We made a mistake about the travelling directions to Lake Akan. We ended up arriving 4 hours later than we should. We checked in and enquired about the ice fishing only to be informed that it was over. Thinking that this would be it, we resigned ourselves to sightseeing. Just as we were leaving, the owner told told us that he managed to contact some friends who were providing the ice fishing experience and insisted on driving us over to the location. Impeccable Japanese service.
The rooms are very typical of Japanese homes in the 80s, and toiletries are minimal(bring your own toothbrushes people) but they do provide yukata. Like what other reviews said, the common baths have seen better days, but it was well worth the price.
Dinner was a homely affair, filling and extremely delicious. Breakfast is also Japanese styled, and natto defeated us all, to the amusement of the owners.
We also wanted to go to view the tancho cranes on our way to Kushiro and enquired about the directions. This was the part that overwhelmed us.
First, the owner told us that the locals all knew that the cranes gather at winter feeding grounds at 丹頂の里(forgot the pronunciation), and not the mating grounds as stated in most travelling guides.
Then, the owner told us that travelling there and then on to Kushiro via the public bus is not only expensive, but will take a very long time. She offered to get us seats on a shuttle service that the locals use(阿寒はやい) which not only costa about the same, but would save us a lot more time.
Third, she offerred to send us over to the winter feeding grounds for free using their own vehicle and arrange for the local shuttle to pick us up at the winter feeding grounds. Impressive service standards.
In spite of the location being on the edge of the town, in spite of the rooms and facilities being a little old, we left humbled by the generosity of the owners and impressed by the service and hospitality we were showered with.
- Also Known As:
- Onsen Minshuku Yamaguchi Kushiro, Japan - Hokkaido