Looking for a place to stay in Shinano-machi? Then look no further than Nojiriko Hotel El Bosco, a luxury hotel that brings the best of Shinano-machi to your doorstep.
As your “home away from home,” the hotel rooms offer air conditioning and a refrigerator, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available.
Guests have access to baggage storage and newspaper while staying at Nojiriko Hotel El Bosco. In addition, Nojiriko Hotel El Bosco offers an on-site restaurant, which will help make your Shinano-machi trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.
Given the close proximity to Issa Kobayashi Residence Place (2.5 mi), guests of Nojiriko Hotel El Bosco can easily experience one of Shinano-machi's most popular landmarks.
Travelers looking for French restaurants can head to Pension Tatsunoko.
Shinano-machi is also home to Dowa no mori Gallery, a popular art museum that is not too far from Nojiriko Hotel El Bosco.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Nojiriko Hotel El Bosco as you experience everything Shinano-machi has to offer.
Stayed several times before for years, as it is located at the deepest spot of Nojiriko Lake, surrounded by only trees. Beautiful stars at night, so quiet surrounding that it's good to just relax for a day. However, building is getting old, WiFi is weak, no hot spring facility in the hotel (although they can drive to the nearby Japanese ryokan hotel in the afternoon upon request). French restaurant serves dishes using local material, but nothing special nor unique. Breakfast buffet is good with some variations to choose from western and Japanese style.
El Bosco Nojiriko Hotel is probably one of our favorite hotels in Japan. We've only been there twice, but since living here for a dozen years, we've tended to travel to lots of different places in Japan rather than keep returning to the same places, so twice is a compliment to this hotel. As others have stated, the cost is a bit expensive, but considering its location on its own peninsula along a mountain lake, the high quality of the food, and the overall attentiveness of the staff, it's nice to splurge once in a while. As some reviewers have mentioned, it is in a remote location, and I personally would suggest coming by car; there really is so much to see within the surrounding mountains that would be missed without your own transportation. I heartily recommend driving through nearby Togakushi; especially the walk to the upper-shrine lined with tall 400-year old cedars is magical. The hotel is furnished in a casual but modern and understated but I think elegant fashion, with attention to natural woods and large windows that immerse you in the surrounding forest. Both times that we have visited, we were so happy with the presentation and taste of the dinner. This last time, we splurged and came for one of the hotel's combined wine tasting events with St. Cousair Winery. They shuttled us over to the winery, where we had a little break before going for an extra shuttle ride to the outer old-vine vineyards for a personal tour by the winemaker. There, the winery has a small two-story log building where we overlooked the vineyards and surrounding valley while tasting five or six white wines along with aged cheese and smoked deer. Because corking fees were waived for wines purchased during the event, we brought back a bottle of Nagano Chardonnay to have with dinner. I'm surprised to say that I think the winery's Chardonnay compares quite favorably with those in a similar price range (~$30) from my home-state of California. Overall, we had a very pleasant stay at the El Bosco Nojiriko Hotel.…
I guess the high rate you pay is for the location, which is beautiful. However, we thought it was overpriced. The room was quite outdated, especially the bathroom (plus supersmall, no bath). Nothing special and simply not what we expected. The restaurant (which was a french cuisine) was disappointing too. The food quality was poor and not tasty at all, however not cheap in price. Breakfast was a little better. The staff was very friendly and did their best to help, especially the 1 guy who spoke English. We would not go here again unfortunately.
Yes, like many other reviewers have said, the decor is from the 70s. But the food was awesome. They have a chef making real food for every visitor, and catered to the allergies among members of our party. The location is beautiful. The view from the room can't be beat.
We stayed here for one night in a Superior Twin room. The staff were really excellent and very friendly and professional. The dinner in the restaurant was first class. The restaurant is beautiful and quiet and we could enjoy a relaxed dinner. The chef is from Nagano and he uses local, fresh seasonal produce from Nagano and neighboring Niigata. The hotel does not have its own onsen, however there is a good shuttle bus service from the hotel (arranged by the hotel) to one of the local onsens. This onsen is in a really good spot and there is a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains from the outside baths. I highly recommend visiting this hotel.... for the location, view of the magnificent lake and mountains and for the delicious food. Please note that the hotel is closed in winter due to heavy snow fall, making the roads difficult to pass.…
Stayed recently with wife and two young kids. Staff were friendly and attentive. One staff member even guided us in his private car to a distant attraction. Food is excellent and caters well to both western and Japanese palates. My only suggestions would be to offer a child friendly menu (paying for full meals for a 4 yr old child is wasteful) and to provide a chance to swim in the lake at El Bosco (a jetty would be good). Otherwise, strongly recommended for tourists wanting to escape the hustle of city life.
On the positive side: This resort is set right next to Nojiri Lake and is completely surrounded by trees and provides exquisite views of the lake and the forest-covered hills on the other side. The facility is European looking and is done in wood and red brick. The rooms are modern and stylish but understated. There is a nice reading area with a small but interesting library which does a good job of appealing to a variety of tastes. For the most part, this resort is quiet and there are no other resorts or shops nearby. You feel like you've got the surroundings to yourself. There is a walking trail that leads from the lodge along the lake and is a wonderful way to get out and enjoy the surroundings. The dining room has large windows which capture the surrounding trees and lake. At night the trees are lit up to create a truly special atmosphere. As for the cuisine, "Moment" is run by Yoshi Kojima who does an excellent job of using local fresh ingredients to the fullest. We visited in early fall just as local chestnuts, apples and Asian pears were in season and these were used to create unique salads and accents for tender meats including smoked duck. Our dinner and buffet-style breakfast were very good. Except for the wine, I wouldn't change a thing. The dinner, especially, was a treat that we continued to talk about during our stay in Nagano. On the Negative side: This resort is remote (which, as mentioned above, can be a blessing or can be a disappointment depending on what you're looking for). If you arrive by train, you will want to schedule things so that you arrive a Kurohime Station in time to take the resort shuttle bus (about 15 to 20 ride from Kurohime Station). Once you're at the resort you're basically stuck there (unless you ask the front desk to call a taxi for you but that of course takes time because of the remote location of the lodge). If you come by car, this will not be a problem. There is no hot springs at this lodge, but for 700 yen per person you can reserve the shuttle bus trip to the hot springs which is a ways away and (from what I've read on the net) the hot springs is nothing special. Lots of racing boats and water skiers on the lake. If you are a water skier, you can probably plan ahead to enjoy this while you're there. If you're not a water skier, you will hear the boats whizzing past (they don't run late at night nor before 7:00am so it's really not too much of an annoyance). Although there is a nice walking path, we arrived on a beautiful day but it has rained before we arrived and most of the path was completely roped off and restricted. So, be forewarned. This resort is marketed as "a resort for adults" but we noticed that at least 1/3 of the guests had small noisy children with them and at dinner things can get a bit loud. The course dinner we ordered automatically came with Nagano wines and the ones we had were "average" at best (very subdued notes) which didn't complement the wonderful meal overseen by Kojima-san. In sum: Lake Nojiri is a wonderful place and offers a variety of marine sports, camping facilities, fishing, kayaking and hiking. Unless you come by car, staying at El Bosco makes it a bit difficult to take advantage of these opportunities and is quite remote. On the other hand, if you want to get away from it all, this resort does a pretty good job of placing you in the middle of nature and yet providing you with all creature comforts for enjoying a slow weekend and the food at "moment" will not disappoint.…