Enjoy the nine different baths at our hotel Welcome to KOKUYA

Kokuya is a traditional Japanese-style inn located right in the heart of mainland Japan—in a town famous for monkeys bathing in snowy hot springs. Our hotel was established in 1625 and is currently overseen by the 16th generation of owners, making it one of the oldest hotels in Japan. We are passionate about providing the authentic hot spring experience, and all of the baths in our hotel use free-flowing hot spring water. We also own six different spring sources, and our guests can enjoy our nine indoor baths with a total of 16 tubs. Our full-course kaiseki meals are made from local ingredients, and the dishes served changed every month so as to express the essence of the season. Our meals are especially popular with guests from overseas.

Hot spring water wells up straight from the source underneath our hotel
Original dishes with local ingredients
Rooms with open-air baths with free-flowing hot spring water
Special room Kuon Limited to one group per day An elegant space

SightseeingSightseeing spots around Kokuya

  • Snow Monkey Park
    Snow Monkey Park
    About 300 wild monkeys live in this park. Don't worry, they are used to humans! You may find it humorous to see monkeys pleasantly bathing in an open-air bath. Pictures of monkeys like you don’t see every day are on display at the park's main office.
  • Zenkoji Temple
    Zenkoji Temple
    The temple is a famous tourist destination. Its main hall is a designated national treasure. Zenkoji has a history of over 1,400 years. It is said that visiting this temple once in your life grants Gokuraku Ojo—Buddhist paradise.
  • Obuse
    Obuse is the town of chestnuts, Hokusai, and flowers.
    The town has many highlights, including a Hokusai museum exhibiting paintings, sketches, and letters that Hokusai produced while in Obuse, and Gansho-in Temple, where Happo Nirami Ho-O Zu—one of Hokusai’s greatest works in his later life—is on display.
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AccessEasy to access from Tokyo

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~2h. 30min. from Tokyo Station to Kokuya
To get to Kokuya, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to JR Nagano Station, then transfer to the Nagano Electric Railway Express and get off at Yudanaka Station. A free shuttle bus is available from the station starting at 15:00.
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15:00(Check-in closes at 19:00. The latest starting time for dinner service is 19:00. Please contact us if you will be arriving after 19:00.)
Rooms with en suite open-air baths: 10
Standard rooms: 9 (All rooms have en suite restrooms with bidets)
Large bathing areas
The men’s and ladies’ baths rotate. The baths are open 24 hours a day.
Open-air bath
There are three open-air baths. The men’s and ladies’ baths rotate. The baths are open 24 hours a day.
Baths for private use
Free open-air bath for private use: 1
Free indoor bath for private use: 1
Paid open-air baths for private use: 2 (1,000 yen/hour excl. tax)
Restaurants and Dining Areas
Choseian, Yawaragi, and a banquet hall
Wi-fiFree Wi-Fi available
Free parking with space for 20 cars
Free shuttle bus
A free shuttle bus from Yudanaka Station is available starting at 15:00. Please let us know in advance what time you will be arriving at the station.
We have English-speaking staff.
Accepted credit cards
JCB, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, UC, DC, NICOS, UFJ, Saison
Cancellation fees
Same-day/No-show: 100% room charge
The day before: 50% of room charge
2 to 7 days before: 20% of room charge
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  • Paradise of the monkeys Jigokudani yaen-koen
  • Free Wi-Fi is available here at KOKUYA
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