Kamesei ryokan open air bath made by Tyler and big wooden turtle
Last week I was passing Kamiyamada Onsen and decided to take bath in Kamesei ryokan.
I had 2 reasons:
– it’s only one ryokan in Nagano which runs foreigner (Tyler, born in Seattle) together
with his wife and her mother
– it’s only one ryokan in Nagano with open air bath made by foreigner (Tyler)
After soaking and special feeling in Tayler’s open air bath, relaxing on old massage chair I noticed interesting things and decided to stay over night.
Not just because warm hospitality of the staff, beautiful old Japanese building with many gardens, Onsen with great smell, beautiful room with new tatami mats, very foreigner welcoming atmosphere, Seattle cookie in the room and very reasonable rates,
but also because I like that Tayler:
– keep the old Japanese beauty of ryokan
– brings a bit of western “smell”
– try to promote local art in the ryokan
– does a LOT not just for Kamesei ryokan abut also Kamiyamada Onsen and whole Nagano prefecture.
local art in guest rooms Signs in front of Kamesei ryokan
“Kame” means “turtle” so you can find signs of turtle in many ways and many places around the ryokan