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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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Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 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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190 reviews 190 reviews
89 hotel reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
6 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Went during late winter season. It is absolutely magical in Winter. The open hot springs while its snowing, and the fog... Simply magical. Stayed 2 nights in February. I think 2 nights is sufficient to explore the nearby attractions. Staff do not speak fluent English, but were sufficient enough. Very gelpful. Will visit again in 2015.

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London
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My grown-up son and I had been traveling around Japan, by chance during Golden Week, which as many will know, is the time of year many Japanese take off to the country. Consequently, we changed our plans to avoid the crowds. Whilst staying in Sapporo, we hit on the possibly mistaken idea of visiting a 'hitou' or 'hidden onsen', thinking... More 

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