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Sukayu Onsen Ryokan
Ranked #3 of 50 Hotels / Ryokan in Aomori
Certificate of Excellence
Aomori, Japan
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311 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“fun, authentic, memorable”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Overnight stay in January 2014 -- just driving there was a blast, because snow was neatly piled over six feet high on the roadsides. Thank goodness for the Google maps app on my iPhone! As an early arrival, I was directed to a mat-covered day room to bide time until check-in. The hotel staff was friendly, conveying the necessary info via gestures and good-enough English about baths, meal times, heater operations, etc. My room was the traditional tatami setup as expected. The steamy onsen was fun and memorable for its great character. Dinner was brought to the room and was very good, and the dining hall breakfast was OK. All visitors to Japan should experience at least one traditional ryokan onsen, and Sukayu is a fine exemplar.

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2013

My husband and I recently enjoyed three days at Sukayu Onsen, Aomori Pref., May 2013, so early Spring, and found it a wonderful place. The ryokan is about 300 years old and the sulphurous baths are antique, all wooden and authentic. Access is easy, by bus on which you can use your JR Pass, from Aomori Station or the Aomori Shinkansen station. We arrived there after spending a couple of days further north, at the tip of Aomori, on the Shimokita Peninsula, a sacred Buddhist site beside a crater lake. There was still a lot of snow around Sukayu Onsen, and on Hokkoda-san volcano nearby. But that didn't stop us, there is a scenic bus service that takes you over the mountains to Lake Towada, that, again you can use your JR Pass on. We spent a day hiking the beautful Oirase Valley, surrounded by Spring flowers and much new green growth in the forest, with the river and waterfalls gushing with snow melt that had caused Towadako to overflow, i.e., we walked southward, upstream to Towado crater lake, then caught the bus back to Sukayu. Another day we took a boat across Towada Lake. Sukayu is a special place, and we received much kindness from our host Taro-san, who speaks English. Dinner each evening were traditional ryokan spreads served in our tatami room, featuring much seafood, probably sourced from Aomori Bay. We recommend this unique experience, and hopefully next time we can return in the summer or autumn when we can perhaps climb the surrounding volcanoes.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

If you are a hot spring lover,this is the place. Because of snowfall every day for 3 days, I could not go out for a walk.But I could enjoy taking two kinds of bath. One is a large mixed bath. The other is a male only bath. Both have good quality water. Food is full of varieties,both from mountains and the sea -traditional local Japanese cuisine and very healthy.
Rooms are all Japanese style and toilet is outside the room.You cannot blame them for that because it is an old wooden buildig.
Service is good. The staff,especially ladies serving food have good sense of humor.
Some people say it can be overcrowded.So avoid New Year, Golden Week and August Obon holidays. You can enjoy hiking in warm seasons and ski in winter. It will provide a unique experience.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 November 2010

We stayed one night at Sukayu (after cabbing it from Aoni - also highly recommended). Before our stay, we did a 5 hour Hakkoda-san hike and we were sure ready to hit the onsen after that. (The hike by the way was probably the highlight of the whole trip, but very muddy towards Sukayu so watch out for that.)
The big onsen is mixed gender, so be aware. It was definitely mostly men. We were told by friends to watch out for wani (gawkers) but I don't think we experienced any. The water was some of the best I've experienced. We went twice that evening.

Food was pretty good and service was good. Dinner was in the room but breakfast was a big buffet. Dinner was definitely better than breakfast.

Staff were nice but they deal with lots of people coming and going so the front desk does not have that personal touch.

Walls were paper thin so by 5:00 am we could hear a thunderous cavalcade of early risers tromping through the halls.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sukayu Onsen Ryokan
Address: 50 Sukayuzawa, Minami Arakawasan Kokuyurin, Arakawa, Aomori 030-0111, Aomori Prefecture
Region: Japan > Tohoku > Aomori Prefecture > Aomori
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Ranked #3 of 50 Hotels / Ryokan in Aomori
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Hotel Class:3 star — Sukayu Onsen Ryokan 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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