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Reviewed 11 February 2020 via mobile

We stayed here four nights and it was such a lovely surprise - even though Asamushi Onsen is a little out of the way, the service we experienced at this hotel was amazing. It was clean, efficient and food was absolutely amazing. The chef even had special dishes prepared for us to have variety for our menus daily since we were staying for 4 nights. Special mention to the fact that we only had to add on mattresses for our futons for only one night, and subsequently every night, staff automatically added on thickness for us for our comfort. 5 stars for effort and hospitality! We felt so taken care of. 本当ありがとうございます! We would definitely want to come back again!

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank MingRongG1
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Reviewed 19 December 2019

With the sky darkening, we drove for 30 minutes to the hotel for the night, Nanbuya Kaisenkaku (南部屋・海扇閣), located at Asamushi Onsen (浅虫温泉) on the eastern edge of Aomori City. This ryokan has a total of 64 Japanese-style Rooms, 1 Special Room, 18 Western-style Rooms and 6 Western-style Twin Rooms, and is a barrier-free ryokan.

We had booked the Special Room (Room 860), on the top floor of the building. After registration the manager came to greet us and showed us to the room, which is very spacious with a Japanese-style half totaling 19-mat, as well as a Western-style half with a living room and a bedroom with twin beds. Unfortunately the room does not have private hotspring bath, but do have a western bathtub so guests can still enjoy a nice hot soak.

The room is definitely very large and can easily accommodate six or more persons. Among the two halves I would say the Japanese portion is more interesting and premium. I in particular like the wood carvings on the ceiling partition between the rooms. On the other hand the western-style portion is rather mediocre comparatively, giving me the general impression of a dated hotel unfortunately.

The public bath is on the 9th floor, and we decided to go for a dip before dinner. Apart from staying guests, the baths are opened to day-trippers also. The men bath is called Yunoshima with the theme of birds painted on the wall. The women bath is called Umi with the theme of Mutsu Bay. There is also an open-air bath looking out at the beautiful Asamushi Beach.

Asamushi Onsen is a sulphate springs (硫酸塩泉), colourless and having a high water temperature, good for ailments such as neuralgia, rheumatism and gynaecological diseases. I found the hotspring smoothing, and while the open-air bath is very small considering the number of hotel guests, the view is really nice, no matter during daytime or at night.

Feeling hungry, at the appointed time we went to the restaurant 海つ路 on the second floor for dinner, which offers a semi-buffet. The appetizers, sashimi, and soup dish were served, and guests could collect other food from the buffet stations. Quality of the food overall was quite decent, and changed some of my perceptions that buffet dinner would always be a disappointment.

After dinner, we came to the hotel lobby, where every night at 8:30 pm there is a Shamisen (三味線) performance. Shamisen is a stringed instrument that was developed by the Japanese after making some improvements from the Jabisen (蛇皮線), the snake-skin instrument brought over from Ryukyu, Okinawa. The performance was very good and while we could not understand what the performer said, it was good fun and we could not stop admiring the skills of the performer all the while.

With a good rest, the next morning I spent sometime looking out at the window to the Mutsu Bay (陸奥湾) and the Yuno Island (湯の島), before heading down to the same restaurant for breakfast. It was buffet-style with lots of different food and once again we had a hearty meal.

特別室 with two meals for two (69,300 yen)

Date of stay: October 2019
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Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 2 January 2019

My friend and I stayed 2 nights at this onsen hotel during our recent trip to the Tohoku region.

We are glad to make the right decision to stay 2 nights instead of 1 night as we truly enjoy the relaxing stay in between our trips to the city areas in the Tohoku region.

1. Warn onsen facing the sea view.

Though it is winter time in late Dec, but the onsen truly bring warm to the snowy weather. During the 3 times of onsen at the 9th floor of the hotel, there are no other hotel guests using the onsen except both my friend and myself though the onsen is not private onsen.

2. Great food

We opt for the breakfast and dinner package. Both breakfast and dinner are above average standards of food which we truly enjoy.

3. Great Hospitality By The Hotel Staff.

From the reception to the restaurant staff, they render good customer services.

4. Location of the hotel.

The hotel is located just a mere 2 minutes walk from Asamushi Onsen station which is along the Aomori Raiway line. We have the JR East South Hokkaido pass which can be used on the Aomori Raliway line.

We made arrangements with the hotel to pick us up from the Asamushi Onsen hotel upon our arrival. And upon our departure, due to heavy snow, we request for shuttle van service to Asamushi Onsen Station and our request is duly accepted which we are most grateful.

All in all, this hotel though not as popular as some of the other onsen hotels in Japan but it has given our ranking as one of the best onsen hotels in Japan. We will definitely consider this onsen hotel again if we come to Aomori in the future.

Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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2  Thank Bukit M
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Kaisenkaku, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Kaisenkaku, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2019

Thank you for staying at our hotel the other day.
We are very impressed by your comments.
Although many of our staff are not good at foreign languages, we pay our utmost attention to serve customers coming from afar.
We are very happy that you have a good rating.
I'm looking forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile

We stayed this ryokan with a one year old and we had a great time! It's located a minute from the Asamushi-onsen station (you can see the ryokan from the train when approaching the station).

Before checking in we stopped by the front desk and asked if we could leave our luggage while we go visit the Asamushi Aquarium. They had discounted tickets and they also gave us a ride there and picked us up. (By the way the aquarium was wonderful)

The building, lobby, hallway was all clean and the room was very spacious. The public hot springs are located on the top floor with beautiful ocean view. If you are travelling with the baby they have baby shampoo, baby bath chair, and changing station at the public bath area.

Dinner and breakfast are also great. I loved the half-buffet style at dinner where you can have the traditional ryokan feel but also get whatever you want after finishing the kaiseki style appertizer.

Staff here are all very friendly and polite. I felt we were treated well throughout our stay.

This is located in an old onsen town, which was probably a lot busier in old days. The whole town is nice and that's what our trip was for, to spend quiet time in a peaceful onsen town. Just a note, if you have JR rail pass, the railway stops at Asamushi-onsen station is operated by Aoimori railways so you will have to pay. Only 450 yen between Asamushi-onsen and JR Aomori station.

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank JijiMaru
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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

I visited Kaisenkaku ryokan while visiting my family who lives in Aomori city, Aomori Prefecture. They have a huge hot springs bathtub at the top of their building. Dinner was great, too. Not like other ordinary-styled Japanese ryokan, they don’t serve dinner and breakfast in your room. I liked this point very much so that you can relax and enjoy your time at your room until you check out. I would love to go back here again.

Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank MioM
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