The renowned architect Kiyoshi Seike, wanted to incorporate nature into Nojiriko Hotel El Bosco with huge windows and areas to view the nature around the hotel. His original idea was to create a vacation house but he went about it with a different approach. He decided to design a hotel with all the rooms having a different layout. Located in the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, the harmony with nature is apparent to BOSCO’s Style of: “staying, eating, learning, playing and healing.” There is a certain harmony with the nature here, from the moment your eyes open, you realise you are enveloped in a wonderful forest, it is then the appreciation of time and nature become apparent.
Via the ‘Bistronomy in the Woods’ concept, savor the ‘Gastronomy’ of local culture through the finest carefully selected and prepared ingredients at the ‘Bistro’ in the woods, [moment]. Enjoy sophisticated French style cuisine prepared with a traditional and comforting familiar EL BOSCO ‘Bistronomy’ touch.
Born in 1977 in Kumamoto. AGORA Head Chef from 2016. After stints at restaurants and hotels in Japan, Mr. Ueno went to Europe in 2002. After training in Paris, the homeland of French cuisine, he worked at restaurants including Le Ambasssadeurs at the five-star Hotel de Crillon. In 2007 he returned to Japan and was appointed Deputy Executive Chef at Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo. In 2012 Alain Ducasse, a giant of the French cuisine world, showed his tremendous confidence in Mr. Ueno by appointing him Executive Chef of Le Comptoir de Benoit Osaka. He is dedicated to “extracting the essence of each ingredient and tailoring its preparation method to allow its flavor to shine.”
(an assortment of different dishes featuring sushi)
The large picture windows in all the rooms look out towards the lush nature of Nojiri, nice for relaxing. One of the design objectives of the architect was to have each room be different, so each time you stay with us your experience will be slightly different. All the rooms have simple and natural furniture designed by Riki Watanabe.
Luxury Maisonette Suite
The town Shinano, where our hotel lies has attracted many people including missionaries who came and settled around Lake Nojiri (during the Taisho era (1912-1926)) due to the serenity and peacefulness. The famous Japanese novelist Kansuke Naka and poet Chihiro Iwasaki found this scenic area to be to their liking, living out their lives here. Within the neighbourhood of the hotel are stunning shrines and great hiking including many power spots one known to be therapeutic to people suffering from depression and stress where there is “Forest Walks for Healing” the base of forest therapy. The hotel sits on a peninsula overlooking the magnificent view of Lake Nojiri, where activities such as marine sports, hiking and golf are enjoyed. In addition to recreational activities you can also enjoy the culture left behind by Shinano’s ancestors.
Spread out in front of the hotel lies the 2nd biggest lake in Nagano prefecture. A common sight is of people doing water sports or fishing. If you would like to partake in something, the shop for boat rental and other various water activities is nearby. There is also a ferry boat which cruises around the lake, showing off the majestic nature of Joshinetsu Kogen National Park throughout its four seasons of change.
【To the ferry terminal it is 4.5km or approx. 10min by car】
Myoko Kogen Country Club
Situated at the foot of Mt. Myoko, lies the golf course. A beautiful course with wide open fairways, take advantage of our special golf stay package plan. For more information, please inquire with the hotel.
*Please note that the course closes for winter (the dates are not set).
【10km from the hotel, approx. 20min by car】
Located at the foot of Mt. Togakushi (1,904m/6,247ft) is the breathtaking, Togakushi Shrine. Togakushi is divided into three sections or areas; the lower, middle and the upper (Houkou-sha, Chu-sha. and Oku-sha respectively) one theory suggests that Oku-sha was built in 210BC. In addition to its beauty, Togakushi Shrine is also known as one of the strongest power spots.
【30km from the hotel, approx. 1 hour by car】
A temple with over 1400 years of history. The main hall boasting a 300 year history, was constructed during the Hoei period (1704-1711) of the Edo era, it has been designated as a national treasure. The wooden building was built on a grand scale, the wooden bell hammer was used in Nara’s Todaiji’s Hall of the Great Buddha and in Kyoto’s Sanjusangendo.
【30km from the hotel, approx. 1 hour by car】
■Approximately 2 hours from Tokyo Station on the Hokuriku-Shinkansen and the SHINANORAILWAY NORTH SHINANO LINE to Kurohime Station.
■Approximately 15 minutes(3000yen) by taxi from Kurohime Stationto the hotel.
■From Myoko-Kogen station, it takes approximately 15 minutes by taxi (around 2000 yen) to the hotel
■If traveling by car, please set the navigation to the below hotel telephone number (it may indicate as “Nojiriko Prince Hotel”, the former hotel name)