Hotel Review: Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu

Established in 1887, Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu is actually Matsumoto's oldest hotel and we stayed there hotel for one night as part of a road trip around central/northern Honshu. The hotel was easy to locate and is very close to Matsumoto Castle and within walking distance of Matsumoto Station as well as a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants.

The castle looked absolutely stunning when we visited at dusk:

We were given welcome drinks on check-in and the staff were incredibly kind and friendly, they also spoke very good English. We were offered the option to upgrade our room for 2000yen but declined this as we were on a budget. The man who checked us in insisted on carrying my suitcase at all times and also parked our car for us in the carpark which costs 540 yen per day. The hotel has a rather quirky layout and whilst our room was in the main part of the hotel there is also an annex and the onsen is in the basement although we did not use this.

Our room was large and classic (although had clearly been renovated recently) and we could see the mountains out of the window. The room had all the amenities we needed and more, and as with all Japanese hotels was absolutely spotless. The bed was one of the comfiest I have ever slept in and we had a very good and long night's sleep.

We absolutely adored Matsumoto and if we ever return I would definitely choose to stay here. This was the view we woke to:


+81 0263 32 0114

390-0874 Nagano,
Ote 4-8-9,