Meet with the private driver this morning at the hotel and transfer to Tokyo Station. Board the iconic Hokuriku bullet train to Nagano, and travel in style with gran class seats, comparable to first class plane tickets and their elite service. Upon arrival, meet the private driver and transfer to the small town of Shibu Onsen.
Kokuya is a time-honoured Japanese hotel (Ryokan) with a 400-year-old history. With the current owner representing the 16th generation to manage Kokuya, the hotel radiates class and tradition. The Kokuya has six different, 100% natural hot springs, that are rich in therapeutic minerals benefitting muscles, joints, and skin.
Kokuya is located on the Shibu Onsen ‘spa street’, featuring nine public onsen. Be sure to notice the typical scenery, full of locals in their yukata, -light robes as they head for a soothing bath nearby.
At dinnertime, enjoy a kaiseki, -a Japanese traditional meal, consisting of eleven dishes. Made up of seasonal ingredients, only the freshest local Nagano products are used in its preparation.
Distance and journey time (approximation):
JR Tokyo Station to Shibu Onsen (by train and car): 2.5 hours
Overnight in Shibu Onsen at Kokuya Ryokan 5 Stars (Deluxe)