The Ryokan Sakaya is situated within the central Nozawa Onsen village known for its famed onsen resorts. Passed on from one generation to the next, this ryokan has been a family business for over 17 generations. A tribute to its heritage, elements of Japanese architecture are hard to miss throughout the establishment.
Guests will enjoy their rotenburo, an open-air bathing facility meant for the enjoyment of seasonal changes and a relaxing taste of the great outdoors. In this area, natural hot spring waters can still be found flowing abundantly underground. No matter the time of year, guests will feel welcome at the Ryokan Sakaya, where everything from the hospitality to the cuisine, winter-time skiing and other outdoor activities are top-notch!
Osanpo tour (Walking tour held daily)
Learn about the Nozawa Onsen district from a local! Available for all Ryokan Sakaya guests, the daily walking tour starts at 4:30PM and introduces Nozawa Onsen’s thirteen hot spring bathing facilities, as well as a popular “power spot onsen” with waters bubbling at nearly boiling point!
Guests will also be shown the Ogama “village kitchen” where locals utilize the different natural origin hot water sources as means of washing and cooking various meals. Walk along O-Yu Dori and get to know where the souvenir shops, bars, and eateries are – we recommend taking part in the osanpo tour in your yukata!
Nozawa’s onsen hotsprings are all-natural and comprise of two separate onsen sources. Bathing facilities are available 24 hours at Ryokan Sakaya, giving our guests no excuse to miss out on an authentic Japanese onsen experience. You’ll be stunned at how soothing it is to soak – and your skin will thank you for it!
At Ryokan Sakaya, we place an emphasis on using seasonal ingredients to share local delicacies. In our cooking, we use wild plants and mushrooms harvested directly from local grounds. The region boasts soils rich in nutrition, enabling farmers to grow delicious vegetables perfect for the modern Japanese cuisine (with just a touch of strong and bold!) that we serve! As the seasons change, the dishes we serve are adjusted to highlight freshness and flavors.
(Image is representative of seasonal cooking – actual dishes served may differ from image)
St. Anton embodies a design ethos centered on simple, understated luxury while delivering authenticity and individuality. Located right in the city center, St. Anton is a classic, European-style hotel with a touch of Japanese essence. The hotel features refurbished rooms, each fully equipped with a warm, rustic decor and historically-themed accents. The hotel features a wide range of on-site facilities and services, including a restaurant, bar, onsen (Japanese hot spring), ion bath, ski rentals, and more.
With craftman designs and elements of the owner’s creativity, each room is designed differently for guests to experience the unique combination of tradition and modernity. All rooms are non-smoking, so kick back and relax as you bask in the peaceful serenity of our rooms!
While some rooms are furnished with separate bathroom and/or private shower, please keep in mind that some rooms share bathrooms (including the toilet and bath/shower). Most rooms are also equipped with a hair dryer, TV, and phone.
St. Anton is proud to serve imaginative European and Japanese cuisine that is sure to please every palate! Meals at Haus St. Anton feature an enticing menu offering a fusion of both Japanese and Western tastes – don’t forget to sample the variety of homemade jams and juices during the delectable hot breakfast!
Enjoy both indoor and open-air baths filled to the brim with naturally-sourced hot water springs that flow freely from our inn! Established in 1912, the Naraya Inn has thrived as a ryokan designed in the style of a private Japanese house. Step inside and bask in the Naraya Inn’s traditional atmosphere that simply can’t be replicated anywhere else!
At Naraya, the cuisine focuses on rustic, homemade Japanese cuisine with an emphasis on the seasonable blessings from the mountains. Since guests often come a long way to reach Nozawa Onsen, we make it a point to serve dishes that are specific to the region. Various cuisine courses are available for guests to take advantage of the season’s offerings and fresh flavors unique to our mountain village in Nagano Prefecture.
Our indoor bath boasts a high ceiling and is a perfect starter before stepping out to our traditional outdoor bath called the rotenburo. Experience the beauty of Nozawa Onsen throughout the year – at our our large open-air bath! During the spring months, Japanese bush warblers are a common guest while in the summer, you’ll be captivated by the fireflies illuminating the night. As the temperatures cool and leaves turn, enjoy the crimson mountains of autumn which will eventually turn white as you simmer in the hot water amidst the snow.