The photos and website present this hotel glamorously enough, but in reality, it's a huge disappointment, and no better than any other ryokan choice in the region. Yet it is way more expensive than its neighbors. Pictured as if its surrounded by nature, it is in fact surrounded by other buildings, car parks, roads and such, taking away from the experience of being "in nature." The service was nonchalant, and the food though well presented, was bland and no better than at any other similar ryokan. Many high-end resorts are worth their price. This one, though they may be good at taking glossy photos, most definitely is not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a richly forested mountain setting 90 minutes and a world away from Tokyo, our showcase retreat provides the ultimate fresh-air escape with award-winning ecotours, acclaimed birdwatching, and healing hot springs. After a day on woodland trails, relax further with seasonal cuisine, spa treatments inspired by Zen precepts, and a cypress-bath soak in the privacy of your spacious guestroom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hoshinoya Karuizawa Hotel Karuizawa-Machi