- Tyler Lynch
- Place of Residence
- Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen
- Ryokan innkeeper
- Contribution to Inbound
- Nagano Inbound Summit Director
Hajimemashite. My name is Tyler Lynch, the proprietor of Kamesei Ryokan. Here is a little background about me:
I was born, reared and raised in Seattle, Washington, USA. In college, I studied Japanese language and did an exchange study to Kobe. After graduating, I ended up doing an Eikaiwa gig in Nagano. The prefecture’s beautiful nature, with the green mountains and all the onsens, really charmed me. When I met the daughter of an onsen ryokan, I invited myself over for a bath, and we hit it off from there! I ended up dragging Mari back to Seattle where we got married and lived for 11 years. Meanwhile, Mari’s mother was wanting to retire but with no one to take on the inn, she was going to tear it down and turn it into a parking lot.
We decided not to let that happen.
In the fall of 2005, we moved here to start helping out. I am fortunate to have this opportunity to work here at Kamesei, and to be able to provide a relaxing experience for our guests. Flipping futons and making outdoor baths is only half of my job. The other half is working with the other innkeepers to make our town more attractive to visitors, and with people throughout the prefecture sharing Nagano with travellers from overseas. I would like to use this blog to introduce Togura-Kamiyamada and Nagano’s other many onsens to the world. Yoroshiku.