Since discovering Kashiwaya Ryokan in 2004, I have made sure to visit this amazing oasis hidden in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture. This family-run ryokan provides a traditional Japanese onsen experience with options to experience private or public onsen on the premises. The rooms are well cared for, the onsen clean and inviting. I highly recommend the breakfast and dinner packages as the food is delicious! Whether you choose the traditional or the western style meals, they are full of flavour and made with quality ingredients.
I recommend Kashiwaya to all my friends and family who plan trips to Japan. With family and friends I have visited during the winter and during the summer and both were magical experiences for different reasons; sitting in an outdoor onsen while it snows OR enjoying the lush green summer foliage while soaking in the onsen. (^.^)
I can wait for my next Japan trip and to include another visit to my favourite Ryokan!