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50 Sendatsu Tazawako Tazawa, Semboku, Akita Prefecture 014-1204 , Japan (Tazawakokogen Onsen)
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Tsurunoyu Onsen
Ranked #1 of 32 Semboku B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

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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15 hotel reviews
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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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20 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We had become aware of this 300 year old onsen from TV shows and it looked enchanting. We arrived during a period of some of the heaviest snow across Japanm in 20 year. This made the final drive up, in the Onsen mini bus, a surreal experience. Snow was piled higher than the bus on the side of the road... More

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52 hotel reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We were initially planning to do Seikan tunnel tour in Oct, unfortunately tours tickets were sold out in one minute, you are not mistaken "IN ONE MINUTE" . Alternative activity was to be found to fill the day, TSURUNOYU ONSEN came to mind. In fact this had been in my bucket list for donkey years . This Ryokan is extremely... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was my first stay at an onsen and it was a great experience. The staff are friendly and make you feel very welcome. The buildings are clean, well kept and created a very nice atmosphere. If you are looking for an authentic Japanese experience then you will be very pleased staying here. They have men and women's separate baths... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I will never forget this place as it was a main highlight of my trip. Traveled on 22-Apr-2013 with my wife and stayed in the rustic Honjin 2. We booked our room via "folake@tazawako.org" 6 months before our travel date with the price of 9600 yen per person & meal included (dinner & breakfast). The room was actually quite spacious... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Some scenes from the Korean TV series Iris was shot on location here, so expect loads of day trippers till 3pm. If u happen to arrive before then, take a hike up the forest trail starting at the Tori gate next to the car park. It was pretty in May and must be gorgeous in Autumn. The ryokan is pretty... More

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Seattle, Washington
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32 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

This is a picturesque onsen in the mountains in central northern Honshu. It is a joy just getting there in the winter. My wife and I traveled by train and then bus through the deep snow and were surprised by how easy it was with all the friendly help from station agents and the bus driver. When you arrive it... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Me and my partner went to the 400 year old Tsurunoyu Onsen on 24th December 2012 to spend our Christmas eve during our year end Japan trip. We heard about it through a Japanese friend and did some research on it on Tripadvisor (Thanks Adrain for the advise given!)) and blogs. Their main website is this : http://www.tsurunoyu.com/english.html. We were... More

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21 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Tsurunoyu Onsen is hidden onsen. We went during the winter which made it even more hidden as it snowed like there was no tomorrow. Almost the entire facility is made of wood and stones. The open air mixed bath was lovely. I love the little huts and the onsen's architecture. It was snowing thus the water became lukewarm. This was... More

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Address: 50 Sendatsu Tazawako Tazawa, Semboku, Akita Prefecture 014-1204 , Japan
Location: Japan > Tohoku > Akita Prefecture > Semboku > Tazawakokogen Onsen
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Tsurunoyu Onsen Hotel Semboku
Tsurunoyu Onsen Japan/Akita Prefecture

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