When we first arrived at Yudanaka, it was very easy for us to find the hotel; owner speaks little to no English at all, but made up by being extra friendly and helpful. We did know a few words of Japanese, which can be very helpful; Otherwise, I would suggest maybe having a Japanese phrase book to get some instructions.
The room was what we expected with a traditional old room, with a double futon bed on the floor with plenty of blankets to keep us warm. There is also a table with a heater underneath covered with a blanket to keep your feet warm. It has a safe available for storage, and a modern Western electronic toilet (with heated seat too) and a sink; There is a sitting area along the window where you can close off a sliding wall to have a smoke and drink if you wanted to. There are also storage in this section to put your bags.
Warning though, this place doesn’t have a lift, so if you have a lot of luggage, expect to carry it up the stairs yourself. (the old owner offered to help, but I felt bad asking him to carry my 30kg bag) As this is an Onsen hotel, there is no shower available in your room. There are 4 Onsens available to use. If you are not familiar with Onsen, I would suggest you google it; They are all segregated to either male or female only; You can use different onsen based on what time it is; the 4 onsens are build to different styles. One is a Wooden tub in a room that has a sliding door to a mini garden, one is a tiled one that is in a room with a semi open roof, one is in the basement that is very steamy and hot because it doesn’t have much ventilation, while the last one, which is the best one that is outdoor, in a rock pool surrounded by a Japanese garden, and has a rock table in the middle of the onsen which you can sit down and have a drink of Sake. The wooden onsen does have a lock door which couples can use privately. We went during the off season and on a weekday, so there were not many other people around , so getting access to the private room is no problem.
The owner offered to drive us up to the snow monkey park as we missed our last bus, and seems like they do that alot for their guests. and when we left, they gave us parting gifts
Food served there are great... at 1000Yen for breakfast and 3000Yen for Dinner, I would fully reccomend it... food was awesome with local produce. You must let the owners know in advance you would like to eat so they can prepare. They would come and knock on your door (agreed time) and you would be lead to a big private room to eat traditional style. Love it
Overall, I would definately go there again if I were to go to Yudanaka, and I would brush up my Japanese just to get to know the old owners and their friendly staffs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seifuso is an affordable traditional Japanese hotel (ryokan) in Yudanaka Onsen. Close from Yudanaka Sta, Nagano Dentetsu. The building was built during the Meiji era (1868-1912) and is filled with traditional atmosphere. We also have a traditional garden inside the house. All of the 15 guest rooms are Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats. We have 3 different baths. You can use the onsen privately upon request for free and it is open 24 hours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yudanaka Seifuso Japan/Yamanouchi-Machi, Nagano Prefecture