At a Glance
A small and intimate ryokan, not far from Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, where Japanese macaques can be seen bathing in and around hot spring onsens
There are both indoor and outdoor hot spring onsens at the ryoken, the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day
There are only 6 rooms, so the property feels intimate and homely
Beautiful tatami mat floors and futon beds for a truly authentic Japanese experience
From the property you can easily visit the 'snow monkeys', go hiking or cycling through the nearby countryside
A traditional ryokan with western comforts
Just a 30 minute walk to see the 'snow monkeys' or a short drive
Best time to Visit
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Japan kicks off its year with cold winter days and the odd snowfall. Although temperatures occasionally drop below freezing, winter (December to February) is usually reasonable. Spring (March to May) brings pleasant, warm days, and, of course, cherry blossoms – early April is probably the best time to view the blooms. Summer (June to August) is hot and muggy. Late June can see torrential rains. The temperature and humidity are at their worst in August. Apart from spring, autumn (September to November) is the most pleasant season as temperatures cool down to a cosy level and days are often clear and fine. Autumn also means the return of the dramatic foliage season, when the parks and green areas of the city mellow into varying hues of orange and red.
To start planning your holiday to Jinpyokaku Honten
Established in 1901, Jinpyokaku is a historic onsen ryokan loved by many writers and artists such as
Yasunari Kawabata and Soseki Natsume. With only 6 rooms, this is a quiet and traditional option and a great base from which to explore the mountains.
Located in Kambayashi Onsen, Jinpyokaku Honten is a brilliantly located and traditional onsen ryokan in easy reach of Yudanaka and the Japanese macaques. More widely known as the 'Snow Monkeys', the Japanese macaques are often seen bathing in the hot spring onsens near Yudanaka, which are particularly photogenic in the winter when they look very relaxed. The area is also fantastic in autumn and spring.
Kambayashi Onsen sits just behind Yudanaka and is within easy reach of Tokyo by train. Jinpyokaku ryokan only has 6 rooms in total, so it has a very intimate and traditional feeling with beautiful tatami floors and futon beds. The indoor and outdoor hot spring onsens are ideal after a day our exploring the mountains on foot or by bike, and so too the delicious locally sourced food served in the evenings. Expect dishes such shinshu-gyu bee, local sake and rice grown in nearby Nagano.
The Japanese style rooms are tastefully designed with traditional tatami mat floors, futon beds and hot spring baths made out of local cypress.
Junpyokaku Honten offers transfers to and from Yudanaka Station.
Ryokans are traditionally very limited when it comes to facilities as they are often locally owned and very tradtional. At Jinpyokaku Honeten expect simple Japanese rooms, a communal but comfortable dining room, an indoor and outdoor hot spring onsen and wifi.
Family Fun in Japan
Tokyo, Yudanaka, Kanazawa & Kyoto
from £5300 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- If you travel in winter, see Japanese macaques bathe in natural hot springs. Known as Snow Monkeys, they can be seen year round but tend to bathe when it is cold
- Visit Japan's quirky 'Kiddy Land', a shopping paradise for children that includes manga, cartoons and Japanese anime
- Spend time at the Ghibli Museum. Designed by Hayao Miyazaki, this is a playful wonderland dedicated to Japanese animation that families adore
Location & directions
Jinpyokaku Honte is located in Kambayashi Onsen, near to Yudanka in the Japanese Alps. It's just a short transfer from Yudanka Station, that can be reached from Nagano. It only takes 30 minutes to walk to see the 'Snow Monkeys' in Jigokudani Monkey Park.
How to get there
Yudanka can easily be reached by train from Tokyo to Nagano, and then catching a further train on the Nagaden Nagano Line to Yudanka. Staff from Jinpyokaku will meet you at Yudanka Station for your short transfer to the ryokan.
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