Chose to stay in Kitakami as a base to explore Hiraizumi and Hanamaki as the affordable hotels in those other cities are quite full during the date. From Kitakami, it is only 1 local train away to those cities. Arrived by highway bus on the west side of the station, have to use underpass in front of Met Hotel (not the one in front of the station/bus stop) to cross to the east side/shinkansen side of the station. From the east exit, it is only 1 minute walk to the left to reach the hotel.
It is clean as could be expected as the usual standard for Toyoko Inn and now equipped with strong wifi at all rooms as well. The size for single room is adequate, equipped with double-bed size. My only complain is the pillow provided is Japanese style (small with beans/straws in one side), but other than that, the room is really great for the price. They provide curry rice in the lobby as free service in the evening and breakfast in the morning. There are several convenience stores behind the hotel, but many restaurants are located at the western part of the station.
If you stay more than 1 night, you might want to participate in their eco plan program that give rate reduction for every consecutive second night without cleaning service (but they still provide clean towel every morning).
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