We stayed here several years ago. We managed to book it only because we were connected on the phone with an English-speaking staff. During our stay, it was extremely helpful that one of the staff could communicate with us in English.
Service was excellent,. it is customary in Japan to call ahead to inform when one is arriving. Because we did this, we were collected on the road where the bus from Hachinohe dropped us. The segregated baths, the meals, and the room were excellent. Behind the inn was a large forest with beautiful beech trees and a lake. We walked here a couple of times. This presented good photographic opportunities. It was still early autumn (we came in September) and we could imagine the red autumn colours if we had arrived here a few weeks later.
This is a good base to explore Tohoku: Lake Towada is reached by a short bus ride, or a beautiful three hour hike by the Oirase Stream. Not far away is a large Onsen famous because of its huge size. Mount Hakkoda is worth a visit and further beyond is the beautiful city of Aomori.
Thoroughly recommended for a quiet holiday.
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