Bessho Onsen's Ryokan Katsuraso

Fine dining & private hot spring baths in Nagano

By Sandra Isaka    - 1 min read

With only seven rooms, Ryokan Katsuraso is a lovely family-run inn located in the heart of Bessho Onsen. It sits beside a temple and is only a one minute walk to Bessho Onsen's old main street. Although the building itself is older, the ryokan has been almost completely remodeled in a 'modern-Japanese' style. Guests can enjoy three private use hot spring baths, as often as they wish, during their stay. Meals are served in private dining rooms with tables and chairs. Menus change constantly, depending on what seasonal foods are available each day. The multi-course kaiseki dinner was amazing - especially the dishes made from locally-grown vegetables. We were so full that one of our last courses, beef shabu shabu, was saved for breakfast (which was also very delicious). Although little English is spoken, non-Japanese are welcome and the family is very friendly and helpful. A wonderful accommodation choice, especially for foodies.

Getting there

Ryokan Katsuraso is a ten minute walk from Bessho Onsen Station.  If you let the ryokan know in advance when you will arrive, they can pick you up. Parking is also available. Bessho Onsen is a thirty minute train ride from Ueda Station.  

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Sandra Isaka

Sandra Isaka @sandra.isaka

As an intercultural consultant & Japan travel specialist with 20+ years in Japan, I love sharing my favorite places with others.