After a very, long, hot, stuffy, bumpy bus ride from the train station to the on-sen, I was ready for a nice, hot relaxing bath and I wasn't disappointed. The bathing facilities were decent. This seems like an on-sen that the locals might stop by on the way home from work. Not too many frills. You bathe and then you sit in the sauna for 10 minutes, then you bathe again and that's it. A little disappointing for someone used to wonderful spas in which you can bathe, then relax in a big comfy chair and have a beer and some noodles, maybe read a book, then go bathe again. In this on-sen, if you aren't actually in the bath, then you are in your room (which is very nice and comfortable) or in one of the horribly decrepit stinking cigarette hallways or lounge areas. The sky lounge is nice and quiet and a perfect place for a late night draft beer. The staff are friendly and attentive and the location is very good for sightseeing among the different "hells" that are the main tourist attraction of the area. I noticed some blue construction tarps set up around the lobby, so perhaps they are doing some much-needed renovating. Seriously - the hallways are absolutely fetid, which don't do justice to the very nice rooms or the perfectly acceptable (although a bit unimaginative) bathing facilities.
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