Hoshino KAI Matsumoto

Matsumoto, Japan

At a Glance

  • Exclusive deluxe ryokan with a high standard of Japanese-style accommodation

  • Eight different hot spring baths fed by the famous Asama Hot Spring

  • Exquisite Japanese cuisine and multi-course kaiseki dining

  • Nightly jazz and classical music concerts

  • Just a ten minute drive from Matsumoto Castle this property is centrally located.

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Japan has four seasons, similar to the UK and is best visited in spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. December to January can be cold with snow and the summer is hot and humid. The end of March and early April is a particularly good time to visit as this is the cherry blossom season as is October for the autumn colours.

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Offering exclusive and deluxe Japanese-style accommodation, the Hoshino KAI Matsumoto is a boutique hot spring ryokan, serving exquisite Japanese cuisine, where you can relax away any tension in the hot spring baths and enjoy nightly music concerts.

KAI Matsumoto offers guests the chance to immerse themselves in authentic Japanese culture in both style and luxury. Part of the KAI brand of deluxe boutique hot springs ryokan, KAI Matsumoto celebrates regional craftsmanship and stylish contemporary Japanese design. The spacious Japanese-style rooms offer the option for a private outdoor hot spring bath, while some enjoy spectacular views of the Japanese Alps. The superb Japanese cuisine is prepared from fresh local ingredients and the hot spring baths are fed from the famous Asama Hot Spring, which was once popular with the feudal lords that used to live in Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto has long been a city of music and in light of this the ryokan holds nightly concerts for guests to enjoy.

There is a total of 26 rooms, 15 of which include a private outdoor hot spring bath and one which includes a sauna. Each room is beautifully and tastefully-furnished with tatami mats, low furniture, fusuma sliding doors and stunning artwork. Standard amenities include Wi-Fi, TV, en-suite bathroom with yukata linen robes, wrapping cloth for carrying personal items, luxury mattress, safe, air purifier, fridge, kettle and hair dryer. All food served is Japanese, beautifully-presented and created using fresh local ingredients. The traditional multi-course kaiseki dining is a wonderful indulgence (room rates are on a half-board basis).

Guests can relax in one of the eight indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, before relaxing in the Yuagari Lounge with a cool drink. Massages are available on request. Each evening guests can enjoy a classical or jazz music concert held in the large lobby. This huge space enjoys excellent acoustics and during the concert regional wines and snacks are available from the Shinsu Wine Bar. For those looking to immerse themselves in Japanese culture in both style and comfort, KAI Matsumoto is highly recommended.

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Children are welcome at the ryokan although there are no specific childcare facilities available.


The hotel has eight different types of hot spring bath, both indoor and outdoor, along with a relaxation lounge. The large lobby hosts nightly jazz and classical music concerts.


The KAI Matsumoto is well-located for enjoying the sights of Matsumoto and the surrounding area. The 16th century Matsumoto Castle is a 15-minute drive away; the Japanese Ukiyo-e Museum is a 25-minute drive, while Kamikochi is an hour away.


  • Azumino Day Trip

    Enjoy a day trip to Azumino, surrounded by stunning nature and flanked by the beautiful mountains. Visit Hotaka Shrine and learn about their culture. Proceed to Hotaka's famous Foot Hot Spring.

  • Matsumoto Full Day Exploration

    Enjoy a fun day of exploration in Matsumoto! First visit a wasabi farm before heading to the beautiful Matsumoto Castle. Stroll along the charming streets of town and explore the traditional shops.

  • Nakasendo Trail - Magome to Tsumago

    Hike a section along the Nakasendo Trail that ran along the Kiso Valley, connecting Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period. Today, you will be passing through the well-maintained section of the trail from Magome to Tsumago.

  • Stunning Alpine Trek in Kamikochi

    Go on an easy trek in Kamikochi, known as the gateway to the Japanese Alps. Revel in the beauty of the alpine flowers or autumn hues of colour and if you are lucky, catch sightings of wild animals like monkeys or different species of birds.

Location & directions

Matsumoto, Japan

The journey time from Tokyo by train is two-hours 30-minutes and the ryokan is a 15-minute drive from Matsumoto Station.

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