Fall here in our onsen town Togura Kamiyamada means a bumper crop of fun events such as grape, miso, sake brewery and other marches, music concerts, moon viewing, cycling, not one but two Halloween parties, and more! Here are some of our recommendations:
The Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park and the world-famous Snow Monkeys are an easy 25-minute train and 45-minute bus ride (plus a 30-minute walk through a beautiful cedar forest) from Kamesei Ryokan and our onsen town Togura-Kamiyamada.
Here is a convenient train and bus schedule for Summer / Fall 2023. There was a baby rush this past spring, so a plethora of adorable baby snow monkeys are waiting your visit.
While there are group tours available from Nagano Station, many of our guests use Nagaden's express bus as per the above schedule, and enjoy the freedom to travel at the times they like. And by buying the Snow Monkey Pass at the Nagano Dentetsu subway ticket counter below Nagano Station's Zenkoji Exit, besides saving money you can avoid the hassle of figuring out what/ how/ when to pay for transportation to and from the trailhead.
One last word of advice -- make sure to recharge your camera's battery before going as you will be taking lots of pictures!
Chikuma City's "Chikuma-Wari" discount is good for 3000 yen off per person per weeknight, 1500 yen off for weekend/holiday. The discount takes effect from 01-July to 31-August, 2023. The offer is limited in number and we really want guests to try our new Deluxe Rooms with private shower and private outdoor onsen bath, so we will offer the Chikuma-Wari discount for guests reserving those Deluxe rooms via our website only (just write "Chikuma-Wari" in the comment section).
Nagano Prefecture's version of Zenkoku-wari runs through 30-June, 2023. You get up to 3000 yen off as well as coupons to use anywhere in Nagano. You must be a resident of Japan to qualify. As with the above-mentioned Chikuma-Wari, we have a limited number available so will accept Zenkoku-wari for reservations for our Deluxe Rooms only. Reservations can be made through our website -- mention "Zenkoku-wari" in the comment section.
この夏はご褒美で亀清旅館の露天風呂付き客室で是非にごゆっくりと過ごしてください。この得の割引でお財布にも優しいです。Give yourself a break this summer and indulge yourself with a stay at one of Kamesei Ryokan's Deluxe Rooms. And give your wallet a break at the same time!
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.