Yudanaka Hotels

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Kokuya Ryokan: Private Onsen Splurge

At Kokuya's entrance, a basket of eggs stands next to a bowl of water from the hot springs. You are invited to enjoy a snack of Onsen-Tamago (soft boiled egg) for the princely sum of 50 Yen. Just one of the enjoyable aspect of staying in this 400 year old traditional Japanese Inn, run by the same family for 16 generations.

The ryokan has on its premises, no fewer than 6 different hot springs, each of course with unique medicinal and therapeutic properties for the bather. There are 8 different baths (male, female and reservable), and 10 rooms with their own private onsen bath on the balcony. Other rooms allow access to the hotel's onsen. In addition of course, guests have free access to the famous 9 public onsen of Shibu Onsen.

The guest is greeted by kimono clad staff and registered, handed yukata, and slippers before being led up and down stairs through many corridors of the rambling old building to reach your room. On the way, your host will explain the public and private baths, and the etiquette for using them.

We booked using Zeno's excellent guide to the area, which also gets you rates a bit cheaper than the Inn's own website.

All rooms are named for flowers - ours was 'Sakura' and it was indeed spacious, with table and chairs near the coffee making facilities, and heating pads under the low table where we were served green tea on arrival.

On our small outside terrace was a shower and a small cedar hot tub. It was VERY warm but oh so relaxing.

When we left the room for meals, the room was converted from sitting to sleeping setup (and vice versa at breakfast). Sleeping was very comfortable and warm on the tatami floor.

The hotel can be taken as 'half board' and provides a wonderfully varied and beautifully presented 'kaiseki' dinner, as well as a very filling breakfast.

The stay is not cheap, but considering the meals and the unique experience, we considered it worth every penny (in April 2014, 40000 Yen for 2)

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Food and Dining, Spa and Resort, Luxury Travel
  • Written June 8, 2014
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Shimaya Ryokan: You'll be well looked after here!

We chose Shimaya as our first stop in the Nagano hinterland on our Snow Monkey expedition. It was a brilliant choice. Our rooms were spacious (much bigger than the average Japanese hotel room) and comfortable with private bathroom. Whilst the tatami room provides only low seating, in the warm paper screened balcony were a table and chairs which provided our less flexible knees & hips some respite!

Beds were warm and comfortable, with good padding underneath. The wifi was free and worked well in the room.

The hotel offers breakfast for a modest extra charge if you wish (though we bought instant noodles from one of the shops in town and used the supplied hot water to prepare our own).

The hotel has its own onsen baths (male, female, and one which can be reserved for private groups for a modest charge)

The proprietor and host, the enthusiastic Mr Yumoto was ever so helpful, driving us up to the Snow Monkey Park, providing suggestions for a day trip to Obuse (and hustling a group of guests down to the station to catch the train!) and getting our luggage on to our next stop in nearby Shibu Onsen.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Spa and Resort, Hiking and Walking
  • Written June 6, 2014
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ryokans and hotels in Yudanaka: google your accommodation

Accommodation in YUDANAKA SPA

CHOJIYA RYOKAN Hot Spring Ryokan
Feel right at home at this smaller family run ryokan in the Yudanaka Hot spring Resort. Indoor and Outdoor baths to soak inn. Mainly B and B style accommodation but room only is also OK. Unlike many places in resorts, this ryokan does not raise it's rates for weekends or holidays. Not too far from the entrance to the famous Monkey Hot Spring at Jigokudani

Enjoy all 4 seasons at the Hotel Shirogane. There is something here for everyone. The hotel is in natural surrounds and creates a relaxing atmosphere.
The hotels offers a natural hot spring for guests to soak in after a day out.
The hotel meals are local cuisine served in Kaiseki Style

Hotel Tsubakino is a modern Ryokan (traditional hotel) located in Yudanaka Onsen, a small town famous for hot springs and surrounded by the most beautiful mountains of Nagano.
Hotel Tsubakino offers both modern convenience and traditional Japanese atmosphere. Enjoy a spectacular view of the northern Japanese Alps while soaking in our outdoor hot tubs and a great selection of Japanese food at our restaurant. Hotel Tsubakino is a perfect place for your stay in Nagano.

HOTEL YUDANAKA Hot Spring Ryokan
Hotel Yudanaka is a Japanese style inn located in Yudanaka Onsen. We are only 3 minutes walk from Yudanaka Station, Nagano Dentetsu Line. Yudanaka Onsen area is surrounded by mountains and the area is famous for its so called 'snow monkeys', wild Japanese monkeys who are taking open-air hot spring baths. All of the 15 guest rooms are spacious Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats. We have 8 different types of bath. Soak in a hot spring baths and relax! Bath tax 150 yen per night per person 0 yen under 12 years old. Facilities include a restaurant, baths, pool, meeting room, souvenir shop, karaoke room, game corner and barbecue garden as well as a free car park (80 slots).

Masuya offers you a great onsen experience. Our onsen water is 100% fresh and comes from 4 different hot springs, none of which has ever run out of the hot water for 1000 years. Every guest room is a tasteful Japanese room and very quiet. Our delicious Japanese Kaiseki dinner is full of local flavor and served in private rooms.
All rooms are comfortable, clean traditional Japanese rooms, with En Suite facilities

Located right at the world famous monkey hot spring near Yudanaka, this inn is only accessible on foot. Allow at least 30 minutes to get to the inn and please check in before 5PM. A small traditional style inn with 6 hot springs and Japanese meals. Bathe with the Monkeys in the inns mixed bath or use the separate gender baths to soak away tired muscles

SHIBU HOTEL Hot Spring Ryokan
Shibu Hotel is a charming Japanese Ryokan situated in the old town of Shibu Onsen, Nagano. Many Japanese who love the good old times of Showa come to stay at our hotel. Nearby attractions include the famous Jigokudani Monkey Park where bathing monkeys are spotted during the winter. The park is closer from Shibu Onsen than from Yudanaka Onsen. Free shuttle to Jigokudani Monkey Park is available (subject to time). At night, you can walk around in the town, wearing Yukata (Japanese light robe). Our Kaiseki menu offers a rare opportunity to try out different local Japanese dishes in each season. Our chef cares for quality ingredients. Particularly, rice, Japanese mushrooms, tofu and apples are excellent. Free pickup from / to the nearby Yudanaka station. Just call us on the day you are coming. You can leave your luggage to front desk staff before check-in and after checkout. Many restaurants in the town: Soba, Sushi, and noodle restaurants within a 2-3 minute walk. You can take food to your room.

8 minutes away from Yudanaka Station. If you have heavy baggage, please call us beforehand, and we will pick you up at Yudanaka station.
Shimaya Ryokan provides free shuttle service to / from Jigokudan Snow Monkey Park on demand. You can refresh in our onsen public bath filled with 100% natural hot spring water. The onsen bath can be privately used on weekdays (reserve in advance). Around the hotel are restaurants reasonable in price, sushi-bars, a convenience store open for 24 hours, a coin laundry and an ATM accepting international cards. We serve Japanese and Western Style meals at our inn if you require them.
Free welcome cocktail for JHN Guests

YOROZUYA Hot Spring Ryokan
One of Yudanaka's finest hot springs, with a wide range of classical baths that will be the highlight of your trip to Japan. A great chance to experience a traditional Japanese Ryokan. Wonderful service will give you treasured memories for years to come. Some of the inn's buildings are registered as cultural treasures by the government

A traditional Japanese, wooden guesthouse located in Yudanaka Onsen, Nagano Pref. The building was built during the Meiji era (1868-1912)! It has a traditional inner garden and an atmosphere of days gone by. Yudanaka Onsen area is surrounded by mountains and the area is famous for its so called 'snow monkeys', wild Japanese monkeys who are taking open-air hot spring baths. All of the 15 guest rooms are Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats. We have 4 different types of bath. You can use the onsen privately upon request (for free). It is open 24 hours. Soak in a hot spring baths and relax! Facilities include a souvenir shop, gallery, Japanese-style banquet room, parking lot and a ping pong room. Internet LAN connections in lobby area.

A classic Ryokan with an authentic touch. This is a Ryokan Japanese people visit when they want to experience a part of their own culture which is not as common as in days gone by.
The outdoor hot spring is one of he finest in the region and their private use hot springs are very popular with couples and families (free of charge for guests). The inn has designed 3 special meal plans for us that combine traditional Japanese favorites, yet are suitable for guests trying this for the first time.

YU-YADO SEKIYA Hot Spring Ryokan
Small Hot Spring Ryokan in the hills above Yudanaka. Small ski area close by. A great place to really get a way from it all. In summer the drive through to Kusatsu is spectacular (closed due to snow in winter). Only 12 rooms ensures personal attention

As you see there is plenty of accommodation around Monkey Park. The area is famous for it's onsen water and fresh air. It is also popular during the winter as there is plenty to do for the snow sports enthusiasts.

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  • Written October 18, 2008
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Koraku-Kan minshuku: mountain minshuku

We did not stay here as it was expensive and we wanted to spend the next night closer to Mt. Fuji and Tokyo, but we took few pictures while passing this nice looking mountain minshuku.

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  • Written October 18, 2008
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