In mid April ( Cherry Blossom time ) we took the Shinkansen to Koriyama then a local JR train to Aizuwakamatsu where we were met by the hotel's courtesy bus and taken to the hotel.As we booked on-line before leaving Australia we decided to reserve one of three suites with it's own private outdoor bath. Our rooms consisted of two traditional Japanese room with tatami plus separate toilet and washing facilitiy attached to the private outdoor bath. Included is a large ( in Japanese terms ) indoor bath for those who are not inclined to bathe outdoors. The onsen bath had a continuous hot spring water flow and both hot and cold taps to regulate the water temperature. The bath overlooked a traditional Japanese karesansui garden and backed by a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
The Hotel boasts a dinner and breakfast menu in excess of 150 separate dishes, of which we tried 20 at both dinner and breakfast. ( both included in the cost ).The food was most delicious, healthy, and fresh.
As an unexpected bonus the hotel arranged to take guest to view the illuminated cherry trees at Tsuruga castle after dinner.
This castle is a must see !! It has been rebuilt with the tourist in mind and is full of information about the history of the area and the castle and is accessable for disabled visitors.More
- Free Parking
- Breakfast included