What is a Ryokan? Like a Western-style inn, maintaining the special, atmosphere and appearance is more important than providing the latest modern conveniences. Ryokans are the best way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the true comforts of Japanese hospitality and service.
Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are an intimate part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 "onsen" ,or hot springs, in Japan. Many can be found at the ryokans available on Japanese Guest Houses.
Japan has eight beautiful regions rich in culture and diversity. Select a region to explore and view available ryokans.
Welcome to Magome and Tsumago on the Old Nagasendo Highway. Magome and Tsumago are located in the southern part of the Kiso Valley in Nagano Prefecture. Many years ago, they was one of the eleven post towns in that district of the Nagasendo Highway. When the Chuo Rail Line was constructed along the Kiso River in 1911, Tsumago lost its role as a post town and it gradually became a deserted village. However, in 1968 a movement to preserve Edo and Meiji Period buildings began and during the following three years many structures were repaired and restored. In 1976, Tsumago was designated as a "Protected Area for the Preservation of Traditional Buildings" by the Japanese government. The Old Nagasendo Highway can now be enjoyed by visitors who wish to see a very important part of old Japan preserved in tact.An alternative to Magome is Tsumago.
** Super Important Points **
- Check In Before 17:00 (5:00pm)
- Pay with Japanese Yen Cash Only
- No Meal Changes
Check In for Dinner Before 17:00
It is very important to check in to your minshuku by 17:00 (5:00pm). If you arrive after this time then they will not be able to serve you dinner but yo will be changed for it. Also there are no other evening restaurants or shops to buy dinner so you will go hungry. We do not want you to go hungry so please check in before 17:00 (5:00pm).
Cash Only Payment:
Accommodations in Magome only accept payment by yen cash, so make sure you have enough cash when you travel to Magome, also please note that ATMs only work during business hours on business days. Please get cash in a large city before you come to Magome. If you do not have enough cash the innkeepers may call the police.
Food is purchased and prepared fresh for each traveler. Please let us know if you need to cancel your reservation as these minshuku are family owned, small accommodations so "no shows" cost them money in wasted food and an open room. Also maintaining these historical farm houses is expensive but the families do this as an act of love.
No Meals Changes:
Minshuku in Tsumago and Magome do not accept meal changes so if you have allergies or other meal requirements then we advise that you do not stay overnight in Tsumago or Magome. This is a remote area and there are no grocery stores.
Magome Luggage Delivery Service:
If you would like to walk the Nagasendo Road without carrying your luggage, there is a delivery service available. This service will send your luggage between the Magome Information Center and the Tsumago Information Center. The cost per baggage is about 500 yen, and you can drop off your luggage at the information centers from 8:30am until 11:30am (your luggage will arrive at 13:00). This service is in operation: May 21 - July 19 (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays); July 20 - August 31 (Everyday); September 1 - November 23 (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays).
Welcome to Tajimaya. This Minshuku is located in Magome along the Nakasendo road which was used extensively by travelers during the Edo Period. All the rooms at Tajimaya are Japanese-style, and all bathing and toilet facilities are shared among the guests. The Japanese "irori" (hearth) is over 100 years old and it is still in use. The owners of Tajimaya serve fresh, local cuisine in the ryokan's dining area and guests can relax in the wooden tubs after a long day's hike.
Welcome to Magomechaya. This Minshuku has 14 Japanese-style rooms, and the women and men's hot spring baths are open 24 hours a day. Guests can dine on fresh vegetables and river fish. Check in time is after 3:00pm and check out time is before 10:00am. Parking is available.
Welcome to Iwatake, this Minshuku is very close to the Magome tourist center. Iwatake prides itself on being quiet and relaxing. This 2 story ryokan has 8 rooms and none of them have a private bathroom or toilet. All rooms have a mountain view. Meals are served in the restaurant of the ryokan. The cuisine is based on fresh wild plants.