Like coming home...
on Oct 28, 2019
After a day exploring the wilds of Hokkaido, this hotel was like coming home. Evenings here are very cosy: we enjoyed sitting in front of the fire place in the lounge with a glass of sake or two.
The buffet meals were good. Admittedly it was the same every day; but they counter this by bringing special extra dishes to your table if you are staying more than one night. The first night were were given some very impressive-looking grilled prawns, and the next we had lamb chops and a seafood starter: all brought individually to our table just out of the goodness of their hearts. Nothing is too much trouble for the very attentive staff throughout the hotel: impeccable service!
It was a real surprise to find that they swap over the men’s and women’s onsens each night so that everyone gets the chance to experience both facilities. Nice touch! We also took advantage of their private pre-bookable Onsen for 2,200 Yen per 50 mins (including a rather titillating mechanical massage chair) .
It seemed that most other guests were part of coach groups, but that wasn’t a problem. There was nevertheless a more intimate feel to the hotel than I expected. The camaraderie was pleasant: some people from a larger group even came over to our table and gave us one of their leftover bottles of wine!
All in all this hotel was definitely one of my favourite aspects of our Japan tour. There’s even free origami given out at the reception desk. What more could you ask for?
on Jul 29, 2019
A good choice in Asahidake .
Good size rooms . The duplex with 4 twin beds is good value but the stairs are very steep .
A bit hot in summer with limited air conditioning in the rooms .
Large dining area with buffet breakfast and dinner . A mixture of Japanese and western food .
With the plastic food trays and most people wearing the pajama like onsen clothes rather than yukata , it did feel a bit instructional “ one flew over the cuckoos nest “ but the food quality was good .
Large public baths both indoors and outdoors .A short walk to the cable car .
Very friendly and helpful staff .
A lot of Japanese guests which I think is a good indicator .
Close to lifts and good Onsen
on Jan 24, 2019
Stayed here three nights, and found it convenient for the lift. It’s a large hotel that does not feel crowded. We were on half board - there are no restaurants or shops at Asahidake. Breakfast and dinner were overall OK with flashes of excellent - the fish we were served as special second night dinner was great, as was the salmon sashimi for special third night dinner.
Baths were great - there are two bathing areas and the men’s side and women’s side alternate each day.
Too expensive, not worth it
on Dec 30, 2018
We stayed there for a night. To our surprise, we were charged for additional $200 Sing dollars for my two kids. We requested that we buy their meals on our own expenses but were rejected. They said they charged by person, even little kids charged at adult rates. No choice, we paid. Furthermore, we were informed that rental of snow boots were 200 yen per person. I thought snowboots were provided free. I have stayed many onsen elsewhere but were never being charged for snowboots as it was meant to provide convenience for hotel guests. Hotsprings design edges, surface and bottom was sharp and rough. Meals was not good. Worse the room kettle was not prepared when we checked in the room which is a must. I am very dissappointed, maybe do not recommend at all.
Place to stay for visiting Mt Asahidake
on Oct 4, 2018
This traditional old style on-sen hotel is located at the few foot-steps to the ropeway station to Mt Asahidake. There are varieties of rooms to choose. The western style room we stayed for two night was quite comfortable and served our needs. The spring bath is typical one with good quality of spring water. Decoration is not that fantastic but easy to access and to move from one pool to the others. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Language is not the barrier to enjoy the place and to get information. Dinner and breakfast are plentiful with variety of choices.