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Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel

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231 Tochikubo, Oirase, Towada 034-0398 Aomori Prefecture
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Many waterfalls dot the 14-kilometer trail linking this resort to scenic Lake Towada. Enjoy the area's natural beauty while soaking in the inn's luxurious baths, too.
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Breakfast buffet
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Jerry L wrote a review Aug 2020
Japan28 contributions7 helpful votes
Summary: - Great experience overall near Oirase Keiryu. - Don't make the same mistake as we did. Spend a few extra thousand yen ($20 or so USD) for a "Modern" room or a Japanese-style room. Avoid the "Twin Room." If possible, ask for a room at the new East Wing. - If you don't mind bees, don't be afraid of using the apple-scented shampoo and then go to the outdoor onsen. Location: 5 stars Staff: 5 stars Service: 5 stars Breakfast: 5 stars Lounges: 5 stars Room: 3 stars (for the price compared to other rooms in the hotel) We had a wonderful stay. Everything about this hotel was perfect and just what you would expect from Hoshino. The lobby is modern and stylish, the food was beyond amazing, and the service was just excellent. The only exception was the Twin Room that we chose. The room we stayed at was located at the West Wing, which is much older than the new East Wing. The room was clean, but due to its age, I felt like I stayed at a history museum that showcased 5-star hotel rooms from the 70s. The furniture was a little worn out. There was no central air conditioning (or an AC with remote control); instead, you need to use the old machine that hid in the corner, which comes with a dial. I remember the last time I saw one of those was at a motel room in Arizona in the 90s. You need to walk to the machine and manually turn the dial every time you want to change the settings. You could also tell how old the room was by its smell. Thoughtfully, they provided a bottle of deodorizing spray. I expected the room to be a lot nicer for its $500 USD price tag. But I'm the one to blame as I didn't opt for the "Modern Room" nor one of the Japanese-style rooms. If I go back in the future, I will definitely pay $20 more for a newer room. I just didn't expect the room could be THAT old. That was the only complaint during the stay. Everything else was perfect. The apple scented shampoo smelled so good that it attracted a few bees when I went to the outdoor onsen. So I would recommend using the regular shampoo, and only use the delicious smelling apple shampoo after you're done with the outdoor onsen. They also have free rental boots that were perfect for the hike along the river. The trails could be muddy, so make sure you pick up a pair before heading out. Overall, we had a great time. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The free shuttle for the hiking trail was excellent with hourly departures. Also the 12pm checkout time worked really well for the morning hike after breakfast. I will stay here again if I visit again, but at a different room for sure.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Hoshino_Resorts, お客様担当マネージャー at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel
Responded 25 Aug 2020
Dear jerryl908, Thank you for taking the time to review Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel! We appreciate your detailed comments. It is excellent news that the location, our breakfast, and shuttle bus services were satisfactory. We are regret to here that the room that you stayed this time did not meet your expectation. Thank you for your kind comments on the shampoo and the rooms. We have shared your thoughtful comments with the rest of the team and will use it as we continue to evolve our product as we strive to provide both an authentic and comfortable experience for our guests. Thank you again for your review, and we would certainly welcome an opportunity to serve you again at one of our unique accommodations in the future! Sincerely,
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AndraYo wrote a review Aug 2020
Tokyo, Japan1134 contributions157 helpful votes
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This Hoshino Resort is a wonderful place you will never forget! Much more than a hotel in the Famous Oirase Keiryu National Park, it frames & highlights nature as a new experience. The two stunning sculptures commissioned by Chairman Hoshino are magnificent artwork by Okamoto Taro, yet meant to be used & enjoyed in real life-one as an actual fireplace chimney. Sit in the bar after dark & enjoy the tree trunks lit up outside creating a magical scene while the crackle of the fireplace warms the heart. Both public baths are great & be sure to make a reservation for the shuttle to take you to the mixed-couples hot springs overlooking the famous 9-Stage Waterfall (ladies: they have a cape for wearing in the bath). And the food--Wonderfully Creative with Local products, was delicious, better than some of the Michelin restaurants we ate at in Europe. The FUKI Ice Cream--so unexpected, so inspiring! We actually visited in April '15, & never having forgotten our stay, are now planning another visit in the autumn.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: Some Rooms have onsen baths in the rooms, ask at reservation
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Responded 25 Aug 2020
Dear AndraYo, Thank you for your great review of Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel and for sharing your experience! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, including the artwork by Okamoto Taro, nature, the food and our onsen! We also have winter-seasonal onsen from mid-December to late March. It is the world’s first hot spring which is surrounded by the frozen waterfall. We hope you enjoy it, as well. Our services strive to provide an authentic and comfortable experience for our guests. We hope to see you again! Sincerely,
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GL2018HK wrote a review Feb 2020
Iwate-machi, Japan29 contributions2 helpful votes
It’s our second time staying at the Oirase Keiryu Hotel but there’re still many pleasant surprises – the lobby has undergone some face-lift since our first stay in the previous winter. There’s a massage chair for our private use in the room. We tried the dinner buffet this time and were impressed by the quality of the foods, which was truly a gourmet meal. Even by the high service standards in Japan, theirs are excellent. We found out that we left something in the onsen when we checked out. Their staff went out of the way to search, locate and bring it to us before we left for our bus ride. Commendable! We would love to come back again – maybe next time in summer so we can enjoy not only the hotel but also the famous trails starting right next to it.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Hoshino_Resorts, お客様担当マネージャー at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel
Responded 19 Feb 2020
Dear GL2018HK, Thank you for your great review of the Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel and for choosing us once again! We are happy to hear that you had a pleasant stay with us. It is excellent news that the buffet dinner options were satisfactory. Our services strive to provide an authentically Japanese, yet comfortably modern experience for our guests. As you mentioned, we would love to welcome you again in a different season to experience all the area has to offer! Sincerely, Guest Relations Manager
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Peter Choy wrote a review Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China4277 contributions261 helpful votes
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The Oirase Keiryu (奥入瀬渓流) is part of the Towada-Hachimantai (十和田八幡平) National Park, and is designated both as a place of special scenic beauty and as a natural treasure. The location is one of the most picturesque in all of Japan as its clear stream and deep forest provide a beauty scenery painted with the various colours of each season, forever charming the people who come to see it. After finishing a truly wonderful hike there, we drove for a short distance to Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel, the only hotel located in the vicinity of the stream, where guests can enjoy the extraordinary space provided by the great nature of Oirase. The hotel is certainly popular for both domestic and international travelers. After resting in the lounge, where the large windows present a scene like a painting, we were shown to our room. The Nagomi Japanese-Style Room (なごみ和室) is a nice guest room where people traveling on the Oirase stream can take a break and relax. Of 44 sq.m in size, it is comfortable with a banquette sofa on the window side. For the public bath, there are two hot springs where guests can take a bath surrounded by the natural beauty of Oirase. From fresh green young leaves shining brightly, to the autumn leaves changing colour from red to yellow, one can take a moment to immerse in the high-quality hot spring while gazing at the scenery that changes with the season. The first bath is located inside the hotel, a spectacular open-air bath overlooking the Oirase Gorge flowing right next to the hotel. In a space surrounded by nature, one can get a panoramic view of the mountains from fresh water in the spring and summer, and vivid colored leaves in autumn. It is wonderful to spend a blissful time while watching the mountain stream in the gentle touch of hot spring that comes from Hakkoda. The other hot spring is located outside the main building, has an open-air mixed bath that overlooks the famous 九重の瀧 while relaxing the body and soul in a slightly white hot spring. The sounds of wild birds and waterfalls can be heard from all sides, giving a feeling of enjoying a forest bath. The hotel has a shuttle taking guests to this hot spring but it is important to check the time beforehand. Walking around inside the hotel, you cannot miss Mori no Shinwa (森の神話), depicting the elegant yet turbulent Keiryu current, with pebbles tumble down with the water. Birds cast out their gazes among the giant trees, flying swiftly and twittering about as they sing their songs. On the ground, even the mushrooms smile radiantly, and at the top, the king of birds, wearing his crown, dances elegantly in harmony with the humans and the spirits of the forest. Imagining this scene, Taro Okamoto (岡本太郎) created the legend of the forest. It is made of bronze and is 8.5 meters tall, weighing 5 tons. It was finished in April of 1991. Kashin (河神) depicts the water separating as it meanders then rejoins, flowing calmly and then roughly. This three-dimensional sculpture is known for its 7 nymphs, which represent the splashes created when the water hits a rock and look like spirits, and the fireplace made of zig-zagging lines that look like Keiryu’s current. While the Legend of the Forest is meant to represent a male god, this moument, made of aluminum alloy and standing 10 meters tall, weighing 7 tons, is meant to be a female god. This work, left behind by Taro Okamoto, was completed in April of 1996. The Souvenir Shop carries a variety of items, from memorable souvenir gifts to outdoor goods for use on a trek through Oirase. Guests are recommended to try out the hotel original body soaps and Aloe Shio (aloe and sea salt) products, as well as the raw silk products meant to look like moss, the hotel’s homemade jams, and the Maruyama coffee used in our spring water coffee. There is an Information Booth that guides guests to the Oirase Gorge and surrounding sightseeing information. A nature guide concierge is stationed to provide guests with information too. The lounge creates a relaxing space at night. Take a moment to talk while watching the flames of the flickering fireplace. One can also enjoy a cocktail that changes according to the season with your loved one. Restaurant Sonore (ソノール) is the French restaurant in Oirase Keiryu Hotel, opening in May 2019 which offers modern and sophisticated French cuisine while respecting tradition. With the magnificent mountain range that highlights the changes of the four seasons and the spreading sea in Aomori Prefecture, the chef carefully prepares the food by making full use of the rich mountain and seafood ingredients. Besides the good food, Sonore was also recognized as a restaurant where the scenery, food and wine resonate. There are many great wines to choose from and spending time to select wines will be an unforgettable memory of your trip. Chef 斉藤 春樹 went to work at Michelin-star restaurants in France and Spain after graduation in Tokyo, and became a chef later. He joined Hoshino Resort in 2012 and worked on restaurants in Hoshinoya Taketomi Island (星のや竹富島). In April 2019, he became the head chef of Sonore. Using traditional French cooking methods, he creates amazing dishes that make use of the local ingredients. During check-in we were asked to wear our coat coming to the restaurant. Originally quite puzzled, we soon knew why. The staff showed us to the outdoor terrace beside the river, to enjoy some aperitif and snacks, before starting the dinner. While it was cold outside, there were heater and blankets provided so it was in fact quite comfortable. The snacks were very good indeed, and I can think of the time when the weather was warmer, it would indeed be a very romantic and nice experience having the entire meal outside. Moving back inside the restaurant, we were served a meal with 7 courses, delicious and beautifully plated. The first course is Tuna and 'Boudin Noir' Ravioli with Apple Salad. Second course is Meuniere of Conger Eel with Potato and Chips Anchovy Butter Sauce. Third course is Steamed Flounder Roll, Scallop Mousse and Sea Urchin with Mushroom Soup. Fourth course is Spice Crusted Roast Duck, Foie Gras with a Side of Root Vegetables. Fifth course is Petite 'Mount Blanc' with Rum Jelly. Sixth course is Caramelized Pear Tart with Gingerbread Cream and Blackcurrant Sauce. Last is Petits Fours and Coffee. In the morning when you wake up refreshed, you can relax and enjoy breakfast at the buffet restaurant where you can fully enjoy the charm of Aomori's apples, while watching the dazzling fresh greenery in the garden. The recommendation is an apple pancake using apple compote. Room package for two (including dinner at Sonore and breakfast buffet) - 109,719 yen
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Responded 15 Jan 2020
Dear Peter C, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel! We appreciate your in-depth comments and are happy to hear that you chose to stay with us! Thank you for your kind comments on catering and the surroundings of the hotel. We will continue to evolve our product as we strive to provide both an authentic and comfortable experience for our guests. Thank you again for your review and pictures, and we would certainly welcome an opportunity to serve you again in the near future! Sincerely, Guest Relations Manager
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Jimmy Y wrote a review Nov 2019
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Being right next to the Oirase stream, the views are outstanding. Multi-lingual staffs are available and very attentive. Food choices however can be improved. With this level of room pricing, one would expect much more variety of food choices, and much healthier for modern man. Many selections are very very salty like most Japanese food, but I was expecting more from Hoshino brand.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Responded 4 Dec 2019
Dear Quest808601, Thank you for your review of Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel and for sharing your experience with us! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the magnificent views of the Oirase stream! We have shared your thoughtful comments regarding our dining options with the rest of the team. We will use your feedback as we continue to evolve our product to provide both an authentic and comfortable experience for our guests. We hope you enjoyed the stay and would love to welcome you back again in another season to experience all that our hotel has to offer! Sincerely, Guest Relations Manager
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US$249 - US$679 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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JapanTohokuAomori PrefectureTowadaOirasekeiryu Onsen
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Oirase River (0.09 km), Oirase Stream Museum (0.3 km), and Deai-bashi Bridge (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ortolana, Oirase Keiryukan, and Kamikochi Shokudo.
Does Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including Chinese and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Former Kasaishi Residence (3.5 km).
Does Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.