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.
The architecture is very unique and easy recognizable because of its unusual and very attractive towers. The lobby is quite imposing, combining reception desk, bar and shop, and in the evenings it is also used as a concert hall.
Despite its modern appearance, the hotel is essentially an authentic ryokan. The moment you step out of the lift to go to your room, you start to appreciate the ambiance, with wood everywhere and a succession of sliding doors that provide privacy.
All the rooms are furnished in accordance with the codes of Japanese interior design, with restraint and simplicity. Tatami mats cover the floors, and a low table and two seats are the only furniture, leaving room for a futon mattress at night.