Only about a 10-15 minute walk from the bus/train stations - shopping areas along the river on the way to the hotel, just 5 minutes from the castle. Tons of restaurants near by. We took a taxi (¥800) from the train station because it was raining. We were welcomed by hotel staff that carried our luggage in, held umbrellas over us, and provided a small snack and drink as we finished check-in in the lobby. The hotel includes a very nice coffee shop, a good restaurant (breakfast buffet was very good, mostly Japanese food), 2 sets of coin clothes washer/dryers (¥200/washer load, ¥100/30 min drying time), and very good men's and women's hot-spring style public baths (the baths are NOT fed by a hot spring, but are configured identically to most onsen). The hotel was very international, guests could be heard speaking many European languages and there were Chinese and Koreans there as well. With that said, I ran into a very Japanese symbol in the lobby one evening as upon my return there sat 2 sumo wrestlers in full traditional dress and hair style. We were in room #701, located in the original building (there is also an annex building), the top floor I believe, and at the corner so that we had windows that viewed 2 directions. Our room was a "superior twin". It had 2 beds, small table and chairs with ample room, refrigerator, and a safe. Our bathroom included separate areas for a bath + shower wet room, a counter/sink/mirror, and a toilet. At our initial arrival the safe was not working, but a staff person fixed it and it worked for the remainder of the visit. We also were provided an iron upon request, which they let us keep for the rest of the visit. There was an electric hot water heater, but no coffee maker (we began to suspect that perhaps guests had been taking small electric appliances as "souvenirs" ). Perhaps because of the many international guests, the very nice public baths did not seem to be getting used that much. At check-out, the hotel provided a shuttle bus ride to the train station. If returning to Matsumoto, this is where we would stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mingei Philosophy Matsumoto Lifestyle,Simple Beyond Beauty Born as an inevitable product of the culture out nature and tradition.The name has been cultivated and polished by the passing of time and accumulation of history.There within lies the essence of beauty.Though plain and simple,it is natural and familiar like water,and thus comfortable and spontaneous.Time spent in a natural present state.Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu,arustic hotel for everyday use. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kagetsu Hotel Matsumoto
- Matsumoto Kagetsu Hotel
- Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu Japan - Nagano Prefecture