely friendly, helpful, totally committed to providing a great stay for guests. Great and genuine advice on activities (not just commission earning as many hotels do) and free rides to where you needed to go. Breakfast was great, especially the Japanese breakfast we got... More 

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