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Shibu Onsen Kokuya
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
Shibu Onsen Kokuya

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9

Exceptional

138 reviews

138 reviews

Food & Dining9
Housekeeping6
Breakfast4
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9.1

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Popular neighborhood
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery 23.0 km
Zenko-ji Temple 23.3 km
Midori Nagano 24.1 km
Sanada Treasure Museum 28.3 km
Matsushiro 28.3 km
Togakushi Shrine Chusha 31.0 km
Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha 33.2 km
Obasute tanada (Terraced rice fields) 39.4 km
Nearby landmarks
Shibu Onsen Information Center 120 m
Engi 210 m
Yudanaka Train Station 1.8 km
Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (The world of Snow Monkey) 2.6 km
Jigokudani Monkey Park 2.6 km
Roadside station Kitashinshu-Yamanouchi 2.6 km
Jigokudani Hot Spring Korakukan 2.7 km
Kamijo 2.8 km
Kanman Falls 3.7 km
Yomase 3.9 km

Shibu Onsen Kokuya

2220 Hirao, Yamanochimachi, Shimotakai-gun, Yudanaka, Nagano, Japan, 381-0401 - See map

This ryokan features free Wi-Fi in all rooms for easy connection, and car park free of charge. Conveniently situated in the Yudanaka part of Nagano, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Zenko-ji Temple. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and hot spring bath on-site.

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Highlights

Sparkling clean

Located in heart of Nagano

Front desk [24-hour]

Excellent room comfort & quality

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Hygiene Plus
Wellness
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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Valet parking

Shuttle service

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Spa

Golf course [on-site]

Bicycles

Luggage storage

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Nagano every 14 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.6
Location rating9.1
Nearest airportMatsumoto Airport (MMJ)
Distance to airport77.9 km

Rooms available at Shibu Onsen Kokuya

Exceptional
Room comfort & quality

9.3

Japanese Style
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 3 futons
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Japanese Style Room A with Open-Air Bath
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 3 futons
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Japanese Style Room B with Open-Air Bath
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  • Room size: 17 m²/183 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 3 futons
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Japanese Style Room C with Open-Air Bath
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 3 futons
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Superior Japanese-Style Room with Open-Air Bath
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  • Balcony/terrace
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 4 futons
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Room
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 4 futons
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 4 futons
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Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 4 futons
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Standard Japanese-style Room with Open-Air Bath
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  • Balcony/terrace
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 4 futons
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Deluxe Japanese-Style Room with Open-Air Bath
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  • Balcony/terrace
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 8 futons
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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to stay at Shibu Onsen Kokuya?

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What time is check-in and check-out at Shibu Onsen Kokuya?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The ryokan offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Shibu Onsen Kokuya?

A stay at Shibu Onsen Kokuya also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the ryokan. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Shibu Onsen Kokuya has a car park that's close to the ryokan. Parking is free for guests. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease.

What are my dining options at Shibu Onsen Kokuya?

To meet any special dietary requirements, kosher diet is prepared with the utmost care and attention.

What is the smoking policy at Shibu Onsen Kokuya?

Shibu Onsen Kokuya does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Shibu Onsen Kokuya?

The closest train, metro, or bus station is Yudanaka Train Station, 1.7 km away from Shibu Onsen Kokuya.

What restaurants are nearby Shibu Onsen Kokuya?

Restaurants including Shinanoji, Motoya and Karan Koron are popular in Shibu Onsen Kokuya’s neighborhood which is known as Yudanaka.

What are popular attractions near Shibu Onsen Kokuya?

Guests at Shibu Onsen Kokuya can easily visit Shibu Onsen Information Center located in the Yudanaka area.

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What people love about Shibu Onsen Kokuya

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Staff were very caring and accommodating."

    Raymond

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    January 13, 2020

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "This is such a magical place."

    Siow

    |

    December 31, 2019

  • 9.2

    Exceptional

    "The stuff was helpful and warm, and breakfast/dinner were both delicious."

    Chung-Pei

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    December 24, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 534 Nagano properties
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Room comfort score
9.3/10
Service score
9.5/10
Cleanliness score
9.3/10
Location score
9.1/10
Better than
98
%
of Nagano properties
Better than
96
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of Nagano properties
Better than
96
%
of Nagano properties
Better than
94
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of Nagano properties
Overall rating:

9.1

Exceptional
132 reviews
Cleanliness
9.3
Facilities
9.3
Location
9.1
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What travelers say they love:
Nice & friendly staff, Overall good!
Loo from Malaysia
Family with older children
More about Shibu Onsen Kokuya

More about Shibu Onsen Kokuya

Shibu Onsen Kokuya

Put yourself into a special and relaxing space in Nagano at the atmospheric Shibu Onsen Kokuya.
Shibu Onsen Kokuya offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to travelers. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. Shuttle services provided by the ryokan make exploring Nagano even more convenient. If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the ryokan's free parking, right on-site.
The ryokan provides front desk services such as luggage storage and safety deposit boxes for guests' convenience. Staying for a long time, or just need clean clothes? At the ryokan, your favorite travel outfits will be kept clean and available with laundry service provided on-site. For lazy days and nights, in-room conveniences like room service and daily housekeeping let you make the most of your room. Please be advised that smoking is not allowed in the ryokan to allow cleaner air for all guests.
Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.
Each guestroom at Shibu Onsen Kokuya is furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Some rooms are equipped with linen service and air conditioning for your convenience. In-room entertainment such as cable TV, is provided for guests in select rooms. The ryokan also offers a refrigerator and instant tea in some rooms for when you feel like it is needed.
Knowing that bathroom amenities play an important role in increasing guests' satisfaction, the ryokan provides a hair dryer, toiletries and towels in some select rooms.


Dining and things to do

If you don't feel like going out to eat, you can always opt for the delicious dining options at the ryokan. Regardless of any dietary restrictions you may have, you'll eat well at Shibu Onsen Kokuya which has a selection of kosher options. A night in at the ryokan's karaoke rooms and bar can be as fun as a night out with your travel companions. Shibu Onsen Kokuya has vending machines for 24-hour available light snacks and drinks.
Shibu Onsen Kokuya offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities. Maximize your winter fun with a daily trip to the powdery white slopes with ski slopes. Finish your vacation days right by dropping in at the massage, spa and sauna. Get wet in the best way on sunny days by joining water-world activities like fishing.
Have fun without traveling far, by taking advantage of the ping-pong table, tennis court and golf course on site at Shibu Onsen Kokuya. Pick up something memorable for yourself or those waiting for you back at home, at the shops and souvenir shops.


Reasons to stay here

Guests who stayed here rated the facilities above 98% of other accommodations in the city.
Know you'll get excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining above 98% of the city's accommodation.
It's hard to beat the room comfort here, which is rated higher than 97% of other accommodations in Nagano.

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Amenities and facilities
Exceptional
Facilities

9.3

Most talked about facilities

Food & Dining

12 mentions

Housekeeping

4 mentions

Breakfast

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Thai

Outdoor

  • Bicycles

Internet access

  • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Fishing
  • Golf course [on-site]
  • Karaoke
  • Massage
  • On-site entertainment
  • Sauna
  • Skiing
  • Spa
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Body thermometer
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant [kosher]
  • Restaurants
  • Room service
  • Vending machine

Swimming & soaking

  • Hot spring bath

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Daily cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Heating in public area
  • Laundromat
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room
  • Kids meal

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Shuttle service
  • Valet parking

Available in all rooms

  • A/C
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Slippers
  • Towels
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • American
  • Asian
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Kosher
Location
2220 Hirao, Yamanochimachi, Shimotakai-gun, Yudanaka, Nagano, Japan, 381-0401
Exceptional
Location

9.1

Airports

  • Matsumoto Airport (MMJ)
    77.9 km
  • Toyama Airport (TOY)
    111.4 km

Public transportation

  • Yudanaka Train Station
    1.8 km
  • Kamijo
    2.8 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Hokushin General Hospital
    6.1 km

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    300 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery
    23.0 km
  • Zenko-ji Temple
    23.3 km
  • Midori Nagano
    24.1 km
  • Sanada Treasure Museum
    28.3 km
  • Matsushiro
    28.3 km
  • Togakushi Shrine Chusha
    31.0 km
  • Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha
    33.2 km
  • Obasute tanada (Terraced rice fields)
    39.4 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Shibu Onsen Information Center
    120 m
  • Engi
    210 m
  • Yudanaka Train Station
    1.8 km
  • Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (The world of Snow Monkey)
    2.6 km
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
    2.6 km
  • Roadside station Kitashinshu-Yamanouchi
    2.6 km
  • Jigokudani Hot Spring Korakukan
    2.7 km
  • Kamijo
    2.8 km
  • Kanman Falls
    3.7 km
  • Yomase
    3.9 km
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-2 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 3 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from15:00
  • Check-out until10:00
  • Reception open until22:00

The property

  • Number of floors3
  • Number of rooms 20
  • Room voltage100
  • Most recent renovation2008

Reviews of Shibu Onsen Kokuya from real guests

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9.1
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Exceptional
Cleanliness9.3
Facilities9.3
Location9.1
Room comfort and quality9.3
Service9.5
Value for money8.6
High score for Nagano
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9+ Exceptional (62)
8-9 Excellent (11)
7-8 Very Good (8)
6-7 Good (0)
<6 Below Expectation (3)
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10.0
Exceptional
Andrew from United Kingdom
Couple
Japanese Style Room B with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Wonderful experience ”

From the moment we arrived the Ryokan staff were wonderful. They were kind and attentive throughout and really went the extra mile to ensure our stay was a memorable one. The private onsen was absolutely fantastic and highly recommended. The food was absolutely delicious and Shibu Onsen by night is breathtakingly beautiful. At the end of our stay the staff took us back to Yudanaka station and the overall experience at Shibu Onsen Kokuya was one we will always remember with great fondness.

Reviewed October 24, 2019

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Good day to you. We really appreciate your message. Please visit us again. Kind regards Sho

Responded November 22, 2019
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
9.6
Exceptional
Nealson from United States
Couple
Japanese Style
Stayed 1 night in April 2017

great stay”

We enjoyed our stay at Kokuya. The guy (he was handsome and I told him he looked like a movie actor) who showed us to the room and explained the facilities of the ryokan did a great job. He and his assistant also handled our dinner and breakfast, explaining the various dishes. The food was fabulous. My wife and I have stayed at various ryokan, and I enjoyed the food here the most. For the first time, I could really see and appreciate the presentation aspects of each dish as a work of art. As like most ryokan, Kokoya is not modern, so some westerners might have some quibble with some aspect of the room layout (particularly the entrance to the bathroom--if not careful, you could lose your step when you open the door) or the stairs. When we checked out, the okamisama gave us onigiri to eat on our journey to Nagano. They were delicious. Kokuya also picked us up and dropped us off at Yudanaka station. Thank you, Kokuya, for a great stay.

Reviewed April 24, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Stephanie from Australia
Couple
Japanese Style
Stayed 2 nights in September 2017

Exceptional”

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Kokuya ryokan onsen. Aftering arriveing at Yudanaka, we were met by a friendly staff member to catch the free shuttle bus service directly to the door of the hotel (pre arranged the day before by calling the hotel). Check-in is at 3pm, not before. On check-in we had an orenitation of the hotel and given the protocols of bathing and the use of the hot baths. At this onsen, there are two "mixed" baths i.e. suitable for couples, where as the 9 public baths in town are strictly gender specific. Our room was expectionally clean and of traditional style. We found the futon bed exceptionally comfortable. Each room was air-conditioned. The tap water was safe to drink. The staff spoke some English and we had no problems communicating. The ryokan is located is a 10 minute bus shuttle to the snow monkeys (free service from the hotel). Breakfast (Japanese or western style) and dinner (11 course) was included in the room fee that was amazing. We highly recommend this Ryokan/Onsen for people who are looking at experiencing authentic traditional Japanese accomodation and hospitality. It is just brilliant!

Reviewed October 08, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Brian from United States
Couple
Japanese Style
Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

Fantastic stay”

Wonderful stay at this ryokan. Upon arrival at the train station, a volunteer called the hotel to summon a shuttle. Daisy was our wonderful personal English speaking assistant who was with us from arrival to departure . Great food with 8 different baths/onsen in the hotel. Staying in town granted us access to the 9 public baths( think more rustic than spa). The hotel also offered a shuttle to the snow monkey park. We would highly recommend a stay with Shibu onsen kokuya and visiting this area on Japan!

Reviewed June 09, 2019

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Good day to you to you. Thank you so much for staying with us. we are so grateful to hear so. Please visit us again soon. Kind regards Sho

Responded July 18, 2019
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
10.0
Exceptional
Elizabeth from Indonesia
Couple
Japanese Style Room C with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 1 night in January 2018

Absolutely fantastic - don't miss staying here.”

We just loved Kokuya. The service was outstanding, the experience was great fun and truly memorable and the location to the monkeys is perfect. The only problem was we only had one night there and we didn't have time to experience all the local Onsens. We had our own Onsen attached to our room (highly recommend it) however the small street of Shibu Onsen is full of character and you can just imagine it 100's of years ago. Whilst its touristy it is not at all tacky or disneyfied in any way. In the evening the street is so atmospheric. We even got to see the lunar eclipse from our Onsen on a Cleary starry night. Heaven.

Reviewed February 05, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Michelle
Couple
Japanese Style
Stayed 1 night in May 2019

Well worth the price”

Safe yourself the googling and go for this ryokan in Shibu-Onsen. I chose this over some cheaper options because we had a private toilet in the room and they provided breakfast, dinner and transport from the station for check-in. The stay itself was outstanding. We had a lovely host who spoke in perfect English and explained everything to us. The room itself was spacious and the tatami mats were soft. They made up our mattress beds whilst we had dinner and we slept wonderfully after our hot spring experience. We opted for a room without a private hot spring bath in it as we opted to do the 9 hot spring challenge where you visit all 9 hot spring baths within Shibu-Onsen village. We got all 9 stamps on our collectable souvenir cloths and were pretty tuckered out come dinner time. And boy was dinner a treat! Served in the traditional Kaiseki style, we had 10 separate small dishes to enjoy as part of the menu and they left us comfortably full. Don't hesitate, just go for it!

Reviewed July 12, 2019

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Good day to you. Thank you so much for staying with us and giving comments not only trip adviser also here. Please visit us again. Kind regards Sho

Responded July 18, 2019
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
10.0
Exceptional
Raymond from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Superior Japanese-Style Room with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 3 nights in January 2020

Caring and attentive staff”

Staff were very caring and accommodating. My daughter has soy allergy and staff were very helpful in providing non soy meals for her breakfast and dinner. We had a fantastic time at Shibu Onsen Kokuya. We highly recommended them. Thank you for making our stay so special.

Reviewed January 13, 2020

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9.6
Exceptional
Ceanda from Australia
Couple
Japanese Style
Stayed 1 night in December 2017

Exceptional”

Kokuya was the best accommodation that we stayed at in Japan during our three week stay over the holidays. While the price is a bit higher than some of the other properties in the area, we found it to be well deserved. Some of the highlights for us included: a) A personalized welcome, with the staff from the Ryokan coming to the room with us to show us its various features, and explain the facilities and food options b) The dinner and breakfast (additional extras) were exceptional. These were quality we would expect at a Michelin restaurant. c) The eight onsen available within the facility were impeccably clean, and absolutely gorgeous. They were the best onsen we experienced during our stay in Japan. d) The location is within walking distance to the Monkey Park Absolutely would recommend anyone to stay here to experience the onsen, meals, and service.

Reviewed January 06, 2018

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9.6
Exceptional
Kyeong from Canada
Couple
Japanese Style
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Great location and thoughtful staff”

Price can be high compared to Yudanaka onsens, but it is worth it since you get access to the nine public bath houses available in Shibu onsen area. The staff was also kind enough to drive us back to Yudanaka station when we were checking out.

Reviewed November 02, 2018

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Thank you for choosing to stay at KOKUYA HOTEL, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations. Once again thank you very much and we look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future. Kind regards Sho

Responded February 11, 2019
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
9.3
Exceptional
TZE from Singapore
Couple
Japanese Style Room C with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 2 nights in December 2014

Extremely pleasant ryokan... highly recommended”

1. The breakfast and dinner Kokuya serve up is absolutely phenomenal!! 2. Their public and private onsens are clean and comfortable. 3. Staff at Kokuya are extremely helpful, friendly and professional

It was a memorable experience for first-timers at a Ryokan. The room with a private onsen was definitely a luxury. There is nothing more soothing than relaxing in your private onsen with snow flakes falling on your head. The staff of Kokuya were all very friendly, helpful, well-trained and highly professional. All meals are kaiseki style (multi-course Japanese dining) with international/western options available. All the kaiseki dishes were phenomenal as they were extremely tasty and flavorful. Kokuya is definitely highly recommended!!!

Reviewed January 09, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
Siow from New Zealand
Couple
Standard Japanese-style Room with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Nothing can beat this”

This is such a magical place. We felt very pampered by the services provided. We were picked up from the Yudanaka station (free shuttle after 3pm) and once we arrived at the ryokan, our luggages were taken directly to our room. A staff then gave us a quick tour or description of the ryokan before bringing us to our room to explain in more details how everything works. We booked a private onsen and had a sumptuous dinner. Breakfast on the next day was equally good. When we left for the Snow Monkey park in the shuttle bus, the staff came out and waved good bye to us. The ryokan also arranged our luggages to be sent to a cafe so that we can pick them up after our snow monkey trip. On top of that, the ryokan provided some nigiri which we ate on our train trip back to Nagano. This was a nice gesture as we were tight for time. If Th is is your first time going to the Snow Monkey park, I highly recommend that you give this ryokan a go.

Reviewed December 31, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Lynnette from Singapore
Couple
Japanese Style
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Superb onsens and service!”

The 400 year old ryokan is very well maintained! We booked the standard room and had access to all 6 gender separated onsens and 2 private onsens in the hotel (apparently some of their onsens have the same water sources as the public onsens in shibu). The onsens were open to all guests but I found myself alone in the onsens most of the time so it felt very private. The jap dinner set was amazing! And I want to extend my thanks to the ryokan staff for letting us in the rooms early as we arrived before check in time. I have nothing but compliments for this ryokan. Though slightly pricey, I would say the money spent was worth it!

Reviewed December 15, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Melissa from United States
Solo traveler
Japanese Style Room C with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 3 nights in April 2015

Worth every penny”

Private onsens, service, proximity to snow monkeys

I came to Japan for my 40th birthday, and specifically picked Kokuya to spend it in. I got a room with a private onsen (Kasumi) and, after a long afternoon hanging at the monkey park, spent most of the following day/night/day (was there for three nights) hanging in my private tub. There are so many other onsens, both in the ryokan, open all night, and in the town, it would be impossible to visit them all. If that is your thing (it's obviously mine) it's heaven. The service at the hotel was top notch, the food: great, and the beds are super comfortable. Really just a beautiful place and wonderful experience. It's by far the most expensive place I stayed in, over three weeks in Japan, in many many different spots all over the main island, but it was worth it. So worth it. Best birthday I've ever had, maybe, mostly because of this place.

Reviewed April 26, 2015

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9.2
Exceptional
Nikki from United States
Couple
Japanese Style Room C with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 1 night in April 2017

Cute Ryokan”

We got to Yudanaka station from Tokyo station while arranging for us to be picked up at the station. When we got there, no one picked us up. Luckily, the information office called the ryokan for us and someone came to pick us up within 15mins. Aside from that, the whole stay was a pleasant getaway. We tried 4/8 baths that they had and each use was just us and we barely saw other people there. Dinner was a fabulous kaiseki feast. We strolled around the streets in our yukata and it was pretty quiet. In front of the ryokan itself, they sold Onsen cooked soft boiled eggs for ¥50 and that was delicious. We arranged with the ryokan to have them deliver our luggage to a coffee shop nearby Yudanaka station so that we could visit the snow monkey park. The ryokan also offered a ride to the monkey park where you walk for about 30mins to get to the entrance. As for your way back to Yudanaka station, you can either take a bus, taxi, or walk for about an hour.

Reviewed April 15, 2017

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9.2
Exceptional
Lay from Singapore
Couple
Standard Japanese-style Room with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 1 night in November 2019

Exceptional”

Very nice Ryokan. If you want to experience staying at a traditional Ryokan, I will highly recommend Shibu Onsen Kokuya.

Reviewed November 22, 2019

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Good day to you. Thank you so much for your feed back. Please visit us again. Sho

Responded November 28, 2019
Shibu Onsen Kokuya
10.0
Exceptional
Wing from Hong Kong SAR, China
Group
Japanese Style Room C with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 1 night in March 2017

Wish I could stay for longer”

My stay at Kokuya was very pleasant and nice. The staff were very friendly and it made me felt very welcome at the hotel. The hot springs in the hotel were clean and good. I recommend to try the 9 public hot springs around the hotel. I only stayed for one night, I had know how great it was at Kokuya, I would definitely stay another night.

Reviewed March 27, 2017

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9.7
Exceptional
Daniel from Japan
Couple
Japanese Style Room C with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 1 night in February 2016

Worth it ”

Food, Service and Atmosphere

Our stay at Kokuya was excellent. The staff is very friendly. we had the same person for the whole weekend that took care of us. Dinner and breakfast was delicious. We had the February meal for dinner and the japanese style breakfast. We were staying at a room with a private Onsen. The room and the balcony with the Onsen were both clean. There is nothing to complain about. We will definitely go back there.

Reviewed February 15, 2016

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9.2
Exceptional
David from Australia
Couple
Japanese Style
Stayed 1 night in February 2018

Exceptional”

Great place to stay in Shibu Onsen. Has own hot springs including two which are for couples if you don't want normal male and female. Staff are super friendly and helpful

Reviewed February 25, 2018

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8.8
Excellent
john from Australia
Couple
Japanese Style
Stayed 2 nights in February 2016

Lovely atmosphere, great onsens!”

We stayed at the Kokuya for two nights. The staff were terrific, attentive, friendly - what you expect in Japan. The room was spacious, there is the usual level of "comfort" sleeping on futons. Some love them, I'm ok as long as I can use the maximum number. The highlight was the range of onsens inside the hotel. A lot to choose from and they were brilliant. We had two dinners - one was ok, but not more than that. Winter food in Japan is sometimes a bit pedestrian, lot of root vegetables. The second night's dinner was much better. We had Japanese breakfast and they were ok. Very healthy and looked a better option than the western one. Location is very good, only a couple of kms from the monkey park

Reviewed February 18, 2016

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10.0
Exceptional
Danielle from Australia
Couple
Japanese Style Room C with Open-Air Bath
Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

Absolutely beautiful ”

Kokuya was exceptional. The beautiful staff and their warm hospitality. The magnificently appointed Ryokan with private onsen. Delicious authentic Japanese cuisine. Superb!

Reviewed November 16, 2017

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