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Shimaya Ryokan

4 star Hotel | 3075 Hirao, Yudanaka-onsen, Yam, Shimotaki-gun (Jigokudani, Monkey Park) Nagano, Japan 381-0401

96.0% Overall Rating

118 out of 119 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (20/05/2015)

kerrie-anne benton thinks…

"The rooms were traditional Ryokan. Breakfast was great and the free transfer and return to the monkeys also great."

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 10.57

What's Included

  • Linen
  • Towel

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Welcome to Shimaya Ryokan in Yudanaka Spa Resort in Nagano! Shimaya Ryokan provides FREE Shuttle Service to Jigokudani, as well as the Monkey Park; where you can see monkeys in the outdoor hot spring baths. Read more

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About Shimaya Ryokan

Welcome to our website. we, the staff of Shimaya Ryokan are here to make your stay at Yudanaka Onsen(Spa) pleasant and memorable.
Located in the center of townwe are only 8minutes away from the Yudanaka station of Nagano Dentetsu Line. Within a short walking distance you will find various types of restaurants and sushi bars, all reasonably priced. A 24 hour convenience store, a coin-operated laundromat, an ATM machine and a Post Office.
When requested, we provide “on-demand” free shuttle services to and from the Shimaya to the Jigokudani Snow monkey park.
If you come to town with heavy pieces of luggage, please give us an advance notice. We will be happy to pick you up at the Yudanaka Station. You are also welcome to our information desk at the reception.
At our hotel, you can enjoy our public Onsen (hot spring bath) filled with the 100% natural hot spring water, which on weekdays can be reserved in advance for private use by families and couples.
If you wish to experience an open-air bath(Roten-buro)with a spectacular view of the sunset. We can drive you to “Tomi-no-yu” located five minutes away from our hotel,
we do hope that you will make the most of your stay in Yudanaka Onsen Nagano

*At Nagano Station*
At Nagano Station, you have to change trains.
You take Naganodentetsu line for Yudanaka..
But it doesn't make a good connection at times.
So you had better consult the timetable. .
From Nagano to Yudanaka, it takes about 45 minutes by express,
or 70 minutes by local train

After leaving the Yudanaka Station pass the LAWSON supermarket on your right hand side
and follow the street biside LAWSON up the hill for about 300m. The Hotel is on your left hand side just passed the [e-store] supermarket and just before the Haiku museum.
There are several restaurants about less than 100meters away from our hotel.
You can have light dinner at 500 to 2000 yen there.
There is a convenience store (Lawson) near Yudanaka Station .It is open from 7 to 24 o'clock.

++++++Our HOTEL+++++++
We have 12 Japanese-style rooms and 9 of those rooms have their own private bath and toilet with tatami mats and all rooms have air-conditioning and TV. Amenities include soap, shampoo, yukata (light Japanese robe) etc. There are shared indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men. There is also a “family bath” which means a family can hang a sign outside of a hot spring bath and bathe privately. Local, seasonal cuisine is served at Shimaya Ryokan.

Dinner is offered upon request. (make sure to order once confirming your booking through your booking service, prices vary) Breakfast on the following day can be prepared if you ask for it when you check-in. (Japanese1300Yen per person ) (Westen 800Yen per person.)

Check-in: after 3:00 pm
Check-out: before 10:00 am
Free parking is available.

Shimaya Ryokan Yudanaka Review 2008
I stayed at Shimaya Ryokan in Yudanaka for several nights this winter in January and I have high praise for the husband and wife team that run this facility. Ichirou Yumoto (man) and Mitsue (wife) are very welcoming hosts! By prior arrangement Ichirou met my mid-afternoon express train at the Yudanaka Station and delivered me directly to Shimaya. While we were making this short journey he asked if I would like to go to the Snow Monkey Park that afternoon . . . if so, he’d be glad to drive me. I said, “Yes!”
I was glad I did this because the winter weather in Yudanaka can change quickly and next morning it was snowing and it would have been difficult to photograph the monkeys in snowy conditions. No matter what my questions, or need for local transportation, Ichirou was there to assist. He suggested a small restaurant about 1 block away that serves pork cutlet as a specialty . . . it was very good and the food there was reasonably priced too.
Ichirou and Mitsue’s hospitality was amply demonstrated when they prepared an authentic Japanese feast for me one evening. This meal was easily the most memorable one of my two week trip to Japan. Ichirou suggested that I dress in authentic Japanese garb which made the evening even more festive.
Shimaya itself is a rectangular concrete structure of three stories height, plus a basement where there’s a player piano and where breakfast is served. The ground floor consists of reception, small seating area, kitchen and down a corridor the indoor thermal pools and private dining rooms (one of which I had for my Japanese feast). Upstairs are the guest rooms and mine was on the top floor.
When I used one of the thermal pools one evening I had it all to myself allowing me to quietly reflect on my excellent experiences in Yudanaka.
My room was Japanese style with a futon on the tatami mat floor. By Japanese standards this room was very good sized. Near the main window was a carpeted area with sink and on the side opposite the sink, a door leading to the toilet. This area where the sink was located could be screened off by sliding doors with paper inset into the wood frame. In a separate room to the right as you entered from the outside corridor was a deep bath and shower. There was on the floor seating at low table and the cushioned “chairs” had backs on them, but no legs owing to the typically low dining like table height.
In the winter when I was there, the common areas including hallways can be quite cool/cold to those who are used to living in 72°F or 22°C temperatures. My room was heated by an electronically controlled heater that burned a fluid that I’m guessing was kerosene. The futon had a thick well insulated top, but cover was quite light being filled, perhaps, by goose down that kept me comfortably warm at night.
I found that the toilet area could be quite cold if the door to it was kept closed due to no heating there and north facing walls. During the first night that I used it steam came from my stream as I relieved myself.
So, my overall analysis of Shimaya? Pros: Definitely the proprietors, Ichirou and Mitsue thank you so much for your hospitality. The free transportation to Monkey Park (twice both ways) was very much welcomed especially in cold and snowy conditions that existed while I was there. Ditto transportation to and from the Yudanaka Station. The Japanese feast they prepared for me was excellent as were Ichirou’s suggestions regarding local eating, etc. Also they have a good inventory of rubber boots that they happily lend to their customers which came in very hand on the icy path to the Monkey Park. Cons: Areas of the Ryokan can be chilly in winter and the appearance of corridors and stairway is basic concrete.
Conclusion? High praise for this reasonably priced facility with a nightly rate for the room of 8,500 Yen per night in January 2008. Would I stay there again? Definitely!
Also, while you’re in Yudanaka make sure and see the Monkey Park! A large number of Snow Monkeys freely come and go to the hot pools in winter. Really an amazing experience and I was fortunate to run into several professional photographers there as well as a documentary team from the BBC that is doing a show about the four seasons and the Snow Monkeys. I understand that the monkeys spend the night in trees in the rugged mountainous terrain above the river and hot pools.
Best regards,
Joel Otte
Ellerslie, Auckland New Zealand

********Snow Monkey Park********
The monkeys enjoy bathing especially during the cold winter months, when the air temperature drops below freezing and the valley is covered by a thick layer of snow. But even in the summer they take occasional baths, sometimes allured by food thrown into the pool by park wardens.

Snow Monkey Photo Exhibition
--Monkeys of snow valley--
2008.12.19 Fri~2009.3.31 Tue
Do you know there is a huge photography exhibit going on at the Shiga-kogen Roman Museum near here?
Ten photographers who love the Monkey Park contributed their work on the Snow Monkey.
It is very informative and you might enjoy the one hundred eleven images of the monkeys shown there now.
The museum is on the way to the Monkey Park.
If you wish to spend some time at the museum, I can come back to fetch you later.

++++++Located Near+++++
Guest's Comments

Obuse attraction#
*Ganshouin Temple*
Ganshoin Temple houses a painting of the Ho’o (Phenix)by the famous painter Hokusi
which was painted near the end of his life. The painting is located on the celing of the temple and is quite beautiful. Admission to the temple is 300 Yen for 1 person. There is there is also a beautiful pond and garden which is home to a variety of Frogs/toads for which the temple seems to pay homage to.
Ganshoin is a little far from the station. If you are walking it is not that difficult to get to, just follow the signs on the roads (there are many to help you set there)
the kanji for the temple is GANSHOUIN so keep a Kanji for there character in case you
get lost!
There is also a souvenir shop that sells many nice Obuse products in front of the temple. Also, if you find yourself liking Hokusai’s phoenix painting you can buy a poster of it from the gift shop in the temple itself. *Hokusai is famous for painting the picture of the waves crashing in the Japanese sea. If you wan to see more of his painting there is a Museum in Obuse called the “Hokusai Museum” which is located bout 10 minutes (walking) from the station. *Ask the Front desk (owner)of the Ryokan for an English Map of Obuse, it is very detailed and will get you were need to go!

SENSEKI-TEI is a restaurant that specializes in chestnut rice and Zaru soba
and is quiet delicious. The staff were very Friendly and helpful should you have any question about the surrounding shop/area. If you are a light eater (or don’t want to be stuffed) I recommend you get the KURIWAPPA set (1,207 Yen) which consists of chestnut rice, miso soup salad pickled vegetables, a pot of tea and egg-pudding like dish
(sorry, no soba included). There are also much larger sets that include soba, tempur and the above mentioned dishes but cost little more. There is a display in front of the restaurant of all the dishes they serve and price.
Beside the restaurant is a Gift shop that sells many sweets made from chest nuts,
as well as some chestnut rice to take back home,
#Kurinoki Terasu (sweet Shop)
Around the corner from Senseki-tei is Kirinoki-terasu which is a café/sweets shop. It’s
Mont Blanc pastries and the many varieties of teas it serves.The café is very spa
and clean and the atmosphere is very nice. Get the Mon Blanc, it’s really yummy!

One of our many reasons to travel to YUDANAKA SHIMAYA was to ski SHIGA KOUGEN And it turned out to be well worth it!
SHIGA KOGEN is easily accessible from SHIMAYA RYOKAN by catching a Shuttle Bus(\690 each way) from YUDANAKA Station you can also purchase your UPT ticket at the bus ticket window(\5,800 for all 21 ski fields-this increase a \1,000 deposit for the returnable Electronic Lift Ticket which can be returned to the bus ticket window to get your deposit back)
It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the first ski field (sun valley)and a further 30 minutes to reach YKEBITAIYAMA ski field. The bus stops at each ski field in between and during the day you can ride the shuttle between the ticket scanned by the driver when you get off.
we skied YAKEBITAIYAMA ski field as we could not drag ourselves away from the extensive terrain and long, wide runs. we found that the amount of people skiing early morning and late afternoon to be minimal-best to get the early bus to make the most of it(lift run from 8am to 4pm-a couple run to 4:30pm) the runs were well groomed and lift lines were almost non existent(due to the great electronic lift ticket system, the lack of skier and fantastic gondola’s and lifts)
At the end of awesome days skiing we returned to YUDANAKA by shuttle bus we had to catch the mountain shuttle to the terminal at sun valley where we purchased our bus ticket home & swapped buses to the YUDANAKA shuttle.
We loves YAKEBITAIYAMA and want to come back to experience the other 20 ski fields!
Thanks to Mr Yumoto foe all his help recommendation!

we went to Yomase Ski field tonight we were the only guest at the ryokan so Mr Yumoto
was kind enough to drive us up there. Its only a 10minute car ride through the scenic apple orchirds. there is an outdoor onsen about 50 meters short of the ski field that can be reached on foot bout a day on the slopes.
The ski hire is in the large building on the left as you look at the slopes. A snow board and boots was 3,500yen A tip it you need gloves don’t hire them, it’s cheaper to buy at the convenience store 990 opposite. My girl friend wasn’t skiing but was able to purchase a one way ticket up the first chair lift to the café on the slopes for 300yen.There is a road you can walk up through the café on the slope s far 300yen. there is a road you can walk up though we were discouraged. you one went to walk buck down, but as it was snowing heavily I managed to borrow a toboggan from the ski hire so ski could ride down.. The
cafe is quiet spacious and perfect for any non skiers in your group. Theses plenty of food and drink and the people watching is great. The day was fantastic with beautiful sunshine in the morning then the clouds rolled in and the snow belted down in the after noon. Take you scenic photo’s when you can as we missed out due to clouds. The chair lift had goes to the top shuts at 4:30. while the rest stay open to 5:00pm we called Mr Yumoto who kindly picked us up,. back to the Ryokan for a nice hot bath. A tip, if you find the wafer to hoot as we did, use the cold tap for a while ,it makes a huge difference you’ll love YOMASA! we were the on a Monday and there were probably only 200hudred other people on the mountain 3/32008

**Open-air bath**
If you wish to experience an open-air bath(Roten-buro)with a spectacular view of the sunset. “Tomi-no-yu” located five minutes away from our hotel,
with only \2,500 you can enjoy the excellent view of Yudanaka countryside with private bath for 50 minutes .it is highly recommended and worthwhile to pay a visit.
The private bath has an amazing and gorgeous view. If you can spare the cost, it is most definitely worth it. Definitely a memorable, unforgettable experience.

#Go hiking#
Our stay at Shimaya was fantastic! mr Yumoto is excellent host! He was very helpful with our questions and requests. We wanted to go hiking and mr Yumoto recommended the Ikemeguri Nature trail. it had beautiful views of Lake Onumaike.
before our trek ,we visited the “Jigokudan wild Monkey Park” we spent 2.5 hours at the park and trekked out to the main road and boarded the bus at Kanbayashi onsen guchi bus stop. after a 0,5 hour bus ride, we alighted at Szurikawa bus stop where we then took a lift up to Shibuike Pond. After the 7km point,the trail split into 2 directions and we took the trail in the direction of Hachiyama. After 45minut, we arrive at the Shijyuhachiike marshland. From there it was it was another 5km up and down the ridge to Lake Onumaike. There after, it took us 45minuts to reach Onumakie iriguchi. Along the way, there were many opportunities to take photos of the Lake and autumn foliage. make sure you reach the end point, Onumaike iriguchi before 4:30pm!
otherwise, it is a 2 hour wait in the dark and cold before the next bus arrives.
The walk takes rounding 4hours to complete, slightly more if you want to stop along the way for photo taking. (shannon Corinne )17October 2006

* Mt Shiranesan. 2160m.well worth a visit, *
***************** **
but be prepared to share the trails with many other people.
The Mt. Shirane massif, a dormant volcano, comes into view from the highest point on the road, some 5km before the rest house at the last stop on this bus route. It is a very popular tourist destination and food, coffee, ice cream and souvenirs are available, but as usual prices rise with altitude. A number of walk options are available and maps are free and available at the information center.
1. Shirane crater and crater lake-Yugama. This is a 10-15minute climb from the car park on a sealed pathway. The view point provides a very good overview of the crater and the blue water of Yugama, stained yellow in places by sulphur.
2. Lake Yumike Yumike Bog nature trail. This mostly board walked trail begins on the opposite side of the road to the crater trail. It takes about 15 minutes to walk the figure-of-8trail, but will take longer if you are interested in plants. These are many sundews, ferns, sedges, and other plants and the Horai-iwa rock outcrop stands guard in the background.
3. Mt. Ainomine 2110m provides a great overview of the Mt Shiranebe crater,the car park and visitor centre. It is about 15min each way. Many of the steps are badly eroded and car be a bit difficult to across the Center crater circuit.
4. Center Crater Circuit. Access either by the Mt Anomine track(30min)or by a trail departing from the return trip bus stop to the Shirane-kazan ropeway top station(15min). The track climbs fairly steeply from the road and is quite eroded and a bit rough to start, but becomes board walks towards the top. About 1.7km along this trail you will find-at around July-August-the very rare wildflower Komakusa, which is found only here and in 2 other locations in Japan. The circuit continues around counter crater and Kagamiike pond-where more flowers may be found surviving on bare, rocky ground. The cirduit is about 5.5km and takes about 1hr15min walking time. A 15min side-trip will take you from centre crater to lookout on the highest part of the trail.
Buses leave regularly from Yudanaka Station and Mt Shirane is the last stop. The trip takes abut 1hr 20min each way. You need three tickets-one to Hasuike, a daily pass which can be used to travel around beyond Hasuike, and a return ticker from Hasuike to Yudanaka, even though you travel on the same bus. The cost of the bus trip is around \2360.

ELAINE & John Holman.
Geelong, Australia.
July .2008

* Ikemeguri-Onumaike Pond Trail: Shiga Kogen area. *
~11 km, 3.5-4 hours walking time. Mountainous terrain natural rest and picturesque ponds. Mostly well protected from sun and wind. Track rough in places-strong foot-wear recommended. Insect repellent useful – mosquitoes.
Maps: `Yamanouchi Town` -not to scale, but tracks as shown-from Yumoto San.
`Shiga Kogen Trekking Map` 1:25,000 topographic, some contours-available or information centre at station-weekends only. Useful but many track inaccuracies.
Start: Oppsire Kidoike Spa
Access: By Shiga Kogen shuttle bus from Yudanaka Stasion-approx.40 min to Kidoike Spa.

The track starts to the left of the camping ground. The rough and often slippery trail climbs really 200m in the first kilometer to the beautiful little Hyotanike Ponds- a great spot to rest and recover from the climb and take some photos.(approx 35min).[The ongoing track is not shown or the topographic map, the track that is shown doesn’t exist ]
The walk to Shibuike Pond takes about 15min on a well formed track and here you will meet throngs of people who have come via the Maeyama ski tow –an alternate access to this point from Suzurikawa bus stop.
Continue past the lake on a well graded track to a fork junction.
The left trail is the Shiagayama Tozan course of about 1.5km via Mt Shiga(2035m) and Mt Urashiga(2040m) to Shijyuhati Marshlands.
The right-hand trail –Ikwemeguri- continues to a picnic shelter over-looking Shijyuhati Marshlands
Mt Hatchiyama. The marshlands are a collection of(supposedly)48 little ponds –picturesque and rich in botanical interest.
Continue across the board walk to a track junction and tori gate. To the left is the Shigayama Tozan Course, to the right the Ikemeguri course continues towards Onumaike Pond.

The track rises easily to about 1900m before descending steeply-about 300m in the 1kilometer descent to the pond (about 55min). This last section is mostly steps, badly eroded in parts and slippery so care is needed. Onumaike is once again a beautiful sight in picturesque setting and is presumably part of the local water supply system. There are toilets and a coffee shop near the beach area and a ‘floating’ tori gate below a small shrine on a headland . A very popular spot.
Continue around the shoreline to the foot of the lake(15min) where the trail becomes an unsealed road. beside the Yokoyu River. After about 1.5km (25min) a foot track leads off to the right.[An earlier track to the right is dosed] This provides a shorter, more interesting although a bit rough alternative to the road(20min).
Turn left on reaching the road to toilets, car park and bus stop. You can catch the return bus from here or continue on.
The next section of track begins at the back of the car park. It’s mostly an elevated boardwalk which climbs through natural mossy forest and across large jumbles of rocks. Very different from the rest of the track and some interesting plants along the way. Take care-boards are narrow and could be slippery when wet. The trail eventually comes out on a ski run. Cross this to a narrow road which leads down to
the main road. Watch out for the local troupe of macaque monkeys (40min).(NB.Track not on Yamanouchi Town mop )Follow the main road right for about 1km to the Hausuike bus station for your return trip, to Yudanaka.

Elaine & john Holman
Goolong Australia
July 2008

*I f you visit YUDANAKA in April, we would recommend you visit Suzaka *
City to see the beautiful cherry blossom tree (Sakura) in Garyu Park. This is one of the top 100 places to see cherry blossom in Japan. It was really pretty with the trees overlooking a large lake and bridges going over the water for most of April, there is a festival at the park. We went on a Sunday and it was packed with Japanese people having picnics under the trees. There were also lots of food stalls selling unusual delicacies. It had the feeling of a small carnival. Not only were the blossoms beautiful, but it also giving you a glimpse of Japanese culture. (S.N London UK)
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