We stayed at Risonare for 2 nights in July after a night at a luxurious onsen hotel in Izu.
Our room was the Maisonette Suite. A two level condo style room with a private jacuzzi outside.
The resort is as beautiful as the photos on its website.
Children's activities are endless. Food in the small eateries are very very good. Especially the coffee shop, it was one of the best coffees we have ever had.
Two restaurants in the resort if you have meals included in your accomodation plan.
YY grill, and the Otto Sette. YY Grill was casual dining, in buffet style. Otto Sette is quite expensive, and Italian.
The food is only OK in the resort, hence we didn't try Otto Sette after seeing the prices were quite expensive for a dinner. We had all our meals in YY grill because our breakfast was included in our stay plan.
Kids LOVED this resort. I arranged some activities from the Kids Activity center, like Candle Making, Horseback riding.... they had supervisors that spoke fluent English just to take care of my kids. My kids' first time in going to resort style kids' activity center and I thought their response was amazingly positive because of the warmth and caring attitude of the staff Ouki.
There are lots of bicycles from very small ones with training wheels, to teen age size, to adults' size that are free to use outside the activity center that my kids LOVED. Each time we passed by, we each took a bicycle and they rode in this huge open area where no cars have access. Then you can also take the bicycles to anywhere in the resort area.
There are hiking trails, and lots of outdoor activities. We didn't have time to do them all.
The WAVE pool was super fun. Each hour, there would be 15 minutes of gigantic waves in their huge indoor swimming pool. You can also rent floaters, and boats, and balls to use.
There is a nice whirlpool area next to the swimming pool. Very nice warm bubbling water, that is part indoor and part outdoor.
Our plan stay included usage for the pool, otherwise it's about 1400 Yen per person to use the pool.
They also have onsen, public baths, very nice, but didn't go because we didn't have time, and we had onsen experience alread before arriving at Risonare.
The room was ok, it's nice to have two levels, because kids thought it was cool to go up and down the stairs and sleep upstairs at night. But I think the design had some flaws in that no air con reaches up to the second floor, so it was always quite hot up there. The bathroom is totally bad in design that it's not family friendly at all. No non-slip mats in the tub was provided, the toilet was totally in the way of the bathtub, so it was really hard for my to shower my kids. My son actually fell and slipped in the tub (like a slide) one time. Luckily he was not injured.
The Jacuzzi was nice, but because of the resort being in a forest like area, there were many bugs and mosquitoes outside that deterred us from using it much.
No elevator access either to the rooms that are in the condo style.
Many japanese families in the resort, all with young children. Also many wedding couples come here to take photos. Very beautiful indeed.
Cafe and lobby provides wireless internet as well as a computer for use free of charge.
Book store is a nice place to roam around after dinner.
The convenience store was also great for each day's needs, and souvenirs.
Dogs are allowed on the properties, but separated from those guests who don't have pets. The rooms are only of certain numbers, and at the restaurants, the pet owners and pets are taken to another area separated from the rest of the guests.
It was 2 hours drive BACK to Tokyo, ONE straight expressway. Very easy access.
We were a little disappointed in the lack of luxurious feeling IN our suite, but none the less, we had a great unique time at this resort before heading back to the hustle bustle of Tokyo.
- Also Known As:
- Risonare Hotel Hokuto
- Hoshino Resort Risonare Yatsugatake Japan/Hokuto
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