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KuroyuOnsen islocated at northern extrenty of NyuouOnsen,Akita Prefecture. Since 340 of years, KuroyuOnsen has been used to heal wounds and injuries. There are 2 different sources around buildings and in such environment you go on a hike under the clear air. Cuisine with local foodstaff, delicious Sake, and milky white hot spring・・・ Please visit KuroyuOnsen to relax and sooth your soul.
We were looking for the hidden gem kind of experience far from everything, and it was exactly how we had imagined. Getting there was even easier than expected. The service was way above average, one of the best I have ever received to be exact, except one thing. It turns out they put us into a better room than we had booked, one that costs about 30% more than our original booking. When we left the payment was made by a member of our group who had never seen the plans beforehand so we only noticed the mistake much later. As for whether it was a honest mistake or not, we will never know, the only thing certain is that the staff has never said a word about it during our stay, not even when we were checking out.
This traditional style Ryokan is rustic and simple. The staff is welcoming and helpful, the food is fantastic. It is located in a very tranquil area by the water, and it is not very turístico. It is great for relaxing and it is really nice to have different options for Onsen (public bath), including a mixed bath. My husband has tattoos and they were ok with him accessing the baths: he just had to ask.
Rustic, traditional rooms, medium-size ryokan, well equipped. This is exactly what I was looking for. The food was excellent, local fish and vegetables, simple. Everyone was friendly and some spoke English. We enjoyed the several onsen, and one was for mixed bathing, great if you're a couple. I gave it 5 stars for the total experience, having stayed in many ryokan. But it is not a luxury place. We rented a car from Toyota at the Akita airport. First time I drove in Japan, everything went well. I described this more in my review of Miyakowasure.
As the title says everything is very minimalistic and mostly old. This is Is better described as a lodge surrounded by onsen called hot water springs. You hand carry your luggage from the parking lot down to their lodges on a slope which might be slippery by leafs and is not well built/maintained. The same applies for all walking ways or stairs. Even though this hotel two stars, the room equipment overall is below my expectation. If you like Hot Springs OK. Go there as visitor but stay in a different hotel. The only reason why I don't even give less points is the very friendly staff and the food which was OK for me.
We stayed for 2 nights in a corner room with mountain view and liked this place. The view from our room expansive and gorgeous, despite the fact that a dam is currently being constructed across the stream.
The room is spotlessly clean, incredibly spacious, traditional yet new looking, and had a modern en-suite sink and bidet. Our favorite onsen room. Parts of the corridors can get chilly but no biggie as you don't linger there. There is a small smoking area indoors that is not enclosed, but it was barely used and there was no smell at all.
Numerous onsen pools. Note that most of the onsens are housed in separate buildings from the rooms, so it is cold when you walk out to them. No problem when walking back as you will be sufficiently warmed up by then. The washing area for each pool also functions as the shower area. Thus quite small and not many stations. I would have preferred a separate shower area.
Staff were always friendly, all smiles, and it felt genuine. They spoke a smattering of English, sufficient to get key information across.
Food was local traditional fare, always more than enough. Lake fish and mountain vegetables featured. Tasty and appetizing. Perhaps less refined, more homely than other keiseki meals I have had at other onsens, but good in itself.
Do ring ahead for pick up at the Nyuto Onsen bus stop, otherwise you'll have to walk about 10-15min from the bus stop to the onsen with a downhill section.