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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My most favorite place in Japan. Truely relax. Enjoy the milky outdoor onsen, traditional ryokan, different kind of local Japanese food and beautiful natural surroundings. Most guests I seen were Japanese families

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Hong Kong / Kelowna, BC, Canada
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Tsurunoyu is a hidden out of the way Traditional Onsen + Japanese Hotel property. Here, you sleep Japanese (tatami), you eat Japanese (not that Teriyaki crap you have at home), and you speak Japanese (No one speaks enough English for communication here). Tsurunoyu is also a member of the Japan Association of Secluded Hot Spring Inns (HITOU), google it and...

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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We recommended this ryokan for those who traveled akita area. (Definitely don't miss) Should rent a car for sightseeing at Tazawako station. Side trip was Lake Tazawa 🎉🎉🎉. Ryokan was traditional style with dinning in room and has very nice staffs.

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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 16 June 2016

This lovely traditional onsen is perfect for a relaxing break. We were travelling with small children and still had fabulous time. I can imagine it would be a lovely place to stay with close friends or as a couple. Why not bring your book and hanafuda for a relaxing time shuffling between the baths, delicious food and relaxing in your...

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1Thank alisonsw
Aomori, Japan
Reviewed 20 May 2016

Tsurunoyu (literally: "hot spring of the crane") is an old and very traditional Japanese ryokan located in the mountains of Akita Prefecture. It is possibly the most memorable of dozens of ryokan at which I have stayed. You need to reserve a room six months in advance, as it is a popular spot for Japanese people. It is also possible...

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Bulli, Australia
Reviewed 20 February 2016

We were lucky to get a traditional tatami room with dinner and breakfast included. The trip started with a 620 Yen bus trip from the JR Tazawako station. Then we were taken by a smallre bus to the onsen over snow covered roads. Beautiful views of the famous lake and mountain forest. Not much English spoken and the ryoken but...

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1Thank RossMarg
Reviewed 19 January 2016 via mobile

Surrounding Tsurunoyu is currently my favourite Onsen in Japan . It is 300 years old ryokan Onsen nestled deep in the mountains of Towada- Hatchimantai National Park . Nyuto Onsen Pass I bought the Nyuto Onsen at 1550¥(S$18). I could visit 7 onsens as a day-tripper in the Nyuto Onsenkyo area. Tsurunoyu Onsen closes on Mon . How to Get...

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5Thank Justine L
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 18 January 2016

It feels like you are being transported to another era in which life is much simpler. We booked the rustic room type which is located along the main entrance. Room is cozy and you get to enjoy your dinner within your room surrounding irori. However it is rather noisy especially during the day due to all the people walking by....

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4Thank Eva N
Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

I wasn't expecting any snow and when I got there, it was just breath taking. The staff were genuinely nice and very welcoming to me, despite having a huge language barrier. Thankfully, I knew enough Japanese and they knew enough English to male everything work out, including how to get back to Tokyo from the onsen. The food was very...

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Reviewed 7 December 2015 via mobile

This place is incredible and is one of my favourite place in Japan. It's the combination of all good aspects, staffs, view, onsen, room, weather. You'll feel calm and cozy during the stay. I will definitely go back.

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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
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Additional Information about Tsurunoyu Onsen

Address: 50 Sendatsu Tazawako Tazawa, Semboku 014-1204, Akita Prefecture
Region: Japan > Tohoku > Akita Prefecture > Semboku > Tazawakokogen Onsen
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Tsurunoyu Onsen Hotel Semboku
Tsurunoyu Onsen Japan/Akita Prefecture - Semboku
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“We had ground floor room with no view, but rooms upstairs had forest views.”
 of 5 bubbles RossMarg, 20 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Avoid the rustic room at main building should you prefer a quieter environment”
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 of 5 bubbles achinkwan, 18 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Choose original Japanese Rooms where the food is being served inside the room. Arrive early. Take baths.”
 of 5 bubbles 566henningf, 30 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Get in early if you want to book a thatched roof room. There aren't many of them.”
 of 5 bubbles FamilyNTKG, 10 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Go for the best, the others are not worth good”
 of 5 bubbles Cyril-Mundy, 7 Dec 2014 | Read review
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