April 24th, 2009
My travel plans combine world class attraction and a taste of tradition and culture. I found it in Yudanaka and Masuya. This ryokan combines modern amenities with the traditional hospitality handed down from a 170 years of history. Truely a great place. Many thanks.
Stayed at Wafu-no Yado Masuya Yudanaka Nagano Pref.
April 24th, 2009
If you are traveling to Kyoto- you MUST stay here! It is a short, pleasant walk from the main Kyoto train station, and is a short bus ride away from many hot spots, including Shijo- a very fun shopping and eating district. Kahori-san is the new keeper- she is very fun, kind, speaks great english
(and other languages) and is always ready to help! The rooms are simple and very comfortable. We went there for our honeymoon and enjoyed the traditional feel of the Inn. Chita is clean and convenient!
We stayed at Chita Guest Inn, Kyoto
April 16th, 2009
We enjoyed this nice minshuku!! Of course, we will recommend it to every friend of us. It is so relaxing and very well situated from JR station. And, don’t forget to try the hot spring bath! There is a safety box in the room and the atmosphere of the place makes us very secure. Friendly staff is impressive. You think there is no one, but indead they are there to satisfy our needs. The food is superb, excellent. “Oishii desu”. Definitely, a must in Takayama.
We stayed at Minshuku Kuwataniya, Hida Takayama
April 16th, 2009
Yumoto-san and family are excellent hosts. Nothing is too much. Yumoto-san recommended the sushi restaurant a 2 minute-walk away where sushi was prepared in front of us. It’s an artwork. We sat at the counter along with Yuko-a lovely Japanese lady who lives in California. Another recommendation was the noodle restaurant next door where we had soba(mushrooms, onions, chilli with cup-shaped noodles)-delicious! For lunch we went to the bread and jam place where the wonderful chef came with an amazing meal, catering perfectly for my wheat allergy. The monkey park was spectacular! Yumoto-san drove us to the entrance and picked us up from the microbrewery(free tastings of sake and beer!). Ask or point and go to see the brewery itself, a few steps down the road from the museum/ship and learn more from the Engish speaking beer-maker. Back to the monkeys, there are drink vending machines but no food(not a problem if you’ve filled up on the wonderful breakfast served by the family!). We stayed 3 hours and took lots of photos. The monkeys are very entertaining and don’t seem to be bothered with humans but don’t whistle to get their attention. We had a wonderful stay and would love to come back in the winter.
Karen and Dave
From Chester, England
Stayed at Shimaya Ryokan, Yudanaka Onsen (near Jigokudani Yaen Koen = Snow Monkey Park) Nagano Pref.
April 7th, 2009
The hotel is in a very convinient and good location next to the bus station and the facilities are excellent! The Japanese feel of the hotel was wonderful and makes the hotel a very pleasent and original place to stay. The baths with a great view of Mount Fuji were very relaxing. The fireworks display was excellent and only a short distance from the hotel!
From Manchester, England
Stayed at Kawaguchko Station Inn, Mount Fuji Yamanashi Pref.
April 6th, 2009
Stayed at Wafu-no Yado Masuya Yudanaka (near Jigokudani Yaen Koen = Snow Monkey Park) Nagano Pref.