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Ryokan Sakaya

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9329 Toyosato, Shimotakai-gun, Nozawaonsen-mura 389-2502 , Nagano Prefecture
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We have just had a week at this gorgeous ryokan. It is our second stay here and was even better than the last time. We had a deluxe traditional room with futons this time which was huge and very comfortable. Last year we had the western room which was quite small. I recommend opting for a traditional Japanese room as... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Ok, so I'd give it 4.5 stars. It's better than very good, but not (quite) up to the standard of say, the Marriott Grand Hyatt or similar. However, its a wonderful place to stay, particularly if you want to experience genuine Japanese culture and service. Staff are extremely helpful and courteous, and everything you could want is provided; a wonderful... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Came here with the kids in December to celebrate Christmas. We reached the little town of Nozawa onsen at 5-6pm but it was pitch black by then. We took a taxi from the local train station to sakaya onsen (takes around 15mins), however as we learnt on the ride home it was easier to take the bus (only 3 mins... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The wife and I stayed for 3 nights in mid january. Check-in was a breeze. English is spoken well by a few staff members, but overall communication is not a issue. The staff provides you a very good overview of the property and the town. Our room was on the 6th floor. We had 2 single beds setup instead of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

The glowing reviews are true. It's intimate and the staff are very attentive and warm. Full of nice little touches like encouraging you to wear kimonos to meals and free snow boots to wear. The Onsen was a delight we even used it at 5am on the morning of our departure. In future I would not have prepaid for all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Arrived January 15th on the night of the fire festival. Check in was flawless and the staff could not help us enough during our stay. Loved the Japanese style breakfasts. Nozawa-onsen powder was turned on and we skied hard. The Onsens were much appreciated apres ski. The town itself is full of history and RyokanSakaya is centrally located. Rooms were... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Arrived mid-December 2014, the day after a whopping 1m drop of fresh powder. Had forwarded our luggage via Ta-Q-Bin from Narita so we could travel unencumbered. JR Narita Express to Tokyo (57m), Nagano Shinkansen to Nagano (1h40m), Shinetsu Main Line to Kamisakai (1h15m) and a 5 minute taxi to Sakaya. Check in was effortless, the staff understand varying levels of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Ryokan Sakaya was the perfect base for a week of skiing in Nozawa in February this year. It has the best location in Nozawa onsen, in the historical heart and just minutes from the u-road that takes you to the ski runs. Great rooms, good rotenburo, very good Japanese style breakfast and top quality keiseki dinner. The staff were incredibly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Loved my time saying here. Very authentic Japanese style accommodation with some of the best food you are ever likely to eat....make sure you have the kaiseki dinner. The onsens are great and in particular enjoyed the private one after a days skiing. We had plans to go and explore the nightlife but never ended up venturing out due to... More 

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Connecticut, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We took our first trip to Japan in Feb 2014 and first spent a few days in Tokyo before heading up to Nozawa-onsen for a few days on our snowboards. Ryokan Sakaya made this such an amazing experience. When you first walk in, you'll be greeted by the staff who will insist on taking your bags (including ski bags) and... More 

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