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“Getting over jetlag in Atami”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Micuras

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Hotel Micuras
Ranked #2 of 108 Hotels / Ryokan in Atami
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“Getting over jetlag in Atami”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

I had a few days of 'independent travel' time in Japan before going to a big, full-on conference, so I wanted to make sure I get over the jetlag and also have some relaxation time before that. I was utterly clueless and spent a lot of time trying to figure out what on earth to do in a country I know nothing about, in the middle of the typhoon season when it is unbearably hot and humid (for some of us anyway). An old school friend recommended a nice resort in the south of the Izu peninsula, where I am headed today : ) But my flight into Narita arrived too late to make it all the way there on day one. So, I studied that map and figured out that the first major train stop on the way to the resort in the town of Atami. It's a straightforward journey, first on the Narita Express to Shinagawa. You can buy the tickets at Narita, there is a counter as soon as you exit customs, and staff here speak good English. If you say you want to go to Shinagawa, they will give you a seat reservation in one of the front carriages on the express, because these are separated from the rest of the train at Tokyo station. On the journey to Atami, it is a good idea to avpid Tokyo station and to make the transfer at the much smaller Shinagawa station instead, hence this recommendation. At Shinagawa, there will be several 'Kodama' trains that are headed to Shin-Osaka and that stop at Atami. In total, the trip will take about 2 hours including train changes etc. Atami itself is nothing much to write home about (although there are some interesting and accessible sights e.g. the Museum of Art, located on top of a hill with excellent views and some nice Japanse art)...but it is a good spot to get ready for the rest of your Japanese adventure as it is easily reached from Narita. Everything here is very well-organised and safe, although dining does seem to finish a bit too early in the evening (ca. 9 pm, apart from greasy spoon places which are OK for atmosphere and fine for food really, on a one-off basis). I feel I got really lucky in booking a room in the Micuras hotel, which is right by the seafront and about 5 minutes taxi ride from the train station. The best thing about the hotel is that it gives you a mini 'onsen' experience as it has really lovely mini spa that is included in room price. You get to experience the hot Japanese bath without too much confusion (although beware: the bathing code does call for scrupulous cleanliness and nudity among members of your own sex - no swim suits allowed!). The women's bathing area is on the 8th and the men's on the 13th - totally segregated. The water pressure in the showers is the strongest I have ever experienced - my hair never felt this clean before! The trick is to spend just the right time in the hot water pool that overlooks the seafront - too long is a bit disastrous as the water is really hot. But when you need to recover and chill, there is a gorgeous relaxation area just above the baths, with a machine for unlimited cold and hot drinks. There is a treatments spa, which is a bit pricey, but I really enjoyed an hour-long aromatherapy massage. Dinner here is tasty but you do need to book in advance and you should not arrive in a state of starvation as the Japanese portions are not very big for Western appetite (for gluttons like me anyway). The staff are extremely helpful and polite, but their English is quite limited. But my attitude at this stage is that everything about Japan is interesting and fun, and I don't require too much interpretation, just enjoying it all : ) So, in summary, Micuras is a top spot for getting over your jetlag - recommend strongly for one or two nights.

Room Tip: Definitely ask for beach view room
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

Room facing the sea on the 6 floor was heavenly not to mention jacuzzi type of bath tub!
Huge flat TV screen an added bonus! Absolutely excellent value for money! The twin beds are big enough for two people.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Atami has fireworks show thoughtout the year (twice to 4 times per season, shows in summer are the biggest but doesn't mean the others are small scale) and we came here for the one on April 29 this year. We got an oceanview twin room which is spacious and have a great view for the firework. Afte the show, you can also buy some firework packs are nearby convenience store and play on the beach, it's really lots of fun.
The hotel is clean & new, the onsen on 8th floor (for women) & top floor (for men) both has great oceanview. We tried other traditional & famous onsen ryokans during the trip but surprisingly we found this one at a modern hotel is in fact the best among all.
Afterall, Atami is an outdated tourism place and really not much thing to see except firework. The government there should really think about some city renovation & revolution.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

This time we chose the room what they call "mountain view". There is no view at all and no window in the room, which could be uncomfortable for some people. But it really worked well for us. Total isolation from the outside world. They have a big home theatre screen and a huge Japanese style bathtub, enough for two. The round bed is indeed round and big.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013 via mobile

I stayed at a beach view room (see photo) on the 5th floor. I booked thru rakuten web site with breakfast and dinner and the check in was smooth and the staff insisted helping us with the luggages to the room. The room was bright and clean. I think the inside has been renovated to a more modern look. There are two sinks behind the beds. I wanted a double bed type room but I think they only have twin bed rooms for this room type which I am a bit frustruated as they advertised this room is designed for couple while they are setup for the couple to sleep separately but I guess they wanted to maximize the utlilzatiin rate so I ended up pushing the two beds into one. They do have another room type with a heart shape bed for couple but it is not beach view so we didn”t book it.
The hotspring for women is one floor and top floor is for men and they do not have the service to book a hotspring for couple use which is a disappointment. There is indoor and outdoor hotspring and I couldn”t figured out whether they are real natural hotspring or just water so it is clear and there is no mineral smell.
The included dinner is offered in the only restaurant on 3rd floor. The environment is western and cosy but I found the food quality was so so as I expected it would be better and the portion was quite small. Breaksfast is at the same restaurant and I enjoyed it. U get to boil your own vegetable. The check out time for my booking was 10am and I tried to ask for 11am check but they said there is 1000 yen charge per person per hour which is very typical japanese hotel practice of inflexibility. I want to state that all the staff at front desk or restaurant were very nice and willing to offer help. They offered proactively to help call a taxi for us. It is very close to a number of restaurants so u do not really need to book a room with dinner.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Fukuoka, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

It is very good hotel cuz my brother is working there:) hahaha
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

My wife and I stayed 2 nights in a junior suite ocean view on the 9th floor facing the Ocean.
The reception was efficient and helpful.
The room was wide with A sofa next to the window overlooking the ocean and the bath was also next tot the window. The room had been renovated and was immaculate, in particular the large bathroom. The only weak point were the windows that were outdated and did not isolate properly from the cold (we travelled in December) and the noise of the road between the hotel and the beach. If you are sensitive to the noise that can be quite annoying.
The breakfast was good with a different risotto served everyday at the table and a buffet for the rest. The variety of food was below average for this standard of hotels.
The hotel was conveniently located in front of the beach and next to restaurants (I recommend Scott). The way to the station is a steep hill so it is better to go by taxi if you have
Luggages.
Overall this is a very good hotel if you are not looking for a Japanese ryokan , it is a bit overpriced.

Room Tip: Higher floors are less noisy
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Micuras
Address: 3-19 Higashikaigan-cho, Atami 413-0012, Shizuoka Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Shizuoka Prefecture > Atami > Atami Onsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Atami
#1 Luxury Hotel in Atami
#2 Family Hotel in Atami
#4 Best Value Hotel in Atami
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Micuras 4*
Number of rooms: 62
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