The reviews may seem too good to be true but there really is no catch – this traditional spa hotel is exceptional.
The staff were extraordinarily friendly and attentive (and their English was surprisingly good); our room was enormous and traditionally decorated (think sliding doors, tatami mats and soft minimalism); and we had private indoor and outdoor spa baths (as well as access to the communal baths).
The food (breakfast and dinner, both included) was locally sourced, of excellent quality and beautifully presented – a true kaiseki experience and a highlight of our trip. You could stay one night but we felt staying for two was really worth it to make the most of the location and facilities. It is walking distance to the (excellent) Snow Monkey Park and there is a free pick-up and drop-off service from Yudanaka train station.
Book now – you’re in for a treat!
Stayed at Jinpyokaku, Kanbayashi Onsen, Nagano.