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Shimosagaya

Style: Minshuku

Price Per Person:
¥7000 ~ ¥10000

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Address (English)

805-1 Tsumago
Nagiso -cho

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Shimosagaya. Located in the mountain village of Tsumago, this Minshuku provides relaxation and comfort amid the beautiful surroundings of the Kiso Valley. Guests are also served home-style cuisine, fresh seasonal vegetables and river fish in Shimosagaya's dining area.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Avialable
  • Large Japanese Style Room (4 or more guests)
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Hanare, (Private Guest Residence)
  • Towels

HOT SPRINGS and BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Hot Spring Bath in Guest Room
  • Private Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Hot Spring Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Hot Spring Bath

REGULAR BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Outdoor Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Bath (Both Genders)

MEALS

  • Dinner and Breakfast Plan Available
  • Breakfast Plan Only Available
  • No Meal Plan Available

SPECIAL MEAL REQUEST

  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast

DINING ARRANGEMENTS

  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners: A Little English Spoken
  • Internet Connection: Wifi Available
  • Parking: Free Parking
  • Curfew Time: 22:00
  • Pickup Service:
  • Single Guests:
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
  • Pay with a Credit Card:
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In the Heart of Tsumago

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The host gave us a very warm welcome upon our arrival. We arrived early but she let us check in anyway. Very friendly and runs by husband and wife. The husband cooks our meals and the wife made our room. She always greets us with a smile on her face and made us feel like home.

Lovely stay

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 3

I stayed in Shimosagaya for 1 night in November. To be honest, I'm not sure I would have found the inn if my taxi driver hadn't pointed it out, as Shimosagaya's entrance is located inside an alleyway. But once inside, I found the inn to be clean, comfortable, the hosts friendly and helpful. Best of all, the food is delicious.

Good

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Argentina

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

Tsumago is really small, so, finding the ryokan was easy. The personal is very friendly but they don't speak english. We didn't like much the traditional food so, for breakfast we asked if we can have some toast and coffee and they did it, we really appreciate that. The place it self is ok... we thought it was quite expensive for what it was... the futon bed were too thin, we had to share the bathroom, if we wanted to see tv we had to pay, and for the air conditioning too, no internet either. We booked two nights but only stayed one, not for the hotel but for the place, there was nothing to do, so, we sleep, had breakfast and left walking the 8km to the other place.

Great Location in Tsumago

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

Very good Japanese breakfast and dinner served in dining room. Little English spoken by mother, father, daughter. Could leave luggage there before 3pm checkin. First ryokan that did not provide slippers. Bath only large enough for 1 person. I thought this ryokan was overpriced, but a nice, comfortable place to stay. Do visit Goto's pub a few doors up and open to 8pm. He's a very interesting guy. Restaurants pretty scarce. Most places are coffee and sweets shops. Great to walk around at night when lanterns are lit and early morning before tourists arrive. The town is really old Japan and very unique. If you leave on the 11 am train back to Nagano there is no bus to the station. You will have to take a cab for 1500 yen.

Delightful stay in an historic village

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

We had a delightful stay here. After walking the Nasakendo Way for 7.8 kms it was lovely to check into yo our comfortable tatami mat room. Really enjoyed the shower room and shared hot bath which is kept deliciously hot by a slatted cover. (As you wash yourself scrupulously clean before you get in the bath the water stays clean.) the stairs are steep and narrow so it is better for agile people whose bags are not too big. Meals were delicious and a work of art. Tip: read the bus timetable carefully for catching a bus on to Ngasio! Outside peak times some do not run. Thoroughly recommend this place.

Wonderful

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: The netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

We have stayed in Shimosagaya for two nights. It is situated in a quiet alley. Very close to all the beautiful sights in Tsumago and without the noise such a beautiful place gives. The owners were very friendly. While I was a bit ill, they helped me get better, supplying healthy and delicious food and medicine. The area is very green, the atmosphere good, the house is lovely and the view on the river lovely.

Shimosagaya

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

At Shimosagaya the dinner and Breakfast were first class. The room was nice too. It was a little odd that Air con or TV were coin operated (100 yen, not $100 as another reviewer wrote). The stairs upstairs are very steep which may be an issue for older people. The daughter gave me an initial tour of Shimosagaya and at the end I thought she was showing me downstairs, so I followed her into the living area and she turned around & saw me & gave a little scream- it was very weird. I got a slight feeling her & the mother weren't overly fond of foreigners but the man was very nice. Tsumago was beautiful although there were more tourists there than I expected. But after 4pm,5pm everyone suddenly vanished and there was no one on the streets!

Shimosagaya

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Belgium

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

Good ryokan, clean rooms, friendly but reserved staff. Very early check out time, 9 am, before the shops are open.

Shimosagaya

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our hosts were very hospitable, polite, accommodating and efficient. The best of Japanese hospitality! Communication wasn\\\'t a problem as they knew how to look after us without being asked and there were some signs in English to explain away any confusions. The place was neat and clean and the futons were quite comfortable. We were travelling with three generations and my parents (senior age range - I\\\'m not allowed to tell you exactly how old they are) said they were the most comfortable futons of the trip. The food was delicious - definitely one of the best meals of the trip. The stairs are quite steep up to the rooms - it wasn\\\'t a problem for our party, but if you have anyone with mobility problems just be aware. We kept the doors shut to the rooms so it didn\\\'t bother us with the kids. We also had plenty of adults to supervise them. We got a bit lost on the way in, so I\\\'ve attached some photos to make it easier to find. Look down near my husband and daughter to see the sign in the second picture. We were also pleased with the booking service through Japanese Guest Houses, which was efficient and contained all the relevant details (and a map - we managed to get lost anyway).

Magome-Tsumago

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: NZ

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We hiked from Magome to Tsumago before spending a night at Shimosagaya. I cannot recommend this walk and spending a night in Tsumago enough. The walk - pleasant, easy, relaxed, nice sights. Tsumago- busy during the day but when everyone leaves at 5 it is amazing. Shimosagaya is in the heart of Tsumago and the owners are very polite and helpful. Large rooms, comfy futons and good food. Plus it is a few houses down from the ONLY pub/inn that is open after 5pm. Go there! Highlight of our trip.

2 relaxing nights in Tsumago

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

First of all, Japanese Guest Houses service is excellent. It works very well and would recommend this service to friends who are looking for accommodation in Japan. Now for Shimosagaya: Our stay in Shimosagaya was very good. It did not disappoint us in any way. The facilities were as we expected to be. We got a free undercover parking for our car. The location is right in the middle of the lovely Tsumago. Food was excellent, well prepared and plenty. There were little interaction with the host(s) though. They were not unfriendly at all. They are just very reserved. (Btw, I can speak a little Japanese) Just a little note: Their check out time is 9:00 AM - quite early compared to all the different accommodations we tried in Central Honshu.

Worst experience in Japan

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 1

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 1

Location Rating - 2

Room Rating - 1

This was indeed also the least of my stays in Japan. The hostess was down right rude and in one instance when I queried her why booking thru Japanese Guest Houses it was more expensive she starting yelling at me in Japanese and pointing her finger in my face. Totally not what I had experienced anywhere else in Japan. My one person's room was small; the bathroom was small and guests were not allowed to use the showers in the morning; no proper hot tub but just a bath and it felt like you were taking a bath in some one else's bath water. Then having to pay for TV, air-conditioning and heating was a first for me in Japan. And at prices of $100 per night for me, this was ridiculous. Then to top it off the sheet on the bed was half size. Like the owners had cut the sheets in 2 to make them go further. I felt the owners were trying to short change the guests in every possible way. Small face towel, I can go on and on about this place. The hosts clearly do not like foreign tourists, even though we were the only ones staying in the place. EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING. I can still get upset thinking about this place. My experience there caused me to cancel some other ryokans that I was booked in for the rest of my trip. I decided to stay in small business hotels where were so clean. Oh yes didn't mention that the hairs on the sheet from the person who slept on them last. Don't stay here. Save your money for a nicer place.

On the Nakasendo Trail

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

We (family with 2 children) were hiking the Nakasendo trail from Hirasawa to Magone and stays in various Ryokans along the way. This was however the least of all the stays. Pro's: Large rooms, nice location in quiet alley, good food Con's: Small modern bathroom without a nice hot tub, had to pay extra for heating, aircon and TV (coin operated!)

1 night and 1 day in Tsumago

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

It's such a treat when you are traveling and you are informed there is a Parade through town the next day when you arrive. Easy to find on the main street, the entrance is down a narrow alley. Simple accommodations with spectacular meals. The family that runs this spot spends the days posing in the street front rooms for all the local tourists. Great place to start your Nakasen-do trail hike, we went to Magome after the parade.

Excellent experience

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our stay at Shimosagaya in Tsumago was a real highlight of the trip. We hired a car in Nagarno and the drive through the Kiso Valley to Tsumago was also really enjoyable experience. Shimosagaya was a very nice place to stay and so conveniently located within the central area of the village. Our room was comfortable and warm and as had been anticipated the home cooked meals were excellent and so well presented. Our hosts were also able to provide undercover car parking located nearby. Also I must say the Japanese Guest Houses reservation service was excellent. The recommendation of Shimosagaya after our inital inquiry was unavailable was a fantastic outcome. I certainly have no hesitation in recommending this web-site to friends who may be travelling to Japan in the future.