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Tsurunoyu Onsen

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50 Sendatsu Tazawako Tazawa, Semboku 014-1204 , Akita Prefecture
Tsurunoyu Onsen
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous mountain location and very, very traditional onsen with milky blue waters next to a mountain stream. Don't expect Western amenities or attitudes--this is very Japanese, which makes it all the more special. Our room had tatami mats of course but also a small open pit fire over which our dinner was cooked--fresh fish from the mountain streams roasted by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in this truly stunning and original mountain hidden Onsen place in June with 4 friends. As soon as you arrive you step back in history. It appears that the old houses are part of the landscape, not only because they look like being there from a far away time with a lot of patina on the outside. Inside... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Well first of all, this is no Kinosaki. The ryokan itself is very simple, so do not expect great service. Rooms at the cheaper ends are very spartan (but good enough for me). You will have to put up with people walking up and down the corridors and stairs - after all, rooms are separated by very thin walls. If... More 

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Bucks
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

My husband loves Kurosawa films, so, we were really excited to visit this 350 year old onsen in a remote area of the northern region of Japan. The place itself did not disappoint, with pouring rain creating even more mystical atmosphere. I loved the milky coloured onsen. However, unfortunately we had very noisy neighbours – 6 people in a room.... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It felt like we'd stepped back in time. Beautiful old ryokan situated on a stream, with a water wheel. Our room was small and pretty basic but absolutely fine. The baths were beautiful - there is a mixed gender bath and also a ladies' bath. Don't let the mixed gender aspect put you off - there's a screen from the... More 

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Singapore River, Singapore
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is a one of Japan's best kept secrets a ultimate Ryoken ( Japanese Inn ) Onsen ( Hotel spring ) Dates back 500 years, in very remote very beautiful part of Japan 2 hours south of Akita ( from Akita get off at JR. Tazawako station just outside the station the is a bus going each hour for Arupa... More 

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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

What an experience! It felt like we'd gone back hundreds of years. The setting is so isolated and the onsen and buildings are so rustic and historic. We stayed in one of the small number of old style rooms with thatched roofs. This was both good and bad. Good - because it's the ultimate at Tsurunoyu, with dinner cooked in... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Very old ryokan with lots of visitors. There were 6 of us and booking proved difficult. They seem to mainly do group bookings through agents. We eventually gave up trying to deal directly and booked through JR View. We ended up with three levels of room. One at Y 90,000, one at Y 74,000 and one at Y60,000. Only the... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We stayed here for 2days. It was early spring, around here was covered by white snow. when I first saw the view of this place, I said " amazing". My wife beside me also said "quite beautiful ! ". After checking in, we hurryed to get into hot spring. There was no words to express the feelings of this experience.... More 

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We went on a Sunday for a day stay. It's probably best to rent a car to get there, but day stay is very cheap at 500 Yen each. As it was a Sunday it was crowded (specially the mixed rotenburo, barely anyone in the indoors), but regardless that the baths are super awesome and totally rustic which is hard... More 

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