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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone told me I had to stay at a Ryokan when I visited Japan this August of 2016. Sadly, a lot of them were already booked, just for couples, and/or between $400 and $800 a night. Kamesei Ryokan had room for me, accepted single travelers, and -- as I found out after staying a night -- is so reasonably priced... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

mistasean-san, Thank you for 'finding' our ryokan here in our little onsen town of Togura-Kamiyamada. As you indicate, our town still has a ways to go to make it on to the global tourist map -- 98% of the town's guests are Japanese. But the visitors from overseas that do manage to find us seem to enjoy our relative convenient... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

I loved this ryokan because of the warm hospitality provided by the proprietors - one American gentleman and a Japanese lady. They were very friendly, picked us up from the train station (which was very convenient), and suggested activities for us to do during our 2 night stay. The onsen inside the ryokan is beautiful, the breakfast is worth it... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Christopher C-san, Thank you for coming and enjoying our ryokan as well as our onsen town, Togura-Kamiyamada. Surrounded by mountains and with the Chikuma River running down the center, our town is a refreshing relief from the concrete jungle of Tokyo. And the great thing about our onsen town is all the specialty shops. You mentioned our breakfast -- many... More 

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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Kamesei Ryokan is an exceptional value in ways beyond the cost of accommodation. HostsTyler and Mari are enthusiastic community boosters and have a wide range of knowledge about the region, town, and how to make a traveler feel they are getting the most for their time and money. The ryokan itself is traditional in decor and aesthetics, and yet there... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

John N-san, It was an honor to host you. Although your stay was just one night, it was a most memorable one for us. We are grateful you appreciated our inn's blend of traditional construction and contemporary updates. Our chef is glad you were happy with his unique version of the kaiseki-style dinner. Not many people realize the work and... More 

Saskatoon
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed my stay at Kamesei Ryokan. The hosts were so helpful and friendly. They were always happy to give rides to and from the train station. The food, as others have said, was out of this world. As a vegan, I'm difficult to cook for, but they pulled it off with flying colours. They provided excellent directions for... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Mercedes S-san, Thank you for your stay and your kind comments. We are delighted you enjoyed the traditional feel of our inn, our efforts to make your stay as effortless (for you) as possible with transportation and directions, as well as our chef's kaiseki meal. As in this case, with advanced notice, our chef is happy to provide a vegetarian... More 

Santa Rosa, California
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

This is an outstanding ryokan in Chikuma (outside of the hustle & bustle of Tokyo) with two very accommodating hosts. I've been to a few ryokans in Japan over the years but this was the first time that I was not with a business colleague and took my family instead. While looking at the other guests (almost all Japanese), you... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

whereisrick-san, Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you picked Kamesei for your authentic ryokan experience for your family. Considering your knowledge of ryokans in Japan, we are delighted you enjoyed our inn so much. We try to make the stay here as easy and comfortable, as well as rewarding and enriching, as possible -- especially for our... More 

Portland, Oregon, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This was the first Ryokan we stayed in after arriving in Japan on our way to Tokyo to run the Tokyo marathon. The service was above and beyond expectations, the room was lovely, the food tasty, and we even got to enjoy local beers! Tyler was super helpful in explaining local customs and suggestions on where to go. He even... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

colleenl239-san, Thank you for picking Kamesei Ryokan for invigorating your body ahead of the Tokyo Marathon. We are thrilled you enjoyed our service and travel advice, and local beers! Next time, we suggest you consider running the Nagano Marathon, usually held the 3rd Sunday of April. The course offers great views of the Chikuma River and surrounding mountains, and runs... More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay. So glad we picked this ryokan. We spent 2 nights and had the breakfast and dinner package. It felt like we had a vey authentic Japanese experience. The food was amazing and the onsen was so relaxing. We used the ryokan as a base to visit the snow monkeys. Our stay will definitely be a... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for your stay, and for your kind review. We are grateful you enjoyed our chef's kaiseki-style dinners as well as Kamiyamada Onsen's relaxing hot spring mineral water. Kamesei Ryokan is a traditional onsen inn with warm wood construction, a naka-niwa central garden crossed by a passageway connecting to the semi-detached rooms, each with a tsubo-niwa pocket garden. We... More 

new york city
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

This was the highlight of our short trip to Japan. Staying in Chikuma really helped us experience a different part of Japan compared to Tokyo. We loved the serine surroundings of rivers and mountains, beautifully presented traditional meals, biking through the countryside, and relaxing in the hot springs. Very conveniently located, too, to see the area. Everyone was very gracious... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Kamesei Ryokan and choosing our onsen town Togura-Kamiyamada here in Chikuma City as your base for exploring this corner of the Japanese countryside. As an innkeeper, it is very rewarding for us when guests like you make so much out of your stay -- enjoying our chef's meals, soaking in our onsen baths, and bicycling... More 

Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

We stayed here as a family of 5 (3 young kids). Our hosts were amazing and helped enormously organising great day trips for non-Japanese speakers. We loved the snow monkeys, snowshoeing, Matsumoto castle and local shrines and Zazen meditation. The ryoken is wonderful and very quiet. The thermal onsens baths were just what was needed at the end of the... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

We were honored you choose Nagano and our onsen inn, Kamesei Ryokan, for your stay in Japan. You certainly made the most out of your time -- I am sure your children have made some life-long memories. Your timing was perfect weather-wise for the snowshoeing at Togakushi. The nice thing about staying an extended period of time is being able... More 

Wollongong, Australia
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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

We stayed here in January 16 and actually booked due to trip advisor reviews over 12 months in advance to get the Yayoi room which has the private family onsen attached. We planned our holiday around staying at this onsen and came away with special memories not wanting to leave. We had dinner and breakfast at the onsen for the... More 

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Tyler-KameseiRyokan, Owner at Kamesei Ryokan, responded to this review

Neville-san, Thank you for your kind comments. Mari and I are grateful you enjoyed our traditional onsen inn and hospitality, and that our service enhanced your appreciation of staying here in Nagano, in the Japanese countryside. Outside of Tokyo and the major tourist centers, there is often not a lot of information available for foreign tourists. We try our best... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Traditional ryokan featuring warm wood construction, gardens throughout, relaxing onsen baths and gourmet kaiseki meals. You can wear your yukata robe and use our wooden geta sandals to stroll around our town, Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, which has lots of appealing shops, restaurants, as well as onsen geisha. Centrally located to the best of Nagano. Our American owner is happy to share this slice of the Japanese countryside with you. Free pick-up at Togura Station. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kamesei Ryokan

Address: 2-15-1 Kamiyamada Onsen, Chikuma 389-0821, Nagano Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Chikuma > Togurakamiyamada Onsen
Price Range: $48 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kamesei Ryokan 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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