Retreat to a luxurious

traditional Japanese house

ryugon

​This historical traditional Japanese mansion

has been fully refurbished

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In one of the snowiest places in the country stands an impressive building that draws the eye. "ryugon" was named after a temple of the same name which was built on the ground where once Sakado Castle stood around 200 years ago at the foot of Mount Sakado. The building is now known as a nationally designated cultural property. In the summer of 2019 the old Ryugon took on a new lease of life as ryugon, an accommodation where you could come to experience the culture of one of Japanese snowiest regions.

 

ryugon is listed in the Michelin Guide 2020 Niigata in the ryokan category and recognized as a three red pavilion ryokan, where the number of pavilions indicates that ryugon is a "very comfortable" ryokan, and the red color of the pavilions counts it among one of the MICHELIN Guide's "most delightful places."

Special only with MYU

Receive a special gift of 900g

of the famous Uonuma brand koshihikari rice

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The snowmelt flowing from the mountains to the paddy field combined with the long hours of sunlight and large temperature differences between day and night is a very important factor in growing delicious rice. We hope you would have a taste of the Uonuma brand koshihikari rice which obtained the highest rank of Special A in Japan.

  • Present your booking confirmation upon check-in at ryugon and you will receive the free gift.

Dining

"Yukiguni Gastronomy" is made of local produces

of the Snow Country Zone

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Snow Country Gastronomy centers around wild plants and mushrooms foraged from the mountains, fermented foods, and vegetables that have been stored and preserved in the snow, as well as other ingredients that are necessary for life in Snow Country.


Over dinner the staff will grill the seasonal ingredients, meats, and fish. A glass of locally made sake or wine is the perfect accompaniment to the meal. Breakfast is freshly cooked white rice accompanied by a selection of side dishes that are unique to the Snow Country Region and the perfect accompaniment to rice.

Rooms

Villa Suite Standard

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The Villa Suite Standard is perfect for those that want to get away from it all and value their privacy. You could soak in the private open-air bath on the terrace. Retreat to your room and enjoy some quiet time on your own. This is style is highly recommended for those that want to lose themself in some reading or immerse themselves in concentration.

  • Room without garden view

【55~78㎡ 1-4 guests】

Classic Premium

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The Classic type are rooms that have been reconstructed from traditional folk houses with outdoor baths added. They face the central part of the Japanese style gardens, and as you gaze out at the beautiful greenery you can sense the Japanese aesthetic of "wabi-sabi". Relax in a space that manages to combine the best of Japanese design with soothing comfort.

  • Room with garden view

【48~54㎡ 1-4 guests】

Classic Standard Type A

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Rebuilt from a headman's residence from the former Shiozawa town (now part of Minamiuonuma city) these are traditional Japanese style guest rooms. They offer plenty of space being over 50㎡, and have sunken kotatsu tables and chairs with views over the main gardens. For those that wish, it is possible to have dinner served in the room for a wonderfully relaxing experience.

  • Room with garden view for room size over 50㎡

【44~60㎡ 1-4 guests】

Access

Access:

By train

  • Get on the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station (approximately 70 minutes)

  • Transfer to the local train on Joetsu Line or Hokutetsu Hokuhoku Line to Muikamachi Station (approximately 20 minutes)

  • Take a taxi from Muikamachi Station to ryugon (approximately 4 minutes)

By shuttle bus (reservation is compulsory)

  • From Echigo Yuzawa station(In front of Echigo Yuzawa HATAGO ISEN): 15:15 

  • From ryugon : 12:00

By car

  • Approximately 15 minutes from the Shiozawa IC exit

  • Approximately 10 minutes from the Muikamachi IC exit

Activities

Mountain clear water day camp

A short distance away from ryugon is the 2000m high Makihata Mountain. How about a day camping experience while listening to the sound of the clear water of the melting snow flowing from the mountain? You can enjoy a barbecue and play in the river while feeling the nature all around you. The price includes barbecue food and cooking utensils for lunch, day camp set up and transport to and from the camp.

Period : Daily from April to October

Meeting placet : ryugon

Meeting time : Any time between 8:00 and 11:00

Duration : Approximately 6 hours

Minimum number of participants : 2 people

Price :

  • 1-2 persons : JPY 6,600 per person

  • 3 or more persons : JPY 5,500 per person Cancellation policy :

From1 business day prior to the reserved date: 100% of the total amount

Operated by : ryugon

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  • Please wear clothing suitable for camping.

  • In the event of a cancellation due to weather conditions on the day of the event, a full refund will be given (if the cancellation is for customer reasons, a cancellation fee will be charged).

Rice field lunch

ryugon is located in the countryside surrounded by mountains in Minami-uonuma city, Niigata prefecture, a rice producing area famous for its Uonuma Koshihikari rice. As the name suggests, we offer you a private lunch in the rice fields. You will feel like you have the whole countryside to yourself and enjoy a very special lunch that you can only enjoy here.

Period : Daily from April to October

Meeting placet : ryugon

Meeting time : Any time between 11:30 and 13:00

Duration : Approximately 2 hours

Minimum number of participant : 1 person

Price : JPY 3,850 per person (tax included, 0-3years old for free )

Cancellation policy :

From1 business day prior to the reserved date:

100% of the total amount

Operated by : ryugon

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  • Please wear shoes that can get dirty.

  • In the event of a cancellation due to weather conditions on the day of the event, a full refund will be given.

Mountain terrace lunch

On the mountain terrace on the ridge of the Mount Sakado in our site, you will have the view of the surroundings of ryugon all to yourself.

Please spend a luxurious lunch time with the sound of insects and the smell of fresh greenery.

Period : Daily from April to October

Meeting placet : ryugon

Meeting time : Any time between 11:30 and 13:00

Duration : Approximately 2 hours

Minimum number of participant : 1 person

Price : JPY 3,850 per person (tax included, 0-3years old for free )

Cancellation policy :

From1 business day prior to the reserved date: 100% of the total amount

Operated by : ryugon

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  • Please wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking on a mountain path for about 10 minutes.

  • In the event of a cancellation due to weather conditions on the day of the event, a full refund will be given.

Reservation

Please read the following before you proceed to the reservation.

<Additional information>

  • The rates do not include the transportation fee between the accommodation and your residence.

  • Check-in time is at 15:00, and check-out time is at 12:00.

  • Your booking confirmation will be sent within 1-2 business days.

  • We will ask you to complete the payment after the booking has been confirmed.

  • You may be asked to present your residence card as proof of identification upon check-in.

  • ​Please be sure to check "the Go to Travel compliance policy" in advance.

<Cancellation policy>

Accommodation

  • From 3 to 2 business days prior to the reserved date: 20% of the total amount

  • 1 business day prior to the reserved date: 50% of the total amount

  • On the reserved date or no show: 100% of the total amount

Optional tour

  • Please refer to the cancellation policy stated under each optional tour.