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KAI Hosino Resorts KAI Alps

KAI Hosino Resorts KAI Alps

Located 3 hours by train from Tokyo, KAI Alps is a hot spring ryokan situated by Omachi Hot Spring in northern Nagano—gateway to the northern Japanese Alps. Classical Japanese architectural elements provide comfort even during heavy snow, making it a perfect place from which to tour Nagano's alpine scenery and the pristine ski slopes of nearby Hakuba.

  • 30 min. From Hakuba
  • English-speaking staff
  • Best Rate Guarantee
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Outdoor bath
  • Half-board

What is KAI?

What is KAI?

Japan’s hidden luxuries—at your fingertips

KAI is a leading brand of luxury boutique hot spring ryokans. Every establishment offers a contemporary take on the traditional Japanese inn, providing unique, location-specific experiences—from exclusive activities to specialty suites—designed to immerse guests in the lavish world of Japanese regional craftsmanship.

Rooms

Rooms are standalone units that come with a variety of options, including a private bath, annex, and loft. Each room is furnished with sofas, low beds, and other contemporary amenities for ensuring a comfortable alpine vacation.

Room types (4)

KAI Amenities

100% flax yukata

These casual kimono have been meticulously woven to provide cooling in the summer and heat in the winter.

Wrapping cloth

In Japan, objects are traditionally carried around in a makeshift bag formed from a sheet of cloth. Guests are invited to use these cloths to carry their belongings around the premises.

Luxury mattresses

Our own brand mattresses have been designed to provide proper support to the body while also being soft enough to sink into, allowing for undisturbed sleep.

Other amenities

Shower booth / TV / phone / electric kettle / fridge / safe box / hair dryer / toilet with bidet functions / air purifier with humidifying function

Dining

Nagano is a region known for its rich water and soil—and culinary creativity. The yuki-nabe served at dinner, for example, is a sukiyaki dish in which a mountain of edible white foam slowly dissolves into the soup, evoking the image of the region's copious snow melting in the spring.

Dinner

Dinners consist of multi-course kaiseki meals that include visually pleasing dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Guests may choose between standard and special.

  • No Western meals are served, either at dinner or breakfast.
  • Standard prices include half board.
  • Allergy Information

Hot spring

Bath halls feature indoor and outdoor baths, the latter of which offer views of larch forests and mountains along with a relaxing warmth that is balanced with the crisp mountain air. In the winter, seasonal apples are placed in the water to provide additional physical benefits.

Yuagari Lounge

Guests are invited to cool off here after a dip in the baths while sipping on fresh mountain water and gazing out at the crystalline stream that flows directly below.

Massages

Same day reservations available at the front desk.

KAI Activities

Every KAI establishment offers a selection of free activities designed to introduce guests to Japan's regional cultures. At KAI Alps, guests are invited in the evenings to sit around an irori—a traditional sunken hearth—and enjoy a variety of grilled snacks, as well as heated regional sakes.

Sunken Hearth Bar

Oyaki, a grilled bun with a savory filling, is just one of the regional specialties offered to guests who gather around the irori located in the reception building.

Sightseeing

Hakuba

The stage for the 1998 Winter Olympics, Hakuba is a popular ski resort that is famous for its high-quality powdered snow. Everyone from families to pro skiers visit Hakuba's slopes during the season.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

This sightseeing route is a true feast for the eye. It offers a stunning view of the Japanese Alps, as well as stretches that pass between majestic walls of snow in the winter, the bird-watching mecca of Bijodaira, and aerial views from a cable car.

Directions

Information

Check-in 15:00
Check-out 12:00
Rooms 48
19 Japanese-style Rooms / 19 Japanese-style Rooms with Loft / 8 Japanese-style Rooms with Outdoor Bath / 2 Japanese-style Suites
Parking 38
Facilities Shared baths halls / Yuagari Lounge / Restaurant / Travel Library / Sunken hearth / Ski storage and drying room / Courtyard / Shop

Travel Library

Every KAI establishment features a library consisting of books on the area's history, culture, crafts, and geography, as well as novels that spur a sense of adventure. Complimentary refreshments are also served.

Sunken hearth

In the past, Japanese homes were built around iroris—sunken hearths that served as both a kitchen and a warm place for the homeowners and their guests to gather around. The tradition continues at KAI Alps.

Courtyard

A stream runs through this central courtyard, which is decorated with cherry blossoms and verdant greens in warmer seasons, and with traditional snow domes known as kamakuras in the winter.

KAI Alps

2884-26 Taira, Omachi,
Nagano 398-0001