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Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya
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8.7

Excellent

278 reviews

278 reviews

Housekeeping6
Breakfast4
Shops1
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8.5

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Popular neighborhood
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery 22.1 km
Zenko-ji Temple 22.4 km
Midori Nagano 23.3 km
Matsushiro 27.8 km
Sanada Treasure Museum 27.8 km
Togakushi Shrine Chusha 29.8 km
Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha 32.0 km
Obasute tanada (Terraced rice fields) 38.9 km
Nearby landmarks
Yudanaka Train Station 510 m
Engi 1.3 km
Roadside station Kitashinshu-Yamanouchi 1.4 km
Shibu Onsen Information Center 1.4 km
Kamijo 1.6 km
Yomase 2.8 km
Japan Clay Dolls Museum 3.4 km
Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (The world of Snow Monkey) 3.8 km
Jigokudani Monkey Park 3.8 km
Jigokudani Hot Spring Korakukan 3.9 km

Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya

Yudanaka Onsen,Yamanouchi, 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. Massage, restaurant and hot spring bath are among the special facilities that will enhance your stay with on-site convenience.

Highlights

Located in heart of Nagano

Front desk [24-hour]

530 meters to public transportation

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Hot spring bath

Hygiene Plus

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Safety Features
Temperature check for guests and staff
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit

Facilities

Bicycle rental

Car park

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Game room

Front desk [24-hour]

Luggage storage

Contactless check-in/out

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Nagano every 4 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.8
Location rating8.5
Nearest airportMatsumoto Airport (MMJ)
Distance to airport77.7 km

Rooms available at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.6

Quadruple Room 3rd Floor
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  • 5 bathrooms
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 4 futons
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Quadruple Room 2nd Floor
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  • 6 bathrooms
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 4 futons
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Quadruple Room 4th Floor
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  • 5 bathrooms
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 4 futons
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2nd Floor Japanese Style Room for 4 People with Private Bathroom
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  • Mountain view
  • Non-smoking
  • 4 futons
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4th Floor Japanese Style Room for 4 People with Private Bathroom
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  • Mountain view
  • Non-smoking
  • 4 futons
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3rd Floor Japanese Style Room for 4 People with Private Bathroom
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  • Mountain view
  • Non-smoking
  • 4 futons
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Japanese Style - Shared Bathroom
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  • Mountain view
  • Non-smoking
  • 4 futons
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Japanese Room
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
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Superior Room, Non Smoking, Shared Bathroom (Japanese Style)(5 Twin Futons)
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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Japanese Style Single Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya?

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 Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya?

A stay at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya 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, Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests.

Is breakfast offered at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya?

Wake up to a great continental breakfast at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 840 JPY if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the ryokan.

What is the smoking policy at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya?

Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya 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 Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya?

The closest train, metro, or bus station is Yudanaka Train Station, 510 m away from Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya.

What restaurants are nearby Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya?

Restaurants including Yubana, Cafe Lugh and Yamaguchiya are popular in Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya’s neighborhood which is known as Yudanaka.

What are popular attractions near Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya?

Guests at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya can easily visit Yumiya Shrine and Shibu Onsen Information Center located in the Yudanaka area.

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What people love about Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Everything was clean and room was big."

    SHI

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    January 4, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Spaciousness

    "The rooms were large and warm and the on-site onsens were clean and beautiful."

    Rachel

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    January 31, 2019

  • 9.6

    Exceptional
    Spaciousness

    "Room size is reasonable for a family of"

    Lilian

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    December 14, 2019

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Value for money score
8.8/10
Service score
9.5/10
Room comfort score
8.6/10
Better than
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Overall rating:

8.7

Excellent
278 reviews
Cleanliness
8.7
Facilities
8.5
Location
8.5
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More about Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya

More about Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya

Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya

Find yourself in a truly relaxing place and fulfill yourself with all that Nagano has, with a refreshing stay at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya.
At Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Free internet access provided within the ryokan keeps you connected throughout your stay. Exploring Nagano is made even more convenient with the shuttle services available at the ryokan. For guests arriving by car, parking is provided free of charge.
Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. For longer stays or whenever you need it, the dry cleaning service and laundry service keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available. Feel like doing nothing? Available services like room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at the Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya. For health reasons, smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the ryokan.
For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
All rooms at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya are designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home. Enjoy your stay even more at the ryokan, knowing that some selected rooms include air conditioning. For a bit of entertainment, guests will find daily newspaper and television available in some selected rooms. Don't worry about being thirsty as a refrigerator is provided in some guestrooms.
Bathroom amenities are just as important as others, and at the ryokan you'll find towels available in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Each morning you can start the day with a delicious in-house breakfast offered at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya. Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the ryokan assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices.
Enjoy the countless activities offered at Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya. A relaxing end to every day is possible with a visit to the massage, located right in the ryokan.


Reasons to stay here

Find rooms here that are cheaper than 97% of all other options in the city.
Find incredible value for money here, which is ranked better than 94% of the city's accommodation.
Past guests love the staff and service here, rating it above 95% of the other accommodations in the city.

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Amenities and facilities

Excellent
Facilities

8.5

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

6 mentions

Food & Dining

4 mentions

Housekeeping

4 mentions

Internet

1 mention

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Japanese
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Karaoke
  • Massage
  • Skiing
  • Ski lessons
Cleanliness and safety
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Temperature check for guests and staff
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurants
  • Room service
Swimming & soaking
  • Hot spring bath
Services and conveniences
  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Heating in public area
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace
For the kids
  • Family room
Access
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed
Getting around
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Shuttle service
Sports equipment rental
  • Bicycle rental
Available in all rooms
  • Accessible by stairs
  • Air conditioning
  • Closet
  • Daily newspaper
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Free bottled water
  • Hand sanitizer
  • High chair
  • Hot spring access
  • In-room safe box
  • Microwave
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Slippers
  • Tatami flooring
  • Towels
  • Trash cans
  • TV
  • Umbrella
  • Wi-Fi [free]

Food and dining

Breakfast options
  • Continental
Restaurants on site
Restaurant
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Menu: Buffet

Location

Yudanaka Onsen,Yamanouchi, Yudanaka, Nagano, Japan, 381-0401
Excellent
Location

8.5

Airports
  • Matsumoto Airport (MMJ)
    77.7 km
  • Toyama Airport (TOY)
    110.3 km
Public transportation
  • Yudanaka Train Station
    510 m
  • Kamijo
    1.6 km
Hospital or clinic
  • Hokushin General Hospital
    4.8 km
Cash withdrawal
  • ATM
    410 m

What's nearby

Popular landmarks
  • Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery
    22.1 km
  • Zenko-ji Temple
    22.4 km
  • Midori Nagano
    23.3 km
  • Matsushiro
    27.8 km
  • Sanada Treasure Museum
    27.8 km
  • Togakushi Shrine Chusha
    29.8 km
  • Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha
    32.0 km
  • Obasute tanada (Terraced rice fields)
    38.9 km
Nearby landmarks
  • Yudanaka Train Station
    510 m
  • Engi
    1.3 km
  • Roadside station Kitashinshu-Yamanouchi
    1.4 km
  • Shibu Onsen Information Center
    1.4 km
  • Kamijo
    1.6 km
  • Yomase
    2.8 km
  • Japan Clay Dolls Museum
    3.4 km
  • Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (The world of Snow Monkey)
    3.8 km
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
    3.8 km
  • Jigokudani Hot Spring Korakukan
    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 are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from15:00
  • Check-out until10:00
Extras
  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)840 JPY
The property
  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsyes
  • Number of floors4
  • Number of rooms 12
  • Room voltage100
  • Year property opened1975
  • Most recent renovation2002

Reviews of Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya from real guests

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8.7
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Cleanliness8.7
Facilities8.5
Location8.5
Room comfort and quality8.6
Service9.5
Value for money8.8
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9+ Exceptional (50)
8-9 Excellent (28)
7-8 Very Good (26)
6-7 Good (6)
<6 Below Expectation (5)
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Mar - May (23)
Jun - Aug (6)
Sep - Nov (22)
Dec - Feb (64)
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10.0
Exceptional
Rachel from United States
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

Beautiful Stay in the Mountains!”

We have a wonderful stay at Shimaya. The owners were so nice and facilitating. The rooms were large and warm and the on-site onsens were clean and beautiful. They even have a private Onsen in the Ryokan! The owner drove us to and picked us up from the Monkey Park even though the roads were incredibly icy and it was blizzarding. He’s a very good driver and we were so thankful for the complimentary shuttle :) ALSO! Highlight of our stay was the private Onsen just a few minutes walk from the Ryokan! The owner of Shimaya got us a reservation for the Onsen at 5pm (sunset) and we got to watch the sun set with a BREATHTAKING view of the mountains and town. Yet we were totally secluded. It was INCREDIBLE. Highly recommend Shimaya!!!!

Reviewed January 31, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Yasmin from Australia
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in March 2020

What an experience!”

Would recommend anyone visiting Yudanaka to stay here. Mr Yumoto is so hospitable and kind. He drove us to and from the monkey park and lent us gumboots to wear so our shoes wouldn’t get muddy. We also hired the private onsen and were lucky enough to watch the sunset over the city - the water was very hot to begin with but was a great experience once we acclimatized and relaxed our tired muscles. Our room was homely with a great view (we were on the 4th floor) and had an aircon that heated the room super fast which was great. The WiFi is also fast and has access for each level, definitely a plus. Thanks for a great time!

Reviewed March 08, 2020

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10.0
Exceptional
Kelsey from United States
Couple
Stayed 5 nights in January 2019

A Honeymoon with the Honeymoon”

This places defines the word special. Our stay in Yamanouchi would never have been the same or as memorable if it hadn't been for Shimaya. Our view was absolutely serene from the 4th floor with sunrises and sunsets looking out over the town and mountain tops as far as our eyes could see. The sweetest old man who owns and runs the place is really the heart and soul of Shimaya. His interactions with us just set the charm of this place in stone. I HIGHLY recommend giving Shimaya your business. It has everything you could want, is affordable, and offers an authentic Japanese onset village charm you can't buy. It was magical.

Reviewed February 10, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
SHI from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Clean and accessible ”

Had a pleasant stay here previously when we went to Japan. Everything was clean and room was big. Great experience staying here.

Reviewed January 04, 2022

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9.6
Exceptional
henriette from Hong Kong SAR, China
Family with young children
Stayed 5 nights in December 2019

Perfect local location and friendly staff”

We had 5 wonderful days and night at this hotel, staff was super friendly and helpful arranging transport to local attractions like the snow monkey, recommending local restaurants and generally taking care of us. Breakfast was great and the facilities are quite old, but well maintained and if you are looking for a local experience then this is a great choice and superb value for money.

Reviewed May 24, 2020

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9.2
Exceptional
steph from Australia
Family with young children
Stayed 3 nights in February 2019

Fantastic hospitality, great onsens, close to ski fields”

Mr and Mrs Yumoto are as wonderful as hosts as all the other reviews say. Across the road from a small convenience store, 10 min walk to the train and large convenience store. Lots of great restaurants in the area, and 15 minute walk from shibu onsen, which is quaint and beautiful, but fairly deserted. I loved the indoor and outdoor onsens at shimaya, and had them to myself every time (late Feb). I bathed in them at least twice a day. We were in yudanaka to see snow for the first time, and there was still snow around the streets at that time of year. There is a free shuttle bus to Ryuoo ski park, where my daughter and I went tobogganing and tubing and built a snowman. Lots of fun. Would definitely recommend to others. We didn't eat at the ryokan, but it can be arranged, and is apparently very good. It would be nice if there was a bit of a bar there, but no.

Reviewed March 04, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Melissa from United States
Group
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Awesome ”

The hotel owners were very friendly and welcome us even when we arrived late. They gave us a tour of the Onsen and showed us all of the amenities. We requested breakfast in morning and the owner offers to drive us to the Snow Monkey park. We woke up the next morning and went to breakfast and the food was waiting for us. The atmosphere was very charming with the piano and the music playing. The owner dropped us off at snow monkey park and told us to call when we finished and he or his wife would pick us up. After site seeing at the park we called the owner and his wife came to pick us up and drove back to the hotel where she offered to drive us to the train station with our luggage. It was a fantastic place to stay with a wonderful Onsen on-site, great food and the owners were wonderful. Highly recommend staying here if you visit the area.

Reviewed January 20, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Daniel from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

Nice & Friendly Hosts”

Very helpful hosts who will recommend programs for you.

Reviewed February 13, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Lilian from Singapore
Family with young children
Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

Exceptional”

The owners are very helpful and friendly. Showed us the way to the Snow Monkey Park as we have rented a car. Room size is reasonable for a family of 3. Overall, we are satisfied with our stay.

Reviewed December 15, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Adam
Solo traveler
Japanese Style - Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in February 2019

Exceptional”

Not a new building but amazingly helpful staff and good location. Walking distance to the train station. Friendly staff dropped us off at the snow monkeys the next day and offered to drive us back if we called. I walked back - 30mins or so, pleasant. Overall would definitely recommend for a one-2 night stay to see the snow monkeys.

Reviewed March 04, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Serena from Singapore
Couple
Japanese Style - Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Exceptional”

This is my 3rd time staying here. Mr amd Mrs Yumoto are friendly and caring. Mr Yumoto will drive you to the snow monkey park and pick you up again. Great service.

Reviewed January 18, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
stanley from United States
Family with teens
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Very accommodating ”

Pros: they shuttle you around, lend you boots for the park, great breakfast, very polite. Cons: we went in winter and the room was a bit chilly and the toilet area very small.

Reviewed January 18, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
shu from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 4 nights in December 2018

Very good”

Good location, plenty of good food around, decent size rooms..

Reviewed January 02, 2019

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7.2
Very good
Mark
Family with young children
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

Very good”

The owner and his wife were very nice and took good care of us. It's a pretty good walk though up a pretty steep hill from the train station. The owner took us to the monkey park, to a restaurant and to the station after our visit. I only wish he had picked us up as well as the hike was tough on my parents. The rooms are interesting with super deep tubs that are hard to step into and a toilet that is separate on the balcony area.

Reviewed March 25, 2019

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5.6
Gary from Singapore
Family with teens
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Above average”

Hospitable service from the owners. They provide transport from and to Yudanaka Station (which is great if you have luggages) during check in and check out, transport from and to the Snow Monkey Park, and also good recommendations of the food and restaurant options around the area. The room is traditional (although it may feel old to some people) but spacious and comfortable. Onsen is quite small, perhaps only for 2-3 people. There are only 2-3 showers area and the water pressure was weak. When I was there, the next group after me had to queue. Considering the small area, perhaps the owner should consider having the onsen as private (i.e. reserve certain time slots for certain rooms) to avoid people having to queue. Location-wise, it is about 10 minutes walk from Yudanaka station. Nearby, there are plenty of restaurants and there is a convenience store near the station.

Reviewed January 22, 2020

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10.0
Exceptional
Douglas from United States
Couple
Stayed 1 night in November 2018

The best place to stay in Yudanaka onsen.”

The best place to stay in Yudanaka onsen because of so many things. The location is perfect because it’s only 7 min. walk from the Yudanaka Station so If you just want to rest and relax after a tiring commute around Nagano this place is not too far. Checking in was also a breeze because Mr. Ichiro is right there to greet you as you come in the front door. All the rooms gives you that traditional japanese room feel. They have an in house bathhouses separating male and female but if you guys are a coulple or a group of friends Mr. Ichiro offers a private onsen just a couple minutes walk down from the Hotel for ¥600 yen each for 40 min. And I gotta say the private onsen was definitely worth it because we had it all for ourselves. We went at night so we got some Yudanaka town night lights and starry sky. If you are also thinking of going to the snow monkey park you don’t have to worry about bus schedules going up and going back because all you have to do is mention it to Mr. Ichiro.

Reviewed November 13, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Lee from United States
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in July 2013

This was the best part of our trip to Japan!”

Amazing helpful staff, comfortable authentic rooms, outside onsen hot spring

Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya is an absolute must on a journey through Japan. The owners Mr. and Mrs. Yomoto are the most accommodating and friendly people you could ever meet! Mr. Yomoto personally drove us to the monkey park to see the snow monkeys (which was awesome), pointed out local spots to eat and taste free sake, and graciously answered any questions we had. The authentic Japanese ryokan style room has comfortable futons on the bed, a nice sitting room, and access to some of the hottest and nicest onsen hot springs we had ever seen! Mr. Yumoto also took us to a private outside onsen with a nice view of the city at night. Beautiful! Total A+ stay.

Reviewed July 12, 2013

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9.6
Exceptional
Samantha from Australia
Family with teens
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

I can't stop coming back!”

Second time I've stayed at Shimaya and would stay a third! Mr Yumoto is very welcoming and will go out of his way to make sure your stay is enjoyable. He will pick you up from Yudanaka Station, drive you to the Snow Monkey Park (and lend you snow boots for free), and drive you back to the station if needed. The Japanese breakfast was delicious, beautifully presented and great value for money. Mr Yumoto even has a book of restaurants with pictures of the type of food available so that you can chose where to go for lunch or dinner if you want to go out. The onsen at Shimaya is very clean and very hot, so make sure to warm your body with the water bit by bit before submerging yourself. The only inconvenience of Shimaya is that there is no elevator for large baggage or wheelchairs as it is not a hotel-style building. This didn't bother me but might be difficult for some. Overall, a wonderful experience!

Reviewed December 19, 2016

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9.7
Exceptional
Marlon from Costa Rica
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in November 2012

Japanese Hospitality with a warm onsen!!!”

Traditional tatami bed

Really enjoyed my stay in Shinsyu Yudanaka Onsen Shimaya hotel, is like a guest house but very cozy with home made food. Friendly owner and staff guiding you through your stay here. Very beautiful town full of hotsprings!! definitely worth to come and stay a couple of days, specially if u want to see the snowy monkeys taking a bath inside hotsprings!!!

Reviewed February 13, 2013

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8.0
Excellent
choong from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 4 nights in December 2014

Snow Monkey & Shiga Kogen Shimaya”

Free shuttle return from snow monkey entrance and Yudanaka stations, nice in-house onsen, staffs were attentive and helps you plan your itinerary

ALmost everything mentioned in the reviews are true. Free apples are available everyday just at the entrance, washing machine and microwave at 2nd floor. Onsens need to be tempered with cold water before use. Few restaurants nearby the station I am gonna touch more on the skiing/snowboarding part. Shiga Kogen has more local feel. Hakuba is more like an Aussies town. Shiga Kogen has 90% of skiers compared to snowboarders. Shiga Kogen also has very limited english instructors available. I only manage to find Sugiyama ski school with English instructor. So plan and book ahead. You need to book as private lesson to get the English instructor. Cost is 26000 Yen for 3 hours. From 9am to 12noon. Usually it's enough. I managed to learn up to linking up my turns. By the way, because Shiga Kogen is usually skiers so it's even more difficult to get snowboard instructors. So please plan ahead. Shiga Kogen is a big area. I took advise from Shimaya owner Mr Yumoto to go to Ichinose. Ichinose is a fantastic ski area for all levels especially for beginners. My advise is to go to Ichinose family ski lift for beginners as the slopes is not as steep. Whole day Ichinose lift pass will cover 5 areas of ski lifts which is more than enough. Ski lifts starts at 8am, closes at around 4.20pm. Theres quite a few rental shops around. Usually it's Snowcan. Prices are usually fixed, no bargain. Theres also a nice canteen at Ichinose diamond area. Reasonable price. There are also medium size lockers available just near to the canteen for 200 Yen to keep your belongings. Bus departs from Yudanaka station to Ichinose in selected timings. Ask Mr Yumoto for the timetable. He will fetch you to the station. Cost is 770 Yen one way. On selected buses, you need to transfer at Haisuke but its easy as the transfering bus is just next to it. If unsure just ask the bus driver. They understand English

Reviewed December 24, 2014

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