We spent two nights at Misono Hotel last September. Kawayu Onsen is conveniently located between Lake Kussharo and Lake Mashu, allowing you to really enjoy the area.
The hotel is bigger than traditional ryokan so there are a lot of customers but the staff is always very friendly and helpful. The japanese-style room was one of the prettiest we've had in Japan, even if we didn't have a great view because we were on a lower floor. There was a lot of place in the room, and an ensuite bathroom.
There is also a shared onsen in the hotel which my fiance tried and found very nice. I didn't try it because we spent our days around Kussharo Lake where you can find a lot of free outdoor onsen so my feet had their share of hot water already^^ (I can only get my feet in there, it's always too hot for me)
The dinner was delicious, with many different japanese dishes to try, and different both nights. There is also a buffet where you can pick up potatoes, sashimi, etc. You cannot walk out of there still hungry, for sure ! There is also a japanese style breakfast in the morning with a little buffet too.
The location is really great. Kawayu Onsen itself is a nice little town where you can already smell the scent of sulfur from all the hot springs in the area. From there it's easy to go to Lake Kussharo , around which you can find many outdoor onsen with really nice views. There is also Iozan, a mountain where you can actually see hot vapors of sulfur coming out of the ground. And Lake Mashu, a crater lake which is often lost in the fog, but if you're lucky enough will offer you one of the most amazing views ever.
And to finish our visit of Akan National Park, the road taking you back to Sapporo goes just next to Lake Akan, so we were able to enjoy lunch with a nice view on the third lake !
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- Misono Hotel Hokkaido/Teshikaga-Cho, Japan