10 Hotels You Must Stay in Nagano

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Nagano is Japan’s starting point to what is known as the Japanese Alps. The nearby ski areas and mountain trails bring more tourists and travelers to this city. Facilities of the 1998 Winter Olympic event remain operating for the public. With this, the hotel industry of the city continues to thrive and provide the best of hotel accommodations.

If you are on a budget or you choose to splurge on your hotel, this list will give you a view of the backpacking, midrange, to high-end hotels in the city.

1. Hotel Metropolitan Nagano

Located conveniently near JR Nagano Station, this hotel is an impressive building that you cannot miss. The lobby is a statement of grandeur as you gaze above the high ceilings adorned with chandeliers and ornaments. The rooms are spacious and clean. This hotel has 235 rooms that vary from standard to suite rooms that would simply amaze you. The Hotel Metropolitan Nagano also has five restaurants and a ballroom that could accommodate up to 1,000 people for gatherings.


  • Name: Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
  • Address: 1346 Minami-ishido-cho Nagano City, 380-0824, Japan
  • Price: ¥ 6000 – ¥ 36,000
  • Access:
  • Opening hour: 24/7
  • Holiday: +81 26 291 7000
  • Website: www.hotelmetropolitan-nagano.jp

2. Hotel JAL City Nagano

Hotel JAL City Nagano stands tall at 16 stories with 242 rooms to boast. If you are lucky enough to be housed on one of the top floors, you will have a 360-degree view of the city and the beautiful landscape Nagano. The hotel is very near the business areas and major tourist spots in Nagano. This place is perfect for business travelers or those who visits the nearby tourist areas.


  • Name: JAL City Nagano
  • Address: Japan, 〒380-0834 Nagano Prefecture, Nagano, 鶴賀問御所町1221
  • Price: starting at ¥ 7000 – ¥ 15000
  • Opening hour: 24/7
  • Phone: +81 26-225-1131
  • Website: http://www.nagano.jalcity.co.jp/

3. Comfort Hotel Nagano

This hotel is minutes from the Nagano station and is very near the Big Hat and M-Wave. These are the two sports venues that remained open after the 1998 Winter Olympics. Compared to the first two hotels in the list, Comfort Hotel is a chain of hotels around the world that offer affordable accommodation. For the budgeted traveler, this hotel is not very fancy, but it will serve its purpose if you just need a plain bed and breakfast for your stay.


  • Name: Comfort Hotel Nagano
  • Address: 1-12-4 Minamichitose, Nagano 380-0823, Nagano Prefecture
  • Price: Starting At – ¥ 5800 – ¥ 8000
  • Opening hour: 24/7
  • Phone: +81 26-268-1611
  • Website: www.comfort-inn-hotels.com

4. Matsuya Ryokan

One of the main tourist attractions in Nagano is Zenkoji temple. Matsuya Ryokan is located inside the temple grounds blending well with its Japanese-style building façade. Since 1953, this ryokan welcomes guests with warm hospitality. There are only fourteen rooms in this hotel. Some rooms have their private steam baths while the other rooms need to share common amenities. There is a communal bathhouse with large warm pools for those who needs a dip.


  • Name: Matsuya Ryokan
  • Address: 484 Motoyoshicho, Nagano 380-0851, Nagano Prefecture
  • Price:  ¥ 6000 –  ¥ 11,000
  • Access:  250 metres from Zenko-ji Temple
  • Opening hour: 24/7
  • Phone: +81 26-232-2811

5. Chisun Grand

Chisun Grand, previously Holiday Inn Express opened in 1997. In 2011, they changed the name to Chisun Grand. The hotel is just about seven-minute walk from the JR Nagano train station. It is very near the shopping and business districts of the city. The 12-story building has 136 rooms with flat screen television, Wi-Fi, and a refrigerator.


  • Name: Chisun Grand
  • Address: 17-1 2-chome Minami-chitose Nagano-shi Nagano
  • Price: ¥ 6000 – ¥ 9000
  • Opening hour: 24/7
  • Phone: +81 26-264-6000

6. 1166 Backpackers

1166 Backpackers is a small inn in the Monzen neighborhood just a few steps from the Zenkoji Temple. This place is best for groups on a budget or for long staying guests. For those who are just passing through the city, this is the place to be. 1166 Backpackers has three Japanese-style rooms. There is a dormitory room with bunk beds for a couple of guests. Each of the bunk beds has curtains and a reading light. There are also private rooms of modest size with futon bedding. There are shared toilets and bathrooms in this hostel so be prepared to wait for your turn. 1166 Backpackers also have rental bicycles, free Wi-Fi, kitchen, dining area, launderette, and a living room. If you are the adventurous type and interested to know the locals up close, the 1166 Backpackers is for you.


  • Name: 1166 Backpackers
  • Address: 1048 nishimachi, Nagano, Nagano 380-0842
  • Price: ¥  2000 – ¥ 6000
  • Access: Located in Nagano historic center with the Zenkoji  Temple within walking distance.
  • Opening hour: Mon- Sun 8 am – 12 pm – 4 pm – 10 pm
  • Phone: +81-26-217-2816
  • Website: www.1166bp.com

7. Hotel Sunroute

Hotel Sunroute is a business hotel located a minute away from the East Exit of the JR Nagano Station. From this point, it would take a 20- minute train ride to the Zenkoji Temple. From the lobby, the Information Desk will assist if you need to rent bicycles, use a computer, or photocopy documents. Before going about your day, do not miss the free breakfast served in the hotel’s dining room.


  • Name: Hotel Sunroute
  • Address: 1356, Suehiro-cho, Nagano City, Nagano, Japan 380-0825
  • Price: ¥ 6000 – ¥ 16,000
  • Access: 2-minute walk from the Zenkoji Exit of Nagano Station
  • Opening hour: 24/7
  • Phone: +81 26-228-2222
  • Website: www.sunroutehotel.jp.com

8. Smile Hotel

Smile Hotel is a western-style hotel just about 10 to 15 minutes away from the Nagano Station. One room for the night is moderately priced, but you will get the same amenities in a standard hotel. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, café, coin operated laundry, laundry service, and massage service. The rooms have appliances like a TV, refrigerator, hairdryer, and the like.


  • Name: smile hotel
  • Address: 1177-3 Chitosemachi, Tsurugakami, Nagano 380-0821, Nagano Prefecture
  • Price:  ¥ 7000 – ¥ 12,000
  • Access: 10 min from Nagano Station
  • Opening hour: 24/7
  • Phone:+86 26 226 3211
  • Website: www.smile-hotels.com

9. Kokusai 21

Hotel Kokusai 21 is a towering building with 149 guest rooms. It has six restaurants for a variety of dining options. The 16th floor is where most of these restaurants are. They do not only offer delectable dishes but also provide a great view of the city. After dining, relax and get comfortable in the spacious guest rooms. Choose from single rooms, twin rooms, double rooms, deluxe rooms, and suites. You can also visit the stone spa for a relaxing massage and other beauty treatments.


  • Name: Kokusai 21
  • Address: Agatamachi-576, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture 380-0838, Japan
  • Price:  ¥ 5000 – ¥12,000
  • Access: 20 min. walk from Nagano Sta. on the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line (or 5 min. by taxi from Nagano Sta.)
  • Opening hour: 24/7
  • Phone: +81 26 234 1111
  • Website: www.kokusai21.jp

10. Kyukouzenin Oshiryokan

Kyukuozenin Oshi Ryokan is a mountain lodge, 50 minutes away from the JR Nagano Station. This traditional Japanese inn is a 5-minute walk from the Togakushi Shrine, 15-minute walk to the Togakushi Ski Resort, and a 10-minute drive from the Nagano Country Club. Oshi Ryokan has Japanese-styled rooms complete with tatami (woven-straw)flooring, futon bedding, flat screen TV, and seating area with low tables. Some rooms may share the bathrooms and toilets with other guests. There are also rooms that have private restrooms. They also have ski storage and equipment for rent.


  • Name: Oshi Ryokan
  • Address: Togakushi Houkousha 2332NaganoNagano
    381-4101 Japan
  • Price: ¥11,000 – 18,000
  • Opening hour: 24/7
  • Phone: +81 26 254 2007
  • Website: www.oshiryokan.com

Whether coming or going, Nagano has the best places for your stay. If you are just passing by, or if you are in for a long visit, you can choose from the tallest, and biggest hotels in the city, to the cozy little spot on the corner street. Alternatively, if you want to commune with nature and be one with the mountains, the ryokans are there to warm you in the coolest of the mountain nights.

Have a good trip and travel!

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