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Hotel Platon offers public hot-spring baths and saunas at the famous Togura Kamiyamada hot-spring district. Free wired internet access is provided in each room. Very kindness hotel staff, The old man try to understand my request even he can't speak English
Located in Chikuma, Nagano region, Obasute Guesthouse Nakaraya is set 7 km from Togura Kamiyamada Onsen. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and a shared lounge for guests. Everything. Staff very welcoming. We were well looked after. Would definitely come back and highly recommend. Cosy beds and clean place. Their bar area was very good too. And views are to die for. 10/10
Featuring a Japanese garden and fish pond, Kamesei Ryokan offers Japanese-style accommodation, traditional dining and natural hot spring baths, both outdoors and indoors. The meals (both dinner and breakfast) were exceptional. I often tend to pass a general judgement on a place based on the quality of their breakfasts. Bear in mind, this is a traditional Japanese setting, and the breakfast was, of course, Japanese. It was not only creative (I had at least 10 different dishes), it was also painstakingly prepared by an excellent chef. Since I had also enjoyed their (equally spectacular) dinner the night before, I expected nothing less. And yet it still exceeded expectations.
Set in Chikuma, 600 metres from Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, Yushi Chikumakan offers accommodation with a bar, free private parking and a garden. Nice to have massage chairs at onsen plus little pool table and table tennis tables at resting areas. Dinner was great.
Chukka looks an interesting small town in the mountains, we passed many apricot orchards on the train before we arrived. We did not have time to explore and would have loved to have gone hiking. There are hot foot baths/foot onsens to experience and the town has a network of natural hot water piped though it. We stayed in a old traditional wooden royken which had Onsen baths and welcoming owners.
We liked the easy cycling and mountain views. Travel by train was relatively easy once you got to grips with the local railway routes. Lots of places were accessible but there are very few English speaking travelers here and eating out could be a challenge.
Chikuma is a gorgeous rural town in the mountains of Nagano prefecture that any nature lover would enjoy. If visiting during the warmer months, I really recommend taking a long walk and enjoying the lush greenery.
Togura is a small onsen town within Chikuma. It's close to ski fields and full of wonderful traditional Japanese restaurants. We had a wonderful time walking around the town in the yukakta provided by Kamesei Ryokan (where we stayed). It's a very quaint Japanese town, the locals are very friendly and the restaurants are fantastic! We also visited the Jigokudani snow monkey park during our stay in chikuma (about 1 hour each way).
A wonderful stop for rest and relaxation, especially if you're visiting busier areas around Japan. After time in Tokyo and even Kyoto, a stop in Chikuma, specifically Togura, will completely rejuvenate you. My favorite experience there, aside from staying at Kamesei Ryokan, would have to be the kabuki/variety show at Taishokan. It is magical.