TV Asahi's Super J Channel occasionally broadcasts a mini-documentary about Kamesei Ryokan. The latest will be shown on 30-May, 2023, the first in 3 years. During that time the Corona pandemic hit, and we have had a major development within our family -- tune in to find out the latest developments in the Kamesei story!
Here at Kamesei Ryokan, we have proudly decorated our inn with patchwork and quilt wall hangings made by Judi Lynch, the mother of our proprietor Tyler Lynch. For 4 weeks starting May 16th we will hold an exhibition of works by Judi Lynch in our large banquet room. The 30 pieces range from small wall hangings to queen-size quilts, many featuring designs inspired by Japan an incorporating vintage kimono material.
期間 Dates: 5/16 ~ 6/12
時間 Time: AM 9:00-11:00 PM 15:00-17:30
場所 Place: 亀清旅館の2階の大広間 Kamesei Ryokan's 2nd Floor Banquet Hall
料金 Price: 無料 Free *希望者にお茶とシアトルクッキーセット300円 Tea and Seattle Cookie Set available for 300 yen
お問い合わせ Contact Tel 026-275-1032 亀清旅館 Kamesei Ryokan
百名山である2,354mの四阿山と花百名山である2,207mの根子岳は菅平牧場から約7時間の登山ループで繋がれている。Mt. Azumaya (one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains) and Neko-dake (a Top 100 Wildflower Mountain) can both be climbed via a 7-hour loop hike from the Sugadaira Pasture.
We’d climbed both peaks individually before but on 20-April we managed to do the 2.5km course to Nekodake after summiting Mt. Azumaya for an enjoyable loop hike. The 360-degree view from the top of Azumaya was particularly impressive, and the trail offers a great variety of scenery, from bamboo grass with birch trees to pine forests. Nekodake’s course runs along a cow pasture at the bottom for expansive views of the Sugadaira Highlands and ski areas.
For Kamesei Ryokan’s Anniversary Plan guests can choose a preserved flower making lesson. A couple celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary gathered in our lobby next to the wood stove and followed the kind instructions of Togura Kamiyamada Onsen’s flower artist Satoh-san from Atelier Bamboo to make a beautiful flower decoration.
Mt. Eboshi is a relatively easy-going climb from a very convenient trailhead (Tomi City’s Yunomaru plateau, a convenient 45 minutes by car from our Kamesei Ryokan). The view from the 2066m peak overlooks Tomi and the Chikuma River Valley below, and along the way there’s a marsh with a boardwalk, a treasure trove of alpine flowers, and reminders of ancient volcanic activity.
Mt. Eboshi’s distinctive 2-pronged peak is a prominent feature of the skyline in Ueda City (especially the Maruko District) and of course Tomi City. Its relatively tall height means it’s one of the first mountains in the area to be covered in snow in the winter. “Eboshi” refers to the high-peaked hat worn by nobility in the ancient Heian Era for ceremonies. The ascent is relatively mild hence the trail is popular with schoolchildren as well as elderly climbers. On our first climb we passed a group of over 100 elementary students. This time we met a guy in his 70s that climbs Eboshi several times a week. (His advice: May and June are best for seeing Mt. Fuji from the peak.)
If climbing Mt. Eboshi wasn’t enough exercise for you, from the col (1850m) you can take the short but steep 800m long trail to the top of Mt. Yunomaru (2101m). You’ll get your exercise in addition to a well-deserved sense of accomplishment. The trail back down to the parking lot at Jizo Pass goes through an azalea field as well as one of the ski slopes (watch out for cow paddies as the slope is used for grazing in the green season). Mountain weather tends to be fickle — on our descent we were suddenly enveloped in fog. Use caution and be prepared!
立ち寄り湯: 湯の丸高原ホテル Post-Hike Onsen: Yunomaru Kogen Hotel
登山口である地蔵峠に湯の丸高原ホテルがあって、日帰り入場が可能。塩素の匂い無く、山の自然を楽しめる露天風呂あり、汗を流すのに最適だ♪ Located at the Jizo Pass trailhead, Yunomaru Kogen Hotel allows day-use of its onsen baths. The outdoor bath has an especially lovely setting, and is perfect for washing away the sweat and dust from the hike.