Nakamatsuya Ryokan

About us

Welcome to Bessho Onsen.
This hot spring resort is located in Ueda, the centre of between Tokyo and Kyoto.
Ideally situated for easy access, it can be reached from Tokyo in only 90 minutes by train.
Ueda Castle, occupied approximately 400 years ago by Sanada Yukimura,one of Japan's most famous Samurai, nurtured the development of history and culture in the surrounding castle town.
You can experience Not only there are many valable and histrical culturel assest can be found also a variety of pleasures and activities to be experienced each season, such as taking in the local seasonal landscape in open air baths, picking seasonal fruits and skiing and other sports in the winter in the city.
It is noteworthy that Nagano's famous sightseeing areas such as Hakuba, Karuizawa, and Matsumoto can all be reached in approximately one hour by car from Ueda city as well as connected by public transportations.
Snow monkey or Shopping in Karuizawa also easily accessible.

1,400-year-old historical hot spring resort of Bessho Onsen is traditionally called 'Sacred Onsen resort blessed by the Sun & the Land' is located only 30 minutes by local train from Ueda sta.
A lot of tourists visit all year round for its excellent quality of hot spring water, as well as for the spiritual and traditional temples and shrines that offer an elegant Japanese feel with real local wind.
Nakamatsuya Ryokan suggests your unforgettable stay for enjoying Japanese experiences by relaxing with hot springs, dining on Kaiseki cuisine with local ingredients, and real Japanese night wering Yukata and sleeping on tatami mat with Japanese Ryokan atmosphere.



・Tokyo to Ueda : Approx.90min by Hokuriku Shinkansen.
・Nagoya to Ueda : Approx.210min by Shinano Liited Express and Shinano Tetsudo Line.
・Kanazawa to Ueda : Approx.100min by Hokuriku Shinkansen.
・Ueda to Bessho Onsen st. : Approx.30min by Bessho Local Line.


Bessho Onsen was written about in the 10th century in the famous Japanese historical collection of essays, The Pillow Book.
Of course, there are more several historical backgrounds or legends in this region.
Therefore, One thousand years later and Bessho Onsen is still a beloved place where visitors can relax in peace while gazing out over the lush mountains and rural landscape.
Although located near Tokyo, here one can appreciate the wonders of rural Japan and the beauty of the seasons' changing colors.

  • The Castle Blooming with Sakura

    The Castle Blooming with Sakura

    Japan's most well-known flower, Sakura, is used in Ueda city's logo. Every year in mid-April, 400,000 visitors come to the Ueda Castle Senbon Sakura Festival, where 1,000 Sakura trees blossom throughout the castle grounds and are admired by festival-goers with a beer in one hand and some Takoyaki or Yakitori in the other. Udon and Tempura dishes made using the wild vegetables found only in this area are also valuable to taste.

  • The Sun and the Green Land

    The Sun and the Green Land

    During the day, the warm sunlight bathes the land, and hikers and trekkers admire the rural landscape of mountain roads surrounded by sparkling green mountains and rice paddies. Just quietly hear the sound of the night. Chirping and whirring of insects all your around. John Lennon's favored summer resort, Karuizawa, is only one hour away by car.

  • Glitter of Golden Harvest

    Glitter of Golden Harvest

    The picturesque mountains colored red and yellow is a wondrous sight. Almost as if all the ancient village has worn brilliant party dress. The 1200 year-old Aizen katsura tree's leaves turn yellow; the trees near Shogunzuka change to crimson; and many other trees besides display their bright colors to the passerby. The rice paddies ready for harvest reflect the sun's rays and paint the countryside with a golden hue. Surely the harvest in autumn makes a lot of seasonal local vegetables and mushrooms that give you an great appetite.

  • Pleasant Sensation of a Brisk Morning

    Pleasant Sensation of a Brisk Morning

    Winter season brings an enjoyable crisp coldness and on rare occasions presents a snowscape of purity and elegance. Definitely, this is the best season to soak our remarkable quality of Onsen. Just make your body warm, make you feel your heart warm. Tourists can enjoy the season skiing and doing winter sports at Ueda city's ski resort. Jigokudani Yaen-koen well known for Onsen bathing Snow monkeys are only 90 minutes away by car.

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    Experience Japanese culture at this inn with all tatami rooms.

    Welcome to Nakamatsuya Ryokan.
    Nakamatsuya Ryokan is a pure Japanese style inn with all tatami rooms, established in the Edo period.
    Its history spans over 280 years, over which time it has been patronized by countless vistors.
    The building's interior, with its tatami matted rooms, decorated with flowers from the fields, provides a healing, soothing space.
    Both rock and cypress style open air baths are available, as well as a large public bath on the top floor.
    From the baths, guests can enjoy Bessho Onsen's finest vista; an unbroken view of the many beautiful mountains, including Mount Asama, as well as the Ueda Basin.
    We promise that guests will deeply enjoy the Japanese history and culture on offer during their stay.

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    Our kominka (traditional Japanese home) suite rooms give guests a taste of history and allow them to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Entrances to the tatami guest rooms from the hallway.
    Even young people and the elderly will not need slippers, and can spend their time barefoot.
    Whether husband and wife, couple, family or lodger, we offer rooms from 10 to 14 tatami mats in size, according to the size of the party, and our kominka suite rooms are also available to give guests a taste of history.
    The suite rooms contain a twin bed and an attached onsen room, using free-flowing water sourced entirely from a hot spring.
    There are rooms with views such as the Kitamuki Kannon temple and the Shinshu mountains, allowing guests to enjoy both nature and history.

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    Guests can enjoy a taste of Shinshu with our seasonal Japanese cuisine.

    Nagano Prefecture, a high altitude area surrounded by mountains.
    Nagano Prefecture is a producing area of highland vegetables, nourished by its clear air and snow meltwater.
    Guests can enjoy beautifully colored, richly fragrant, high quality cuisine made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

    Our Japanese style restaurant offers semi private rooms as well as a room that can be used by a large number of people.
    In the large hall, an impressive fusumae (traditional Japanese sliding screen painting) depicts the Uedan military commander Sanada Yukimura and his legendary ten braves.
    Other rooms contain fusumae depicting other legends.
    We hope guests will enjoy our food, filled with Shinshu ingredients, in this room brimming with the history and legends of Ueda.

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    Bath with a view,
    bath that can be reserved and enjoyed privately.

    Bessho Onsen, the oldest onsen in Shinshu, with 1400 years of history.
    The water quality is weakly alkaline (pH 8-9), meaning it can be safely used even by babies with sensitive skin.
    The baths on the seventh floor provide a beautiful view of a national park containing many mountains, including Mount Asama, as well as the Ueda Basin; scenery that will free visitor's hearts and heal their day to day fatigue.
    Two baths are available for reservations. Both families with children and couples can enjoy a relaxing bathing experience.
    Amenities such as baby baths and toys are available for babies and children.
    * Entry to the baths for reservation is by stairs.

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    Karaoke, a historic walk and a cafe are among the other services that can be enjoyed.

    Nakamatsuya Ryokan has a karaoke room where guests can sing while enjoying soft or alcoholic drinks.
    A wheelchair is available for guests who do not have full use of their legs.
    Local specialty products of the Ueda area, as well as original Bessho Onsen products, are available as souvenirs.
    Upon arrival, coffee can be enjoyed in the lounge.
    The popular tourist spots of the Kitamuki Kannon, Anrakuji and Jurakuji temples are, respectively, three, five, and seven minutes away.
    The hot spring district of the town also has a cafe, so guests can get a taste of Japanese culture while they take a stroll.
    Nakamatsuya Ryokan can also host wedding ceremonies using Japan's beloved kimono.
    We can also arrange to have kimono photos taken in local temples or Shinto shrines; please inquire if interested.