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Tsumago, Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun 399-5302 Nagano Prefecture
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This minshuku is actually located in O-Tsumago just outside the post town of Tsumago. It's likely an overnight when Tsumago is sold-out, or you have a small group size that can't be accommodated in the post town. The food is authentic inland Japanese and servings are generous served on western-style table/chairs. The dining, sleeping and front room are tatami mat floors, so no shoes allowed (not even inside slippers). Sleeping rooms are upstairs accessed by very narrow staircase. Bathrooms are also on 2nd floor where there is a sitting area for hanging out. Sleeping rooms are not sound-proof and separated by traditional shoji doors.
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Lovely historic minshuku with bucket loads of character. We shared with some other guests who were good company. Loved the cedar bathtub but pick your time to bathe - early for the hottest bath. Food was tasty and served at a western style table. Toilets also western style. If you want to experience a traditional Japanese home then I recommend this. Won't forget the experience.
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We spent one night here on our walking tour - it is so atmospheric. The inn is over 300 years old and as such you accept that there are limited bathroom facilities. However, the experience of staying in an inn like this is unique and was a highlight for us. It is located in O-Tsumage which is about1km from Tsumago and nice and quiet. Most of the group with rooms upstairs just took up what they needed as the stairs are very narrow and steep. We were all taken to an onsen about 10 minutes away which took care of baths and showers. The food at dinner was some of the best that we had, especially the little local grilled trout. The floors do creak and squeak and the walls between rooms are paper thin but the futons were the most comfortable of the trip. Highly recommended for an authentic experience of a Japanese inn.
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We loved our one night stay here. The food was amazing and we were collected from the train station and dropped off in the morning to the tourist office with our luggage. We had just got engaged and they took our sake off the bill and gave us a gift bag with some biscuits, chop sticks and post cards in as a present - it was so lovely of them.
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We stayed one night in upstairs rooms in this 200 year old establishment . The staircase is narrow and fairly steep - some of us found it easier to go down backwards. It was easier to leave our suitcases downstairs and take only what we needed to our bedrooms. The rooms were a good size with traditional Japanese futons - firm but comfortable. The room for my wife and I had an anteroom which was handy for placing our belongings. There’s air conditioning in the rooms. There is no ensuite bathroom but rather an area where there are large sinks for teeth cleaning/washing etc. as well as 2 clean toilets and a male urinal. We went to another hotel for traditional Japanese bathing. Our meal was again traditional authentic regional Japanese food, impeccably presented and served. The food for dinner and breakfast was of a very high standard and the staff were lovely. It could not have been better. Free Wifi was available in the upstairs lounge only but it was comfortable and communal. This is a highly recommended place to stay and get the real feel of the historical Nakasendo Way.
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JapanChubuKoshinetsuNagano PrefectureNagiso-machi
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