I booked this hotel because of the indoor pool. When we got there we had to hire towels and SWIMMInG CAPS!?? Net ones, my teenagers wouldn't go, I forced them. I Spent $13 nzd ( which I didn't have, as thought I wouldn't need to spend any cash in Japan. Put it on visa) for the privilege of them swimming for 5 mins.
They won't let you swim without them, but as I left 3 men entered at different times..not wearing them!
If they had stated swimming caps on the website and the $$$ needed to purchase I would have stayed at the Marriott in town and we wouldn't have had to walk 7 km round trip to the temple. But I thought the pool would be good after a 12 hr flight from nz, but they were just embarrassed. The marriott has a free shuttle to the airport, which is another thing I wanted as does the excel. Takes 20 mins and after 10.30 am runs once an hour! So be careful. Make sure you realise it's not every ten minutes etc but every 30 mins before 10.30 then hourly, if your flight is at 1 pm onwards etc
But going to the temple was the main reason we stopped in Japan on the way to Paris, and the walk was good, it was sunny and warm ( 1 deg but warmed up to 8 but no wind and sun made you sweat walking) and there is a free shuttle to town once an hour but we didn't want to waste anytime as only had 18 hrs there so left before it operated ( 0730, we finished breakfast by 7 am)
The breakfast was good, restaurant and surroundings nice.we had a room facing the waterfall and garden, so it was quiet, ask for that not one facing the motorway. Would I stay again...maybe. I enjoyed an hour in the pool and no one was with me, empty..so it was relaxing. ( my 4 kids changed and went back to the 2 rooms we had booked)
A load of kids in there, prob wouldn't bother. Spa was nice. My hat looked cute!
There is an outdoor small pool by restaurant but it was dirty and closed, being November. Rooms were old but clean. Bathrooms like a caravan Formica wall bathroom, but clean. Have stayed at nikka before, and that was good, but this hotel is the first hotel you get to if Walking to the village so that made the walk doable ( about 2 kms to green bridge then turn right to temple..another 1 km meandering through the streets)
The temple was great, the gardens lovely, a few leaves on the trees still to drop.
It was a great experience for them and worth the stop over.
Hotel was a triple room and a double with breakfast $230 nzd (Plus towels and swimming caps.
Ha ha ,) which was a good price I feel for 5 of us, and my boys put some bacon away!!! We took some pikelets, croissants and rolls for morning tea later.
Thank you Japan for the experience. I was travelling alone with my kids as husband already in France. I felt safe and well looked after. The free wifi was brilliant .
We brought food from nz for tea that might but the hotel had about 5 dining areas, lobby was pretty with a Christmas tree . English isn't spoken well...but we got by ( ie where is the pool, password for wifi, hiring of towels...the lady there, no English ) seemed a hotel where Japanese stayed rather than kiwis
Mattresses are excellent, rooms semi quite. Could hear shuffling above a little bit.
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