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  • The charming onsen footbath near the entrance.
  • The two large onsen are switched daily so there is an opportunity to use both
  • Great location for access to the snow, just a five-minute walk to the Yu Road moving walkway and about an ten minute walk to the Nagasaka Gondola
  • Guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner in traditional private dining rooms.

Scout tips

  • Most rooms look to the village and neighbouring buildings
  • The economy rooms have “older plumbing”
  • Japanese breakfasts are served on the first morning and then western breakfasts can be requested.
  • Traditional kaiseki dinners are served.  Bookings are essential
  • TVs in the rooms have Japanese channels only
  • Tokiwaya is a very authentic Japanese experience which may pose challenges to some travellers. Read our story about Staying in a Japanese hotel.

SCOUT REVIEW

With a 370-year-old history Tokiwaya Ryokan is a traditional ryokan which is known to be one of Japan’s oldest.  This heritage site is centrally located on Oyudori (Nozawa’s main street) right in the heart of the  Nozawa Onsen village. If you are looking to immerse yourself in Japanese culture it will not disappoint.

There is a feeling of history as you walk into Tokiwaya Ryokan.  There is an onsen foot bath with natural hot spring water near the entry to soak your weary feet after a day on the slopes.  There are historical relics, arts and crafts as well as a shrine displayed in the lobby.  Yet, while traditional, Tokiwaya has an inviting, relaxed atmosphere.  Guests walk around the ryokan dressed their yukata robes, heading to or having enjoyed one of the onsite onsens. There is complimentary coffee offered in the lobby each morning as well as a bar which serves locally brewed beer.

The rooms at Tokiwaya Ryokan are all beautifully decorated in traditional Japanese style with tatami matting, rice paper screens and futon (a few rooms have western twin beds). Even the smallest rooms are relatively spacious, particularly by Japanese standards and all rooms have full en-suite facilities.

The onsen facilities at Tokiwaya are excellent and while they don’t have any outdoor onsen, there are two large indoor natural onsens which are very well known in the area for different healing properties.  Men’s and women’s onsens are alternated daily so you can experience both onsens.

Breakfast at Tokiwaya Ryokan is an experience in itself.  Breakfast is served in private dining rooms with traditional low tables and floor chairs.  Japanese breakfast is served on the first morning, after that western breakfasts can be requested.  Dinner can also be enjoyed at the hotel but bookings are required.  Tokiwaya Ryokan serves the traditional kaiseki multi-course Japanese dinner which is a must to experience during your stay. 

Who should stay here

Tokiwaya Ryokan is for those looking for an authentic Japanese experience in the heart of Nozawa Onsen.

Available: This selection is currently available for this price. Once you submit an inquiry our agents will confirm your booking via email and send you an invoice for a deposit. You will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking.

On Request: Our agents need to confirm availability of this room. Once you submit a request we will endeavour to get back to you by the next business day to confirm availability (some properties may take longer). If prices are listed they are the exact prices for your dates, room selection and room occupancy. Where prices are not listed we will confirm the price when we confirm availability. In either instance, you are not committed to your selection until after we confirm availability and price. Once you agree to that confirmation, you will be sent an invoice and will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking. If your requested room is not available, we will present alternative options.

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