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Best 10 Onsen Ryokan In Matsumoto, Nagano - Updated 2019

Best 10 Onsen Ryokan In Matsumoto, Nagano - Updated 2019
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Matsumoto is not that much further north than Tokyo, but it has a very different climate. Nagano prefecture, where Matsumoto is based in, is famous for housing the Japanese Alps. This volcanic mountain range may stretch across a wide portion of Japan but Nagano is where the highest points can be found. Because of this increased altitude, the area is a lot colder and perfect for skiing as well as other winter sports. The Japanese Alps are volcanic and heat up many pockets of water in the region. This has led to an abundance of hot springs that are a massive tourism draw for the local area. So here is our list of the best tourist-friendly Onsen Ryokan In Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture.

1. Myojinkan (from USD 420)

Relaxing in an onsen bath is an essential part of the Japanese experience. Myojinkan understands this and generously offers guests the choice between two different types of bath, both indoors and outdoors. The indoor bath might protect you from rain or fallen leaves, but the outdoor onsen is the more traditional of the two. Having your head and shoulders exposed to the refreshing breezes whilst the lower part of your body stays nice and warm in the water is a fabulous feeling. Additionally, the ryokan offers spa treatments such as a facial cleanse or a massage that guests are welcome to. They have western-style rooms and have rental bicycles that you can use to get about town.

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2. Hotel Tamanoyu (from USD 150)

This ryokan has the individual bonus of being wheelchair accessible. Not a lot of places in Japan are easily accessible for the disabled. Unlike many western countries, there are no laws or social pressures about catering to wheelchair users so many business just don’t. Hotel Tamanoyu has you covered though and they are always happy to have wheelchair using guests. The ryokan has an onsen that is available for all guests. There is an indoor bathhouse and an outdoor traditional onsen. The rooms are more traditional, using futons. Sometimes, the ryokan hosts classical music concerts.

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3. Tsuki no Shizuka (from USD 69)

This beautifully rustic ryokan is ready for guests who want to experience traditional Japan. You can stay here and sleep in a classical Japanese designed room, eat high quality local specialities at the restaurant and relax in traditional onsen. There are also massages and rental cars available for those willing to pay a bit extra.

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4. Keiryu-so Shiorie (from USD 454)

Keiryu-so Shiorie is a smartly designed ryokan that adheres to Japanese aesthetics wherever possible. The whole building is picturesque and serene. Their rooms are set out in a traditional Japanese style, meaning they have tatami mat floors and comfortable futon beds. They also have both indoor and outdoor onsen baths that guests are free to use at their leisure. The ryokan is especially proud of their Kaiseki meals. These meals are brought to diners in a succession of small courses that add up to one big meal. This way you can sample a whole host of delightful Japanese dishes, experiencing many different tastes all in one meal. They have both French and Japanese meals available all made with the freshest local ingredients.

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5. Ryokan Matsukaze (from USD 32)

A super convenient ryokan that is perfect for those who want to get around easily. The ryokan is just a 10-minute walk away from Matsumoto station and then another 10 minute-walk away from Matsumoto castle. It’s a great location and the staff are always happy to help guests if they need to book anything or plan their excursions to the local sights. They have both western and Japanese-style rooms for guests to choose from.

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6. Izumiya Zenbe (from USD 55)

This ryokan has been operating since 1876 and it has maintained the Japanese charm that kept them in business for so long. Guests are treated to kind and polite staff that are willing to help you with any problems you may have. The rooms carry a traditional Japanese style, as is the whole building and the outdoor onsen. Izumiya Zenbe has a variety of baths to choose from each offering a different advantage. Onsen baths are supposed to be therapeutic, and good for your skin, joints and digestion. Different baths have different temperatures and chemical mixtures due to the natural elements found in the underground hot-springs. You can pick the perfect bath for your body’s needs.

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7. Ryokan Seifuso (from USD 40)

Another Japanese style accommodation. Guest get to experience the unique, Japanese feel of a hotel room that has woven reed tatami mats on the floor and surprisingly comfortable futons. From the rooms, you can get amazing views of the surrounding mountains and enjoy the fresh mountain air whilst you bathe in an outdoor onsen. This ryokan also has real vegetarian meals available in its restaurant. This is something not always available in Japan.

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8. Hotel Shirakabaso (Kamikochi) (from USD 162)

Hotel Shirakabaso (Kamikochi) is famous for the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Located right next to Kamikochi mountain and with great views of the whole mountain chain, this ryokan is a fantastic place for photographers and anyone who enjoys a good mountain view. They are very proud of their in-house restaurant that serves local speciality cuisine that is made with 100% local foods.

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9. Yumoto Saito Ryokan (from USD 222)

An exemplary ryokan with helpful staff and spacious rooms. Yumoto Saito Ryokan has Japanese-style rooms with the option to rent your own private onsen bath. There is also an onsen that can be used by all guests that has milky water inside. This water is tinged white by natural volcanic elements that are said to be therapeutic. It’s a great, secluded health spa.

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10. Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu (from USD 56)

Guests of Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu can choose from western-style or Japanese-style rooms. Both are spacious, it just depends on the type of bed you prefer. They have a large onsen that guests are encouraged to share, and the traditional Japanese game mahjong is offered up to guests as entertainment. There is also Wi-Fi but playing mahjong is a true Japanese experience.

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A winter wonderland

This snowy little part of Japan is great for history buffs and winter sports enthusiast. If you are looking for somewhere to experience Japanese culture but also want to ride down a couple of slopes, then this is the place for you.

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