Sui Suwako is an accommodation located in Lake Suwa Onsen, Nagano. The ryokan offers its guests rooms equipped with open-air baths that show the stunning view of Lake Suwa.
Guests can also experience a mixed open-air observatory on the rooftop of the ryokan. Guests can wear bathing clothes while enjoying both the scenery and onsen at the same time.
Kaiseki meals served at private dining rooms also acquire a good reputation. Sui Suwako can be reached in a 2-hour and 15-minute ride by JR Limited Express from Shinjuku Station to Kami-Suwa Station
Private Onsens available (For couple, family, tatoo)
Rooms with open-air hot spring baths: all rooms (8 rooms)
Tourist spots nearby
Lake Suwa, Suwa Taisha Shrine, Tateshina highland, Lake Shirakaba
Number of rooms
*Open-air baths in the rooms are hot spring baths.
Rooms with open-air baths
Are there additional rental options?
With open-air tubs 0 With indoor tubs 0 With both indoor and outdoor tubs 0
Price range (yen)
27,500 – 68,200
The price includes one dinner and one breakfast
Total rating: 3.5
Great place to stay with a lovely onsen
I was happy with my stay here. The room was very dated in terms of decor, but most importantly it was clean and comfortable. Some toiletries are provided and the bed and pillow were comfortable. If you don't like your room to be flooded with light early in the morning maybe ask for a room that isn't east-facing - there are big windows and the screens are a thin white fabric with no proper curtains. The place itself is lovely with a beautiful Japanese garden and footbath, and also a very nice public outdoor onsen. The front desk isn't always staffed with English-speaking staff but we got by.
Fantastic Ryokan across the street from the Lake
Disclaimer: This was my first time staying at a ryokan and was the only time I stayed at a hotel in Japan instead of a hostel because there weren't any hostels near the Kami Suwa train station.
Anyways, I thought this ryokan was very clean, nice and convenient for my one night stay by myself. It is located right across the street from the lake and right in front of the summer fireworks, which was a pleasant surprise. The staff were very kind during check in, although it was slightly difficult to converse with them in English, but they have plenty of English instructions in the room on how to use the onsens and other hotel amenities. The foot and regular onsens were very hot and relaxing. My single room was perfect in size, very clean, and comfortable. Also, they provide a yukata which was awesome. The breakfast in the morning was amazing, so make sure you include it when you are booking your room. The pear jello dessert in particular at the breakfast was absolutely delicious, and I wish I could have brought a gallon of it home.
All in all, I really enjoyed this stay and I was tempted to book Hotel Beniya because it was a similar price for a single person, but I would still book this hotel next time if I come back alone to experience the authentic ryokan environment again.
Beautiful Onsen Hotel Right on the Lake
Stayed here for one night in a Japanese style room with my family. It's a very beautiful hotel, with a Zen rock garden, Ashiyu (foot onsen) and a nice full onsen. The staff were very helpful and attentive and they even had a yukata for my 2 year old son when we asked. The onsen is very relaxing and open almost 24 hrs to hotel guests. Around 00:30 the male and female sides change and so it is possible to try both sides of the onsen (I prefer the one on the left as pictured above). I went to the onsen 3 times while I was there. We opted not to do a dinner at the hotel, since they were asking 6,000 yen per person and that seemed a bit expensive for us. We did do breakfast and it was quite nice. I would definitely stay here again, but there were quite a few other hotels around that looked tempting too.
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Authentic Japanese style ryokan
Just came back from a four-nights stay. The food is always prepared with finess and delicacy. Everyone in the hotel is so friendly, especially Melody who is the room attendant for dinner. Location is unbeatable with th beautiful view of Suwa lake. Onsen is also set in an appropriate environment. The in-room onsen is a good try if available. Would recommend to others who visit Suwa lake.
Stay at a traditional Japanese Hotel
We stayed at his ryokan as part of a tour with other Canadians. It was a good ryokan experience. Hotel is located across Lake Suwa nice area for walking.
The hotel isn't the newest or fanciest but it is still very clean and beautiful. The traditional set Japanese dinner and breakfast was a great experience and the service always professional and polite. Free Wifi is best in the lobby. The room looked quite tired and the bathrooms were really showing their age (not great). A peacock screeching did not make for a quiet stay.
Hotel has separate men and women Onsens hot spring bath house - not used by many of our group. Note that bathing suits are not allowed (not for the shy) There are also foot baths outside.
A Japanese room provides a very different experience. Sleeping on a mat on the floor takes some getting use to, we did not find it very comfortable as well as the chairs with no legs. If you have knee or back problems it may not be the best choice. We only stayed one night.