Located 2.5 hours by train from Tokyo, KAI Matsumoto is a hot spring ryokan fed by the waters of Asama Hot Spring, which was popular with feudal lords who once occupied nearby Matsumoto Castle. Reflecting Matsumoto's thriving music scene, concerts are held nightly in the ryokan lobby, where regional wines are also served.
- 15 min. From Matsumoto Castle
- English-speaking staff
- Best Rate Guarantee
- Free Wi-fi
- Outdoor bath
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.
The spacious, tatami-matted rooms have classic Japanese interiors decorated with regional craft artworks, such as paper sliding doors with patterns transferred from ink swirls on a surface of water. Some rooms offer outdoor baths and views of the Japanese Alps.
Room types (4)
Japanese-style Room with Outdoor Bath and Garden Terrace RB4
- 1-4 / 60m²
- Outdoor bath
Japanese-style Room with Outdoor Bath RA4
- 1-4 / 60m²~70m²
- Outdoor bath
Japanese-style Suite with Sauna and Garden Terrace FB4
- 1-4 / 120m²
Japanese-style Room FA4
- 1-4 / 45m²~70m²
100% flax yukata
These casual kimono have been meticulously woven to provide cooling in the summer and heat in the winter.
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.
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.
Bath / TV / phone / electric kettle / fridge / safe box / hair dryer / toilet with bidet functions / air purifier with humidifying function
KAI Matsumoto is located in Shinshu, a mountainous region known for its rich soil and water. High-quality ingredients produced in this ideal environment are prepared into aesthetically pleasing dishes that pair well with wines produced throughout the region.
Dinners consist of multi-course kaiseki meals that include visually pleasing dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Guests may choose between standard and special.
Locally sourced salmon, chicken, and mushrooms, steamed on a magnolia leaf with a regionally produced miso paste, is served with a variety of smaller dishes in this set meal.
- No Western meals are served, either at dinner or breakfast.
- Standard prices include half board.
- Allergy Information
Asama Hot Spring produces waters that are gentle on the skin. At KAI Matsumoto, these waters feed into eight types of bath, including outdoor and indoor baths, baths designed to allow bathers to comfortably lie back, and cypress-scented steam baths.
- Bath hall hours differ for men and women so as to allow for privacy.
Each bath hall features a lounge where guests may relax on massage chairs or enjoy a cooling drink, including water flavored with a type of vitamin-rich quince indigenous to the region.
Same day reservations available at the front desk.
Every KAI establishment offers a selection of free activities designed to introduce guests to Japan's regional cultures. Matsumoto has a long history as a city of music—even today, it hosts a summer festival organized by renowned maestro Seiji Ozawa. KAI Matsumoto pays homage to the city by organizing nightly concerts in the ryokan's lobby, a cavernous space with excellent acoustics.
Jazz and classical music concerts are held in the KAI Matsumoto lobby every night.
Shinshu Wine Bar
Open only during the concerts, guests may enjoy a wide range of regional wines, along with some refreshments made with locally sourced ingredients.
From Tokyo area
From Osaka area
10 Japanese-style Rooms / 15 Japanese-style Rooms with outdoor bath / 1 Japanese-style Room with Sauna
|Facilities||Shared bath halls / Yuagari Lounge / Restaurant / Travel Library / Shop|
Every KAI establishment features a library consisting of books on the area's history, culture, crafts, and geography. Complimentary refreshments are also served.