HOTEL CYPRESS KARUIZAWA

December 2nd, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Events, Experience, Information, Onsens (Hot Springs), Report, Sightseeing
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Standard Twin room (30 square meters). All the guest rooms of HOTEL CYPRESS KARUIZAWA are spacious.
 
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Open bath attached to Special Roten Room. You can enjoy a relaxing bath time privately.

HOTEL CYPRESS KARUIZAWA is within a 15-minute walk of Karuizawa Station.  There is no doubt that the convenient location is an advantage, but the hotel’s attractions do not end there. 

The hotel is in the center of Karuizawa, yet it faces a quiet street.  The neighborhood has a lot of greenery, so you can enjoy your holiday surrounded by the refreshing environment.  When you arrive at the hotel and enter your room, you will be pleasantly surprised at its spaciousness.  Even the smallest room has the area of 30 square meters, and the majority of the rooms have the area of 50 or more square meters. 

Another fascination is bath.  There is a large public bath with radium spring water, which is good for your health.  Furthermore, some of the rooms have a private open-air bath attached to the room (the right photo above).  Those baths will surely relax your body and mind.

Cuisine would also be satisfactory.  For dinner, you can choose from French food and Japanese food.  You would enjoy a lot of fresh local ingredients with good wine.  For Japanese food, they offer such food as shabushabu (thinly-sliced beef cooked in a pan on the table), teppan-yaki (hot plate cooking) and hot pot.

I hope you will have a wonderful stay at HOTEL CYPRESS KARUIZAWA.

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Teppan-Yaki (cooked on a hot plate) premium beef is served at the hotel’s Japanese restaurant “Bien”.  
 
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A romantic night view of the courtyard reminiscent of a forest in Karuizawa.
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This large public bath is open exclusively to hotel guests.

 

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An example of French multi-course dinner.

 

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The hotel's entrance. You can walk from Karuizawa Station.

Name of the facility HOTEL CYPRESS KARUIZAWA
Description of business Accommodation (capacity: 355 guests) with tea and bar lounge, French restaurant, Teppan-Yaki restaurant, wedding chapel, spa salon, banquet rooms and public and private baths.  
Address 287-1, Karuizawa-higashi, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0104
TEL / FAX
  • TEL: 0267-42-0011 (Japan country code: 81)
  • FAX: 0267-42-0989 (Japan country code: 81)
E-mail info.karuizawa@urhm-inc.jp
URL http://www.cypresshotels.co.jp/karuizawa/index.html
Access 15 minutes on foot from Karuizawa Station. Go out of North Exit of Karuizawa Station and walk 700 meters toward the direction of Naka-Karuizawa. Map is here: http://www.cypresshotels.co.jp/karuizawa/access/index.html
Operating dates and hours Contact for winter closure (about 10 days). The restaurants are from 18:00 to 22:00 (last orders at 20:30, reservation needed). The lounge is from 10:00 to 22:00 (23:00 on days before holidays).
Prices Minimum rate for a twin room is JPY15,000 per person with dinner and breakfast. Prices are changeable depending on the season, so please contact the hotel.
How to contact Email or contact form below. http://www.cypresshotels.co.jp/karuizawa/contact/index.html
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

Cottage Inn Log-cabin and Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI in Karuizawa

September 30th, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Information, Miscellaneous, Report
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Barbecue (Yakiniku) dinner with prime quality beef.
 
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Shabushabu dinner with prime quality beef. You boil beef and vegetables and eat them with special sauce.

Are you interested in staying at a cottage-type room, rather than a normal hotel room, and having delicious barbecue dinner in Karuizawa? If yes, I recommend you to stay at “Cottage Inn Log-cabin” (accommodation), which has “Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI” (restaurant) on the same site.

An only 5-minute walk from Naka-Karuizawa Station takes you to Cottage Inn Log-cabin and Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI surrounded by the nature.  All of the guestrooms are wooden cottages with bath and toilet, so you can fully enjoy your private time. As they have different types of cottages, anyone can enjoy a comfortable stay, from couples, friends, families to a large group of 20.

One of the great advantages to stay at this inn is that you can enjoy delicious barbecue and other dishes in the restaurant on the same venue. The restaurant LOG-TEI is known for providing high-quality meat dishes, such as Barbecue (in Japanese “Yakiniku”, grilled meat and vegetables cooked at a table) and Shabushabu (a hot-pot with thinly-sliced meat and vegetables boiled at a table). The restaurant is open to the public, so those who don’t stay at this hotel are also welcomed.

I hope you will enjoy a special resort holiday here!

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Appearance of “Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI”.
 
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All the rooms of “Cottage Inn Log-cabin” are cottages made of natural logs.
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"Family Cottage" with a loft for 3 or 4 guests.

 

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"Romance Cottage" for 2 guests.

 

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If you want to enjoy a large bathroom, "Family Bath" is available on site.

Name of the facility Cottage Inn Log-cabin (accommodation) / Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI (restaurant)
Description of business Accommodation (capacity: 50 guests), restaurant
Address 3148-1, Naka-Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111
TEL / FAX
  • TEL: 0267-45-6007 (Japan country code: 81)
  • FAX: 0267-45-0365 (Japan country code: 81)
E-mail karuizawa@log-cabin.co.jp
URL http://www.log-cabin.co.jp/ (Click “English”)
Access
  • From Naka-Karuizawa Station (Shinano Railway): 5 minutes on foot
  • From Karuizawa Station (JR Nagano Shinkansen): 7 minutes by taxi  *Free pickup is also available, so please contact.
Operating dates and hours
  • Cottage Inn Log-cabin: open every day
  • Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI: Closed on Wednesday except for summer (Open every day in summer), 11:00-14:00 for lunch, 17:00-21:00 for dinner
Prices
  • Cottage Inn Log-cabin (room rate per person for a group of 2 guests): JPY6,000 without meals on weekday, JPY6,500 without meals on weekend, JPY8,500 with dinner and breakfast on weekday, JPY9,000 with dinner and breakfast on weekend
  • Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI: Barbecue dinner with prime beef at JPY6,090 (price for 2 guests), and much more menus
How to contact http://www.log-cabin.co.jp/reserve.html for on-line reservation (in Japanese). You can also make inquiries by “contact us” form on the English website or by e-mail above.
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

B&B August 7th (Karuizawa)

August 17th, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Experience, Information, Miscellaneous, Outdoor Activities, Report, Sightseeing
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Beautiful outlook of “B&B August 7th” in the evening.
 
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The original barbecue consists of delicious pork spareribs, beef, chicken and seafood in different tasty sauces. (Dinner is optional)

Are you looking for a nice B&B in Karuizawa?  Then I’d like to introduce “B&B August 7th” located in the southern part of Karuizawa.  If you look at the left photo above showing the outlook, you will see the building has a French palace atmosphere.  The B&B’s name “August 7th” was given because it is the opening date of the B&B as well as the birthday of the owner.

The B&B welcomes tourists from overseas and has accepted many including those from the USA, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  According to the owner, the inn is also loved by TV personalities, lawyers, golf competition sponsors and famous professional golf players.

You can also enjoy your stay in various ways there.  For example, you can rent barbecue equipment and enjoy barbecue with food and drinks you bring.  Or you can use the inn as a base of tennis camp.  Or you can hold a private party inviting around 10 to 40 guests.  They also welcome tourists traveling alone.  Long stayers are welcome, too.

Why not stay in B&B August 7th when you come to Karuizawa?

  

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Breakfast. This is a photo of the hotel’s original French toast topped with season’s fruit, yogurt, blueberry sauce, and so on.
 
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This double room called “Violet” is equipped with 16c French antique bed frame with a canopy and a chandelier.
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Dining room with classic tableware.

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Stylish family bathroom surrounded by the glass.

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Japanese room in the old Karuizawa summer house style.

Name of the facility B&B August 7th
Description of business Accommodation (capacity: 45 guests, Japanese-style rooms, Western-style rooms), rental barbecue equipment
Tel 0267-41-4606 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-41-4555 (Japan country code: 81)
Email t.mitsuko@pnetclub.net
URL
http://www.bbaugust7.com/ (Click “English)
Address 13-19, Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111, Japan
How to contact Fax, email, online reservation (website) or telephone.
Access
  • 4 minutes by taxi from Karuizawa Station.  Take Prince Dori Street, along which Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza stands.  Turn left at the second signal called Narisawa and take the first left into a narrow graveled path.  The B&B is the second on the left.
  • 24 minutes on foot from Karuizawa Station.  Take Prince Dori Street and turn left into a graveled path 3 houses before the signal called Narisawa. The B&B is on the right on the path.
Operating hours Check-in: 16:00, Check-out: 10:00
Notice
Rates and other prices JPY6,000 without meals to JPY18,500 with breakfast per person including air-conditioning
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

* This article is written based on the information given by the facility and the writer is not liable for the information.

Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa

April 13th, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Report
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The appearance of “Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa” surrounded by greenery.
 
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The guestroom “Carmen” is charming with the interior in rose patterns, accommodating up to 5 guests. 

// Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa is operating as usual without any influence of the March 11th earthquake and radiation as of April 13, 2011. Please feel safe to come. //

Today I would like to introduce “Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa”.  As the name suggests, the hotel’s concept is music.  The hotel owner is a great fan of music and his wife, who majored in vocal music at a music university, loves singing.  

When you are in the hotel, you can feel music everywhere.  There is a piano in the dining room, where a small concert is sometimes held.  The hotel keys are attached to wooden key holders in the forms of musical instruments.  There is a large collection of classical music CDs.  Above all, all the guestrooms are named after heroines of opera: Elizabeth (from “Tannhauser”), Tosca (from “Tosca”), Pamina (from “The Magic Flute”), Aida (from “Aida”), Rosina (from “The Barber of Seville”), Carmen (from “Carmen”), and Rosalinde (from “The Bat”).  Each room has a different interior reflecting the image of the opera heroine.

The hotel is, of course, fascinating not only for music lovers but also for anyone who wishes to have a comfortable stay.  The hotel’s location, the northwestern part of Karuizawa, is tranquil and abundant in greenery.  One of the attractions of the hotel is their refreshing open-air bath from which you can enjoy a view of the beautiful national forest.  Since it is a family-bath style, meaning that the bath is used by each guest group in turn, you can have a relaxing bath time privately.  All the guestrooms except for one are also equipped with a private bathroom.  As for dinner, you can choose French multi-course dinner or cheese fondu multi-course dinner, which are prepared by the owner’s wife.  Both the dinners are great.  Breakfast is also voluminous and freshly baked bread is quite popular among guests.

So, in short, I can recommend Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa to everyone!   You can find more photos on their website shown below.  I’m sure you will have a refreshing and memorable stay there.   

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Champagne “OPERA” with the Paris Opera House mark can be ordered.
 
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Beautiful and delicious French multi-course dinner.  You can also choose cheese fondu dinner.
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Refreshing open-air bath with a view of national forest.

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Hearty breakfast. Freshly baked original bread is popular among guests.

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Hotel owner and his wife in front of the entrance. They give you a warm welcome.

Name of the facility Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa
Description of business Accommodation
Tel 0267-44-3133 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-44-3122 (Japan country code: 81)
Email opera@sas.janis.or.jp
URL
Address 5664-3, Ohinata, Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111, Japan
Reservations and inquiries  [Inquiry and Reservation Procedure]

  1. Please email an “inquiry message” to opera@sas.janis.or.jp with following information. (1) Name, (2) Address, nationality, phone number and email address, (3) Check-in and check-out dates, (4) Number of guests (basically children aged 10 or younger cannot stay. Please contact), (5) Room type you hope to stay (number of beds, double or twin, etc.), (6) Whether you will have dinner and breakfast, (7) Contact details of the previous night’s stay (location, hotel name, etc.)  (8) Question if you have.
  2. The hotel will email an “inquiry reply message” in English within 24 hours. (If you don’t receive it within 24 hours, your inquiry message might not have safely arrived. In that case, please email your inquiry message again, or fax or call.)
  3. If you agree to the inquiry reply message (above 2), please email a “formal reservation message”.
  4. The hotel will email a “formal reservation confirmation message”.
  5. Please print out the formal reservation confirmation message (above 4) and show it to the hotel when you check in.
Access
  • If you come by train, 15 minutes by taxi from Karuizawa Station (JR Nagano Shinkansen or Shinano Tetsudo) or 5 minutes by taxi from Shinano Oiwake Station (Shinano Tetsudo, 10 minutes from Karuizawa). The hotel can pick you up at Shinano Oiwake Station except during busy seasons. If you need pickup service, please contact the hotel for availability.
  • If you come by car, you can use Usui Karuizawa I.C., Komoro I.C., Saku I.C., Tobu Yunomaru I.C., or Matsuida Myogi I.C.
Operating hours Check-in is at 15:00 and check-out is at 10:00.
Room type and capacity Western-style guestrooms. The hotel can accommodate up to 20 guests.
Rates and other prices JPY10,800 or more per person with dinner and breakfast and JPY6,000 or more per person without meals, both for rooms of 2 to 5 guests. Price is changeable depending on the day and the season.
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

Hotel Generous Karuizawa

April 2nd, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Events, Report
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The appearance of Hotel Generous Karuizawa in the evening.
 
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Entrance and lobby.  In winter the wood stove will warm you.

// Hotel Generous Karuizawa is operating as usual without any influence of the March 11th earthquake and radiation as of April 2, 2011.  Please feel safe to come. //

I often go cycling in the southern part of Karuizawa, not only for holding guided bike tours but also for my own refreshment.  South Karuizawa boasts beautiful, open and tranquil scenery with rich nature.  When I go to South Karuizawa by bike, I often pass by beautiful buildings surrounded by green lawn and have been curious about them for long.  This time, finally, I visited there, “Hotel Generous Karuizawa”.  So let me introduce it to you.

First of all, Hotel Generous Karuizawa stands in a specious ground as the above photo.  The European-style buildings and guestrooms are elegant and classic.   Each of the ten guestrooms has its own design, so you can choose the room of your taste by looking at the photo gallery of the hotel’s website.   You will have dinner and breakfast at the restaurant called “Artigny”.  The restaurant serves authentic French multi-course dinner and Western-style breakfast using seasonally fresh local ingredients (they even have their own farm!).  In warm seasons, you can enjoy breakfast at the terrace with a great view of the extensive lovely garden.

Hotel Generous Karuizawa is also known for wedding.  They have their own chapel on their premise where you can have a wedding ceremony.  They have four different types of banquet rooms, Andrews, Angella, Artigny and Anny, where you can hold a wedding banquet.  You can choose the room depending on your taste and group size, from a very small group to a large group of 120 guests.

If you like to have a relaxing mountain resort holiday, why not staying at Hotel Generous Karuizawa?  I’m sure you will have a special time there.

 

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Suite double room on the second floor.
 
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Suite twin room (Barrier free).
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Restaurant Artigny. Dinner and breakfast are served.

 

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French dinner with fresh and seasonal local ingredients.

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Breakfast at the refreshing terrace facing a beautiful garden.

Name of the facility Hotel Generous Karuizawa
Description of business Accommodation and wedding
Tel 0267-48-1105 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-48-2825 (Japan country code: 81)
Email contact@generous.jp
URL
Address 566, Hocchi, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0113, Japan
Reservations and inquiries Online reservation (on hotel homepage), Email, Fax or Tel (Telephone is available from 10:00 to 19:00) 
Access
10 minutes by bus from Karuizawa Station or 10 minutes by car from Karuizawa IC.  (Map is on hotel homepage)
Operating dates and hours Open every day of the year (sometimes closed on Tuesday in winter) 
No. of guestrooms 10 Western-style rooms (can accommodate 20 guests)
Rates and other prices JPY10,000 or more per person with breakfast (if standard double room)
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

1166 Reasons to Stay in Nagano

February 19th, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations

With the Nagano Shinkansen bullet train being so fast and convenient, it may be tempting to come to Nagano just for a daytrip.  However, three months ago a guesthouse opened in Nagano City near Zenkoji Temple: 1166 Backpackers. Now visitors to Nagano and the area have an inexpensive option to stay the night and enjoy the city at a more leisurely pace.

With Iimuro-san, the friendly proprietress of 1166 Backpackers

With Iimuro-san, the friendly proprietress of 1166 Backpackers

Yesterday I paid a visit and met the owner, Iimuro-san.  1166 Backpackers is Nagano City’s first guesthouse. It is conveniently located near Zenkoji’s Daimon gate. Prices are very reasonable, starting at 2,600 yen for a dormitory bed. Half of their guests are from overseas.

Iimuro-san herself has travelled extensively overseas and thus shares an appreciation for travel with her guests. The facilities are rather simple, but after getting a tour of the rooms the greatest impression I was left with was Iimuro-san’s enthusiasm.

In fact, some of the guests enjoy staying at 1166 so much they stay multiple nights and make day trips in to Tokyo for shopping. With the Nagano Shinkansen making the trip in just 1 hour 40 minutes, that is certainly doable.

When you think about it, it’s surprising that before 1166 there were no guesthouses in Nagano City. Thank you, Iimuro-san, for your contribution.

Click here for 1166’s website.

Nakadanasou – Japanese-style Inn in Komoro –

January 31st, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Information, Onsens (Hot Springs)
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“Hatsukoi Ringo Buro” (Hatsukoi Apple Bath).  Apples are floated on hot spring water.
 
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Outlook of “Heiseikan” accommodation building. 

“Nakadanasou” is a Japanese-style hot spring inn in Komoro city founded in 1898.  This 113-year-old traditional inn is especially renowned for its association with Shimazaki Toson (1872-1943), a prominent Japanese author and poet.   Toson loved to stay here and enjoyed its hot springs which contain healing power.  Nakadanasou even appears in Toson’s famous poem called “Chikumagawa Ryojou No Uta”.  

The main buildings of Nakadanasou are “Taishokan” (accommodation where Toson stayed and wrote the above poem), “Heiseikan” (new accommodation), and “Harikoshitei” (Japanese restaurant).  While the whole site is filled with a classic and tranquil atmosphere, its modern and convenient amenities ensure your comfortable stay at the same time.

I had lunch at the restaurant Harikoshitei.   The building of Harikoshitei, designated as important cultural property, is a large old house in the Edo period.  When I visited there, many dolls were beautifully displayed for the coming Girl’s Festival on March 3rd.   It is a Japanese custom to exhibit special dolls called “hina dolls” to celebrate the festival.  The restaurant serves Japanese country-style food using fresh local ingredients.  I had a set lunch called “Hatsukoi Gozen”.  Many small plates, such as tempura, fish and simmered vegetables, were served in a beautiful basket.  Furthermore, sashimi (raw fish), chawanmushi (steamed egg custard in a cup), soba noodles and a Japanese-style dessert were served.  I truly enjoyed the tasty and beautiful meal while looking at the pretty dolls. 

I also experienced its famous “Hatsukoi Ringo Buro”, which literally means “first love apple bath”.  The word “hatsukoi” was named after Toson’s poem in which apples appear.  From October to May, apples are floated on the hot spring water.  The sweet smell of apples really relaxed both my mind and body.  The hot spring bath is available throughout the year (from June to September with no apples), to both overnight guests and day visitors.  Please contact the inn to confirm the opening hours for day visitors.   

Finally, let me add that the inn is conveniently located for sightseeing.  Komoro station and Kaikoen Park are just 15 minutes’ walk.  Karuizawa, a popular mountain resort good for shopping, skiing and other leisure activities, is 20 minutes’ train ride.  “Asama 2000”, a ski resort at the altitude of 2,000 meters with natural powder snow, is 30 minutes’ drive by car. 

Why not experience traditional culture and cuisine in Nanadansou? 

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A large guest room that has Japanese rooms and a Western room with a great garden view. 
 
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The restaurant “Harikoshitei”, designated as important cultural property, was decorated with pretty hina dolls for the Girl’s Festival. 
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In front of Nakadanasou. Landlady in traditional kimono will give you a warm welcome.

 

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Set lunch "Hatsukoi Gozen" at "Harikoshitei" restaurant. Soba and dessert are also served.

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"Taishokan" accommodation building can be seen behind trees and flowers in the inner garden.

 

Name of the facility Nakadanasou
Description of business accommodation (capacity of 70 guests), restaurant, public hot spring bath  
Tel 0267-22-1511 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-22-9191 (Japan country code: 81)
Email nakadana@komoro.co.jp
URL http://www.nakadanasou.com (Click “ENGLISH WEBSITE”)
Address Kojou Nakadana, Komoro, Nagano, 384-8558, Japan
Reservations and inquiries Please contact by email or use the inquiry form on website.
Access
  • If you get off Nagano Shinkansen at “Sakudaira” station, change to JR Koumi Line and get off at “Komoro” station (last stop).
  • If you get off Nagano Shinkansen at “Karuizawa” station, change to Shinano Tetsudo (Shinano Railway) and get off at “Komoro” station.
  • Nakadanasou can be reached from Komoro station either by taxi (5 minutes) or on foot (15 minutes).
  • You can find a map on website.
Operating dates and hours
  • Nakadanasou (accommodation part) is open every day of the year. 
  • Harikoshitei (restaurant) is open daily from 11:30 to 14:00 except Wednesday. Reservation needed for dinner from 17:00 to 21:00.
Room rates and other prices
  • Minimum room rate is JPY11,000 per person per night including dinner and breakfast.  Room rates are changeable depending on the season, so please contact the inn.
  • A variety of souvenirs are available at the shop, including “nigorizake” (unrefined sake) at JPY1,680, “Harikoshi manju” (original Japanese-style buns with red bean paste filling) at JPY450, “umeshu” (plum liquor) at JPY1,100, and original wine at JPY2,800.

Karuizawa Mampei Hotel – Classic and Luxury –

December 31st, 2010 by
Category: Accomodations, Report, Sightseeing
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Front view of Mampei Hotel in winter.  The hotel and Karuizawa are also beautiful in spring, summer and autumn.
 
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Classic guest room in Main Building Alps constructed in 1936.  Mr. John Lennon was one of the fans of this hotel. 

“Mampei Hotel” in Karuizawa is one of Japan’s representative classic resort hotels with long history and tradition in the quiet greenery setting.  It started operation in 1894 as a western-style hotel, but its predecessor, a Japanese-style inn, dates back to 1764.  What is good about this hotel is that while it has atmosphere of good old days, we can enjoy a comfortable stay with functional amenities and friendly customer service at the same time.

Mampei Hotel has been loved by many prominent guests domestically and internationally.  Mr. John Lennon spent four summers from 1976 to 1979 in this hotel.   John seemed to enjoy his relaxing holidays with his Japanese wife and loving son in Karuizawa.  In 1972 the then Prime Minister Tanaka and the then U.S. Presidential Assistant Kissinger had a meeting in Sakurano-ma Room of this hotel.  From 1945 to 1952, the post-war period, Mampei Hotel was seized by the U.S. eighth Army and accommodated American officers.  In accordance with its tradition to welcome foreign guests, some of the staff still now receive English lauguage and culture training to improve their skills.

It has several types of guest rooms and independent cottages, so you can choose a room of your taste.  If you plan to come to Karuizawa for a one-day trip, you can still enjoy fine food and drink in the restaurants and the cafe in the hotel.   

The hotel is usually closed from the end of January to the beginning of March, so please check the latest information.  I’m sure you will have a memorable stay every season.

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In the luxurious Main Dining Room, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner.  This room
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Why not enjoy your special night in Japan in the hotel bar with atmosphere? 
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Stained glass shows old-time Karuizawa, which used to have 3 resting stations along Route Nakasendo in Edo era.

 

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Juicy beef hamburger steak with tasty sauce served with vegetables (serving style can be changed).

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Delicious and fresh omelet, toast with hotel's original jam and butter, coffee, etc. in breakfast.

Name of the facility Mampei Hotel
Address 925, Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0102, Japan
Access
  • About 4 minutes (about 2 km) by taxi from “Karuizawa” station of JR Nagano Shinkansen or Shinano Tetsudo (Shinano Railway). 
  • From Tokyo to Karuizawa it takes about 70 minutes by JR Nagano Shinkansen.
Operating dates and hours
  • Open daily except for winter closing period (in case of 2011, closure is from Jan 23 to the noon of Mar 4). 
  • [Restaurants] Main Dining Room (French and western cuisine) / Manzanro (Chinese cuisine) / Cafe Terrace (coffee, snack, cakes) / Yugyoan (Kyoto-style Japanese cuisine.  Seasonally open) / Bar.  Please check the latest opening dates and hours for each.  The restaurants are at least closed during the hotel closing period above.
Room Rates [In case of 2010] JPY 22,200 or more per twin room.  There are several types of value packages that include room rate, dinner, breakfast, etc.  Please check the latest information.
TEL 0267-42-1234 (Japan country code: 81)
FAX 0267-42-7766 (Japan country code: 81)
URL http://mampei.co.jp/ (Top page)www.mampei.co.jp/room_reserve/index_english.html (English)
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.) 

Nothing like Fresh Bread & Fresh Snow….at 2300m!!

November 24th, 2010 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Culture Art, Experience, Onsens (Hot Springs), Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics, Sightseeing
Day started out at Kumanoyu Hotspring by charging up toShibu-ike at 1800m which had half frozen over…
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My mission was to find a snow shoe course for the coming winter…
possibly here?
Big hoof print
and it was late, there was already enough snow for snow shoeing!!
And check out the size of these hoof prints on the way!!
Animal holes
There were no human prints along the way, but a highway for our furry friends –Duckdeer, rabbits, tanukisnow-monkeys & bears
Trail still visible
after a big climb (for me atleast) of 3.5hrs up to Summit of Mt. Yokote,  it was awesome to have the welcoming party below^-^.
Shigakogen-Yokote is Japan’s highest skifield by around 500m, meaning the 2nd Longest Ski season on Earth…I should have known better and taken ski’s…
Yokote bakery
Husky welcome^-^
Husky greeting
Hot cocoa & specially made bread, the warm fire, furry friends and talk about backcountrygetting lostavalanche & rescue inside with Takaso-san made my little adventure something to remember.
yokote bakery dream bread!!
Yokote Summit Hutt Bakery would have to be my favorite place to stay in Japan.
Fire place !!!
Very spectacular picture
With Yokote views like the one above,
and below (which a guest took)…maybe you can understand?  Great place for cultural exchange, photography, amateur radioskiing & snowboarding
Not my pic , but beautiful!!
Very harsh place to live for the Takaso family,
Welcoming party
but unbeatable snow – the silkiest driest powder I’ve ever seen.
This deep on yokote today
Can you understand the feeling?
Yokote feeling

Kamikochi Monitor Tour

September 8th, 2010 by
Category: Accomodations, Events, Experience, Information, Outdoor Activities, Report, Seasonal Topics, Sightseeing

On the weekend of September 4th-5th, a group of Nagano-based ALTs headed up to Kamikochi to check out the sights, access and facilities. Matsumoto City started the Kamikochi Inbound Project this April to meet the needs of growing numbers of international visitors to Kamikochi and the Japan Alps national park. This time round, 14 English speakers had signed up to a 1 night 2 day trip to the mountains which was sponsored by Alpico and the Kamikochi Tourist Association.

 

p9040060p9040067Day 1 – After an early start, everyone met at Matsumoto station to check out the access to the mountains. Amazingly, everybody made it ON TIME for the 8AM start, but the Tourist Information Office was still closed so the ALTs would have to work to find the answers to the Quiz questions which checked out a range of information such as cost of a round-ticket to Kamikochi and number of direct buses per day. Maybe the JETs were still a little sleepy (or hadn’t monitored the Starbucks coffee hard enough to full wake up yet:), but almost half of the Quiz questions were WRONG!!! Still, most people agreed that between the JR Green Window and Tourist Info. Office (when it’s open) there would be plenty of helping hands to point new arrivals in the direction of the Japan Alps. Also, the 2 Day Pass made it easy to get up – and down – without worrying about extra transport expenses.

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After changing from the mountain railway to a bus at Shinshimashima, we continued on up the 158 highway which follows the the Azusa River up the valley to Kamikochi. The blue skies were reflected back in the water of the 3 huge dams we passed before a series of long tunnels finally lead us into the Kamikochi basin itself.  On arriving at Kamikochi, we checked out the Information Centre and Bus Terminal before setting off on a Guided Tour of the Kamikochi basin downstream to Taisho-ike Pond. The local Guide, a member of the Nature Guide Association, explained about Kamikochi’s nature and culture in English and en route, we walked through shady forests, past marshland and along wooden boardwalks. Our guide explained the Kesho Yanagi Willow trees and handed round a pair of binoculars so we could see the smoke rising from the top of Mt. Yakedake – the only active volcano in the Northern Alps.  On the return trip we also met a pair of local Macaque monkeys who were entertaining tourists doing flips from tree to tree!

That night we stayed at some of the  most luxurious hotels found anywhere in Japan, with the 14 volunteers spread out across 7 of the accommodation facilities. All stood up to the test of English Check-In, and more than held their own for comfort and hospitality. Even the weather was doing its best to promote Kamikochi, with amazing starlight skies and the Milky Way seeming to shine down directly on Kappa Bridge.

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Day 2

The next day dawned fine again and after breakfast we crossed the Kappa Bridge again before testing the water of the Shimizu River…a chilly 6 degrees centigrade! Next up was the Visitor Centre which had some amazing photos of the mountain ridges and peaks of the backcountry beyond. Then we set off for Myojin, following the Azusa upstream for an hour through the forest before emerging at Myojin where the smell of freshly fried fish was rising from the Kamonjigoya, 130 years old and home to Kamonji, the first hunter known to have lived at Kamikochi. We also saw the sacred shrine and pond, and – for extra good luck – a large grass snake whose sun bathing was rudely interrupted by 14 pairs of foreign hooves.

All too soon, we had to had head back downstream to the Kappa Bridge, by now buzzing with tourists; we finished the final group discussion and had some lunch before people went their own seperate ways, tired out but refreshed by the Alpen experience and a great weekend in the mountains.

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