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Reviewed 16 September 2017

A lovely facility midway between Tsumago and Magome. Tokonomiso is just down a short path from the far more expensive sister property, Fuki-no-mori, but you can share the facilities (onsen). They have an indoor and outdoor onsen that operates from 6am to 11pm each day. The rooms are Japanese style with tatami mats and futons. Each room has its own toilet and sink, but shower facilities are shared at Fuki-no-mori. There is a TV, safe, tea set and electric kettle/thermos, along with a toiletry kit and yakata robe. There is free and strong wifi in the lobby only.

It's not an easy place to get to, and the property was not responsive to my emails about shuttle times from Tsumago. I had to get the information centre in Magome to call on my behalf and reserve a spot on the shuttle that day. They provide a shuttle service from Tsumago (but will drop you off at Nagiso station when you depart) at 9am and 10am in the mornings and 4.10pm and 5.10pm in the afternoons. My suggestion is to stay for at least two nights, as the journey to and from Kiso Valley can be long, do that you can use the onsen the day you arrive, a full day and in the morning before you depart.

If you are driving, there are no English signs directing you to the property, so a GPS in the car or on your cellphone would be necessary to find the place. For meals which I believe are quite expensive, you need to book in advance. However, there is a communal fridge, microwave and free coffee and tea. There is nothing in the area for food, so you need to bring your own food (and utensils), if you are not ordering their meal plans. There's no supermarkets in Tsumago, but a small convenience store in Magome where you can buy food and drinks.

  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Therichpeasant
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We loved our stay here. Though the breakfast (2000¥) and dinner options (5000-6000¥) were a little over our budget, they were very special and a good way to experience a more traditional japan. We also had the multi course dinner with delicious plum wine. The staff is very communicative and try to meet your needs. The room was very clean and the futon bed was really good too. The onsen was amazing, real treat. We used the shuttle bus service to walk the nakasendo trail, which was well arranged and a recommendation as well.

Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Hannekejag
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Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

This place is magic. It is surrounded by a beautiful landscape. The rooms are clean, very big and with a super-comfortable futon. The Onsen are excellent (highly recommended) both indoor and outdoor. Looking at the stars in the freezing night while enjoying the peace and calm of the hot spring is such an unforgettable experience. But without a doubt, best strength is definitely the kind staff. Noa was super friendly and attentive guy and made our stay a pleasant surprise.

Stayed: November 2016, traveled as a couple
6  Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

thoroughly recommend this esp as you get to use the facilities of the much more expensive sister hotel Fukinomori. However its worth noting the following:
Firstly ..treat yourself to breakfast 2000¥... it's amazing! Dinner (3000¥ for bento box) is also good though proyb overpriced. However you need to book both in advance and there's no other food options as this is up a mountain!
Secondly ... the onsen is also a treat esp outside ones which I didn't spot at night but did next morning.
Thirdly ... use the star watching deck on roof if it's a clear night and fires outside if they're lit.
Lastly ... the only that pick up from town gets you there at dusk and the first shuttle to station leaves at 9 so no time to see it during day and if you don't get the 9am shuttle you'll miss the morning trains (9:50?)

Stayed: October 2016, traveled as a couple
2  Thank W13_and_beyond
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Reviewed 15 February 2016

The ryokan has a minibus service twice a day to Tsumago. It's a modern comfortable ryokan with outdoor hot tubs. The dining is an excellent experience, but cost as much as the room. Worth it for treating yourself!

  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled solo
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5  Thank angusmallorca
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