Bottom line up front: comfortable and commodious lodgings and amenities and tasty food, located on a picturesque bluff overlooking Matsushima Bay.
Details: son and I stayed overnight in August 2013. Arriving at Matsushima via train from Sendai, we caught the twice-hourly courtesy bus. Hotel Taikanso is reasonably big. The staff was very courteous, and were gracious in connecting to visitors like us who lacked Japanese language skills. A staff member escorted us to our spacious room. It overlooked the Bay and its many cedar-filled small islands.
We enjoyed a delicous multi-course prix fixe dinner at the on-site French restaurant Shiosai (other dining options are available, too). It was fun and tasty to sample the fusion of French and Japanese cuisines. Service was great. The following morning, our included buffet breakfast was extravagant in the range and quality of its offerings. For American travelers: think Courtyard Marriott and incredibly well beyond!
Taikanso's public baths (inside and outside) were pleasant as well. Our hotel room stocked yukatas (summer-weight kimonos) and sandals to be worn to and from the baths and optionally at meals. How fun -- just give in to the force and do it!
Our holiday-period overnight tariff for two travelers (one large twin room, dinner, and breakfast, was approx. $320 (not including a bottle of French wine at dinner)). Dirt cheap? No. Reasonable? I believe so, if you factor in the quality of furnishings, service, and amenities.
IHotel Taiksanso is a good choice for travelers who look to spend the night in Matsushima.
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- Also Known As:
- Taikanso Hotel Matsushima Machi