Fodor's Expert Review Imperial Hotel
Azumi-kamikochi, Matsumoto, Nagano-ken, 390-1516, Japan Fodor's Choice
This rustic alpine lodge is owned by Tokyo's legendary Imperial Hotel, and the service is so exemplary because the staff are borrowed from that establishment for the summer. In the lounge, low wooden beams support the beautifully crafted ceiling, while a central hearth add a warm glow. Guest rooms have sofas and gorgeous woodwork, and some have balconies. Western and Japanese restaurants are on the premises. You can see the red-tiled, gabled roof of the hotel from Kamikochi's bus terminal in the center of town.
- luxurious accommodations
- professional staff
- beautiful architecture
- rooms more expensive than other lodgings in the area
- better-value dining elsewhere
- might feel too formal for some
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Closed mid-Nov.--mid-Apr.