Nestled within a deep valley and surrounded by the mountains of the Yatsugatake National Park you will find Myojinkan Ryokan. While Myojinkan is only a 30-minute drive from the famous castle town of Matsumoto, one feels much more distant from the city here. The narrow, winding road to Myojinkan passes rice paddies, vegetable fields, and gives way to the verdant tree covered mountains of one of Japan's most beautiful protected forests.Guests may feel a world away during their time at Myojinkan, but the experience here is world class.

At an elevation of more than 1000 meters (3000 feet) summers at Myojinkan are cool and comfortable, and in wintertime snow envelops the property and surrounding mountains. Autumn is crisp, the air clear, and the colors of the fall foliage vibrant. Guests may wish to explore the nearby footpaths in search of the local mountain shrine, savor the scent of the pine and cedar forest, and discover the natural beauty of Japan that eludes the traveler who has little opportunity to venture from Japan's cities.

Established in 1931 as a small mountain inn, Myojinkan has emerged as one of Nagano Prefecture's premier resorts. Befitting an inn surrounded by a national park, the people of Myojinkan believe in a way of life that is in harmony with nature.

Myojinkan maintains its own organic farm near the ryokan grounds, where vegetables and rice are grown and harvested for use in Myojinkan's organic kitchen. Here the air is fresh, the scenery natural and untouched, and the cuisine is truly memorable.