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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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88 hotel reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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
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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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28 helpful votes 28 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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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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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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Sydney
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30 hotel reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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OZ
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60 hotel reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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