Matsumoto in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture is the second biggest city in the region and it brims with attractions that will attract history buffs and Japan lovers alike.
If you want to try a traditional Japanese homestay on top of that, you’re in luck, since the area also presents its fair share of ryokan. No matter your budget, here are some of the best Matsumoto ryokan stays ranging from budget finds to high-end picks.
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Matsumoto Travel Tips
The Ryokan Seifuso is for the frugal traveller on the hunt for a cheap accommodation in Matsumoto. The stay impresses with its cultural offerings of old-fashioned accommodations, a tea ceremony, revitalizing public baths and even kimono classes.
A variety of food offerings from traditional Japanese fare to vegetarian menus are presented. Places to explore near the inn are Kiso Valley, where you can find the quaint period spots of Magome, Narai and Tsumago-juku and the Jigokudani Monkey Park.
- Location: 2.8 km from JR Matsumoto Train station 10.8 km from Matsumoto Airport
- Perks: free in-room Wi-Fi, air conditioning, refrigerator, flat screen TV
Shirafune Grand Hotel
If it’s important to you that you have a Matsumoto ryokan with private onsen access, treat yourself to a stay at Shirafune. You can arrange to private access of the public baths or book rooms with private onsen with your booking. This traditional onsen ryokan has three different types of hot spring baths, both inside and in the fresh open air, too.
It is said that you won’t catch a cold in the next three years by bathing in the onsen over three days. The hotel also offers traditional fare, including locally sourced beef, salmon and of course herb chicken, vegetables and rice.
- Location: 80min taxi ride from JR Matsumoto Train station, 50min to Kamikochi
- Perks: (private) onsen, Japanese style meals, massage, karaoke
Hotel Tamanoyu is another affordable Matsumoto ryokan find. Take advantage of public and private hot spring baths, delicious Japanese cuisine, local beers and sake and massages for a relaxing stay.
There’s also an in-house souvenir shop within the confines of the ryokan. Attractions that you can visit close to the hotel include Nakamachi-dori and the Kaichi School, which is only a 10-minute drive away.
- Location: 3.9 km from JR Matsumotor station, 11.9 km from Matsumoto Airport
- Perks: free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, mini-fridge, free green tea, free public/private outdoor onsen
The Oiwakeya Ryokan is something you should consider if you want to check out Matsumoto Castle, which is just a 10 minute drive away from the area. You get to partake in the experience of a traditional Japanese night’s rest by way of futon beddings and tatami floors.
Wake up properly with a nice piping-hot cup of coffee in the mornings, which is served daily. Other places to explore near the ryokan are the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum, which is just 10 minutes away, and the Misuzu Lake (3- minute drive).
- Location: 3.5 km from JR Matsumoto station, 11.1 km from Matsumoto Airport
- Perks: cable TV, refrigerator, green tea with electric kettle, private toilet, free Wi-Fi in public areas
Continuing with our awesome Matsumoto ryokan finds is the Ryokan Sugimoto. During your stay you can enjoy stunning mountain views, comforting indoor and outdoor hot spring baths and scrumptious kaiseki meals made from seasonal local ingredients.
Attractions nearby include Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto City Museum of Art and the Japanese Ukiyo-e Museum. Don’t forget to explore the lovely Edo Era-themed Nawate-dori and the more commercial Nakamashi Street for some shopping.
- Location: 3.7 km from JR Matsumoto station, 11.3 km from Matsumoto Airport
- Perks: flat screen TV, fridge, beds with private bath and tub (Western rooms), free Wi-Fi in public areas
Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan
Another discovery for impressive Matsumoto stays is the Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan. It’s found in the city’s Kamikochi district, near landmarks like the Hirayuotaki Fall, Hirayu Onsen Ski Area and the Okuhida Bear Park.
It’s a place far from the hustle and bustle of a modern city and a first-rate pick for those who want to be in nature. The area is a dream for travellers who are after active pursuits. There are lots of places to hike, ski and mountain climb here. Plus, with this Matsumoto ryokan an onsen is part of the perks.
- Location: 29.9 km from Matsumoto Airport
- Perks: free shuttle to Kamikochi (8-9 AM), free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, onsen
Wonderful mountain and river views await guests in the Keiryuso Siorie. If you want to fully take in the area’s local Japanese fare, do so by opting for private dining rooms.
The impressive natural settings include the impressive mountain ranges as well as Azusa Lake. Explore Kamikochi Park, which can be reached by bus within 30 minutes and the Norikura highlands for enjoyable pursuits like skiing, hiking and camping.
- Location: 5-minute walk from Sawando Bus Terminal, 24.3 km from Matsumoto Airport
- Perks: air conditioning, flat screen TV, fridge, electric kettle, free toiletries and yukata robes
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