This is a ryokan mostly for ski resort users, but it is nicely located near the center of town and within walking distance from the bus stops.
The décor in the lobby and dining area is slanted towards modern but the rooms are with tatami mats and in the usual ryokan style. The dinner was really good and came with introduction and explanation.
The staff are all very helpful and I must say caring, it was snowing heavily the morning we were leaving and thought of getting a short taxi ride, several minutes later one of the staff approached us and suggested that we book soonest because the deteriorating weather conditions will mean the taxis will be in short supply very soon, that suggestion was very well appreciated, meaning the staff cares and not simply in a robotic mode.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kawamotoya is a traditional ryokan located in Nozawa Onsen. A total of 13 public hot-spring bath houses, known as "Sotoyu", are a common asset of the local villagers who welcome visitors to share them. One of them, "Kumanotearai no yu", is just next to Kawamotoya and is famous for its effects on the beauty of women's skin.This ryokan has 23 guests rooms; 8 guestrooms have their own private bathroom and all have a private toilet.From the top floors on the East side of the Kawamotoya guests have a beautiful view of the Mt Kenashi and its winter ski slopes, while on the West side of the Kawamotoya guests will enjoy the panorama of the mountain range across the Chikuma valley.The restaurant TAMON is a unique concept within a ryokan, Popular with hotel guests and outside visitors alike, It offers avant-garde variations on classical culinary techniques, using the best local ingredients available. Our chef Yasunaga personally selects fresh mountain herbs, village rice and vegetables, local fish and meat, wild deer and boar, bakes home-made bread, and makes your experience of Nozawa Onsen complete. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kawamotoya Japan/Nagano Prefecture