Nukumorino-yado literally means ‘warmth inn’ – and the Komanoyu epitomises this perfectly. An impeccably-run, authentic guesthouse, deep in the Kiso Valley – there are few better places to enjoy the genuine hospitality of a traditional Japanese ryokan than here. When the weather allows, free stargazing trips happen each night to truly take advantage of the unspoiled celestial views.
Located only 10-minutes from Kiso-Fukushima station, one of the post stations on the ancient Nakasendo Way, guests can be picked up after their day of exploring the well-preserved towns in this incredibly scenic part of central Japan. If you’re not too exhausted from a day of hiking, the local area around Komanoyu is picturesque and worthy of investigation too. If the walk left you enervated though, outdoor and indoor onsen baths will help rejuvenate you through a combination of minerals, herbs and just-about-right hot water. The rustic rooms are in keeping with the ambience found in the rest of the property, though its worth noting that the WiFi may not reach you as you lie in your comfy futon bed. A reading room and lounge area are available however, still connected to the 21st century, but we would highly recommend some tech-free solitude while you can get it. The included evening meal is divine, gleefully prioritising substance and taste over style and presentation. Better still, and unlike a lot of places, most dietary requirements can be catered to with enough advanced notice.