2011年1月アーカイブ

2011/01/14

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Kawaichiya Ryokan is located 4 mins away from the Nozawa Onsen bus stop, albeit at the bottom of a slightly steep slope. The walk down, particularly on a snowy day, can be pretty icy and slippery, however, one cannot simply judge this fantastic ryokan based solely on its disadvantageous location. The host/owner of the place, Kono-san, is a Japanese man who inherited the ryokan from his father, ensuring that the business remains in the family and thus enforcing a high level of service quality throughout the accommodation. Warm and hospitable, he always seeks to address our every need and problem, going out of the way to ensure that the we are comfortable. On first arrival, he even explained the layout of the village and introduced us to the good restaurant places and ski lifts one can access. The ryokan's links to a certain ski rental store means that guests can rent equipment at grossly under priced rates (1000 yen/day) too. Moments before leaving for the bus, we raised the issue of the slippery slope posing problems given how we struggled to get down earlier in the day. Kono-san simply nodded and told us to wait at the lobby, then he told a staff member to attend to our needs. The burly man stalked out and reappeared with a mini-van at the entrance. He then proceeded to store our luggages in the boot and promptly told us to hop in. Then, he drove us all the way to the train station, a good 15-20 min away. We tried to tip him after getting out, but he vehemently declined our offers.

On the matter of food, the free breakfast is pretty average with rice, hotpot and a mishmash of condiments in the usual bento box. However, dinner was spectacular- lovely marbled beef sliced in large cubes and simmered over a hotplate, a pan fried saba fish, delicately sweet horse meat sashimi, steamed chawanmushi and a hotpot soup. The food was so much that we could not finish our platter, a first in our culinary adventures in Japan.

In our 3 nights there, we slept in the japanese styled room with personal toilets. The room was slightly old with slight stains on the carpeted areas and an antiqued air conditioner/ heater. However, the room was warm enough and the mattresses and quills that we slept in were very comfortable and clean.

In all, we definitely enjoyed our stay in the ryokan and our holiday in Nozawa Onsen and this was largely due to Kono-san's hospitality and warmth.




長野県信州の湯宿 野沢温泉河一屋旅館

Nozawa onsen Kawaichiya ryokan

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