this hotel is also known as Plaza Hotel Sanrokuso Bekkan Shikisai (I suppose that Bekkan means Annex). It is near Take Tazawa (worth a visit) and a Ski Resort area in Akita Prefecture. Our room was spacious with a large tatami mat sitting area (actually, we would have preferred one of their slightly smaller rooms with a Western style sitting area). The room had comfortable beds and came with all the usual amenities. The bathroom contained a good size sink but no shower as you are expected to use the shared bath facilities that are separated by gender. The shared facilities included a covered outdoor rock lined basin fed by a hot spring, which we found very romantic, especially with the rain coming down. We had no objection to using the shared facilities which are quite standard in Japan. As there are no restaurants within walking distance, you would be well advised to choose the dinner plan in their restaurants where kaiseki style dinners are served, with wine, beer, or sake being extra. Be aware that the staff has very limited English capabilities and that no Western food will be offered for any of the meals. One of our breakfasts included a raw egg and bacon along with a cooker, and we asked (in Japanese) that our next breakfast offered the same dish. This may be a good place to suggest that, if you travel in the Tohoku region, you should come armed with a basic Japanese phrase book and dictionary, such as is offered by Lonely Planet. There is no WiFi or internet computer; however, they will offer you an LAN cable upon request. Access is by bus from the Tazawako train station (which is conveniently on the Akita to Tokyo Shinkansen line) every hour, or by hotel minibus twice in the mornings and twice in the afternoons. You can take the Shinkansen to Kakunadate to visit the Samurai houses there. We rented a car for two days without any difficulties. The visitor center in the train station is well versed in English and will advise you on all matters that you bring before them including places to visit and car rental options.
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