Kikunoyu

1-29-7 Asama-onsen, Nagano-ken, Matsumoto, Nagano-ken, 390-0303, Japan

Fodor’s Expert Review

Built in the traditional honmune-zukuri style, this hot-springs lodging has a characteristic peaked roof, ornamental woodwork above the front gable, and bow windows. The spacious lobby has crossbeams made from the trunk of a zelkova tree. There are two hot-spring baths: Kikuburo is made of Italian marble with a large carved chrysanthemum, while beniburo has an open-air tub. Ground-floor guest rooms face the garden, and some have private cypress baths. Artfully arranged meals on lacquer trays arrive in your room. A bowl of cakes called yokoso manju and buckwheat tea welcome you on arrival. The hotel is a 20-minute bus ride from Matsumoto Station to Asama-onsen, which is northeast of the city at the foot of the Utsukushigahara highlands.

PROS

  • relaxing getaway
  • excellent hot-springs baths
  • staff speak some English

CONS

  • not a good base for other sightseeing
  • not all rooms have a bath (those without, however, are almost half the price)
  • will feel overly formal to some

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Historical
Quiet
Countryside
Local Flavor

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0263-46–2300

HOTEL DETAILS

17 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals; Some meals

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