Just left Shibu Hotel and must say that the owners of this hotel are the most wonderfully welcoming hosts you can imagine. I was traveling alone, just a quick trip to see the snow monkeys and made a last minute reservation. From the moment that I walked into the front door and saw the welcome sign with my name (the only non-Japanese name), I knew this would be a special visit.
I was booked in a Traditional Japanese room and really enjoyed the change of pace. The meals (dinner and breakfast) were plentiful, fresh, well prepared and beautiful! I used the hot spring in the hotel and enjoyed it, too.
The town and the snow monkeys are not to be missed. The Shibu Hotel is a great place to make your home base as you explore the area.
Stayed at Shibu Hotel, Shibu Onsen near Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Monkey Park), Nagano Prefecture