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Tsurunoyu Onsen

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To get to this ryokan, it is best to buy the onsen pass where they provide shuttle to the various onsens in Nyuto onsen. But be warned that Tsurunoyu onsen is in full public view so when you are soaking inside the water, tourists could just walk past and snap pictures of you in close range. Fortunately, the water is...

Thank RebeccaSingapore
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Absolutely fabulous. Very traditional with very few, if an,y Westerners. There is separated areas for men and women and a beautiful shared area. If you have no inhibitions this place is for you. I would not that photos without first asking those in the Onsen if they were comfortable. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

To appreciate Japan stay at least once at Tsurunoya Onsen! It's nestled among the hills about an hour from the nearest JR station and it's nearest neighbor is well out of sight on a winding forest road. The silence and stillness is a much welcome change from hectic urban life. The property is a collection of ancient wood buildings from...

Thank Roxtor
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Do you want to experience peace and tranquility? How about a traditional Onsen experience that's been around for more then 300 years? What about 24 hour access for the shy who want to bath alone whilst looking at the night sky? If you answered yes to any or all of them this is the onsen for you. Pro's -meals provided...

Thank Trong N
Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 12 December 2016

If you travel to the Nyuto onsen area and intend to visit more than one onsen, this should be on your list. We visited Kuroyu, Ganiba, Ogama, Tsurunoyu and we stayed at Taenoyu, Of the five we visited, Tsurunoyu seemed like the largest, and therefore less intimate for good and bad. The waters were milky and soft, and the setting...

Thank Travelhors
Reviewed 13 November 2016 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

Thank Pat F
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...

14Thank Crossingtheglobe
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.

Thank soarawit w
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...

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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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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