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381-0401 Nagano, Yamanouchi, Hirao 2222, Japan – Great location - show map
Located in the center of Shibu hot-spring area, Senshinkan Matsuya offers Japanese-style nonsmoking accommodations in a traditional building. Guests can enjoy the Ryokan's public hot-spring baths or go out to bathe in other hot-spring baths in the area. A free shuttle is available from Yudanaka Train Station, which is a 5-minute drive away.
This hotel was selected as one of the Best Inns in Japan by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2015.
The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A TV, safety deposit box and a fridge are included in each, and some rooms have free Wi-Fi access. Guests can drink from the mini-bar or make green tea using the electric kettle. Bathrooms and toilets are shared.
Traditional multi-course meals featuring local ingredients are served for dinner. A Japanese set menu is offered for breakfast and all meals are served at the dining room.
Photocopying and luggage storage services are available at the front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas. Guests can take a 10-minute free shuttle ride to go to Snow Monkey Park, which only departs at 09:00.
Matsuya Senshinkan is a 25-minute drive from Shiga Kogen Ski Resort and a 15-minute walk from Heiwa Kannon. Kusatu Onsen is 27 mi from the property, a 70-minute drive away.
This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. Learn more
- What's a ryokan?
- A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. They usually feature bathhouses, multicourse dinners, communal spaces where guests can relax, and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats. Like hotels, a range of ryokans (from budget to luxury) is available. What originated centuries ago as a free rest house for long-distance travelers has evolved into a popular destination for relaxation surrounded by therapeutic mineral springs.
- What are the big differences between a ryokan and a hotel?
- Unlike a hotel, where the guest room is just a place to turn in for the night, a ryokan is more than just a place to sleep. In Japan, many travelers journey long distances to relax in a hot spring bath and feast on a traditional multicourse dinner – staying in a ryokan is an experience in and of itself. These ryokans typically have Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw floors and futon beds (no Western beds and carpeting). You should also remove your shoes at the entrance of the room, or before you enter it. Modern ryokans might serve buffet-style meals in a dining area, while more traditional ryokans tend to serve in-room dinners. Some ryokan rooms have a private bathroom, and others might just have a shared bathroom.
- What's a kaiseki meal?
- Kaiseki is the culinary highlight at a ryokan, embodying beautifully presented dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes. Every one of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multicourse Japanese dinner is prepared in a way that highlights the unique textures, colors, and flavors of featured seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Most commonly served at special restaurants and ryokans, a traditional kaiseki dinner usually consists of bite-size appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish, like sushi), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot-pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert.
- What's a yukata?
- A yukata is a casual summer kimono or robe, typically made of light cotton. Many ryokans provide guests with yukata robes during their stay. In some areas, it's common to see guests strolling through the neighborhood in their yukatas. The loose-fitting garment is perfect for sleeping and relaxing in.
- How should I wear a yukata?
- First, put your arms through the sleeves like you would with a robe. Take the right side of the yukata and wrap it across your body. Then, take the left side and wrap it over the right, making sure that the robe is level at your ankles. Pinning the yukata closed on the right side, wrap the sash around your waist a couple of times and then tie a bow. Generally, the bow is tied around the waist for women, and the hips for men.
- What's a Japanese hot spring (onsen)?
- Onsen (literally "hot spring") is a term often used to refer to both the mineral-rich hot springs and the bathing facilities that house them. Whether the bath is public or private, gender-segregated or mixed, indoor or outdoor, soaking and unwinding in the soothing geothermal waters at an onsen is a millennia-old custom deeply embedded in Japanese culture.
- What's standard bathing etiquette?
- At a bathhouse—onsen or not—guests are expected to remove all clothing in their respective changing rooms before entering the bathing area. As a common courtesy, once inside the bathing area, guests should wash and rinse their bodies thoroughly before quietly stepping into the hot water. Whether you relax in solitude or converse softly with others is up to you, but guests should always be mindful of others. Wash towels are often used to cover one’s private areas while walking around. However, note that you should not put towels in the water.
- Why are tattoos not allowed?
- While tattoos have become more popular among Japan's youth, many Japanese people still associate them with outlaws and organized crime. Nowadays, not all businesses ban customers with tattoos, but you might still be refused admission to bathhouses and swimming pools. Small tattoos can be covered up using waterproof bandaids, but keep in mind that each property has the final say on what’s acceptable.
Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.2 for a two-person trip.
- What time are the communal baths available?There are 9 public bathhouse in my town. Open time is from 6a.m to 10p.m. You can take public bathhouse from check-in to check-out. Guests can use pub..Answered on 14 September 2019
- Does your 'Japanese-Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom' sleep 2 or 3 people? It is described to sleep 2 people, but there are 3 futon beds.Two people can stay in a double room. Please use the quadruple room for 3 people.Answered on 12 October 2019
- Hello, is it possible to stay in your quadruple room with 5 people, since it says that the room has 5 futons? Thank you.I can have 5 futons in one room. But you will feel very narrow.Answered on 9 December 2019
- Irezumi wa kyoka sa rete imasu ka?I don't care about tattoos. But other customers don't know if they care about tattoos.Answered on 12 October 2019
- Do you cater for any allergy or food preferences?My hotel does not respond to allergies or food preferences.Answered on 14 September 2019
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3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.
Children & Beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Children 6 and above are considered adults at this property.
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Crib and extra bed policies
Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.
No age restriction
There's no age requirement for check-in
When booking more than 3 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
This property only accepts cash payments.
Smoking is not allowed.
Guests need be quiet between 3:00 PM and 10:00 AM.
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
You must check in by 18:00 to eat dinner at the property. Guests who check in after this time may not be served dinner, and no refund will be given.
To use the hotel's free shuttle, call upon arrival at Yudanaka Train Station. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.
The free shuttle is available between 14:30 and 17:30.
Guests cannot check in outside the check-in hours. Luggage storage is available before the check-in hours.
Guests can request for rooms with free Wi-Fi access; rooms are subject to availability.
Please note that child rates are applicable to children 5 years and younger. Please contact the property for more details.
Guests with tattoos may not be permitted to use the property’s public bathing areas or other facilities where the tattoos might be visible to other guests.
Please inform Senshinkan Matsuya of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.
Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
FAQs about Senshinkan Matsuya
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Senshinkan Matsuya offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):
- Public Bath
- Hot spring bath
Room options at Senshinkan Matsuya include:
Check-in at Senshinkan Matsuya is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.
Guests staying at Senshinkan Matsuya can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.5).
Breakfast option(s) include:
Senshinkan Matsuya is 4.3 miles from the center of Yamanouchi.