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“Comparison between Mahoroba and Daiichi Takimotokan” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Mahoroba
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   65 Noboribetsu Onsen, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido 059-0551 , Japan (Noboribetsu Onsen)   |  
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“Comparison between Mahoroba and Daiichi Takimotokan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I have stayed in Daiichi Takimotokan six years ago and this time I choose Mahobora.

Comparison:

Price -- Yen wise, I paid less for Mahoroba than I paid for Daiichi six years ago. But Mahoroba does not charge for hotel bus to and from Sapporo while Daiichi charges 500 Yen per trip.

Food -- Mahobora offers 3 kinds of crab leg: King, Snow and Hairy. The King Crab legs, though frozen, are fresher than those from Alaska. Daiichi offered less varieties.

Onsen -- Daiichi has an open onsen that faces the Hell Valley while Mahoroba does not. But Daiichi just has one waterfall-like onsen which can massage your back while Mahoroba has six.

Arrival time -- Mahoroba's bus arrives at the hotel at 3 pm while Daiichi arrives at 4 pm. I can use that extra hour to hike the Hell Valley (By 4 pm it is almost dark in winter in Noboribetsu).

So I prefer Mahoroba over Daiichi. The best bargain is book thru the JAPANESE webpage (English/Chinese webpage offers slightly higher rate) of the hotel. The rate can be as low as 7,850 Yen pp.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We stayed one night here as part of a packaged tour. The tatami room was adequete albeit rather small, but the onsen was really great. When we first went to the onsen, thought it smelled, but later realized its just the sulphur pool. The pools at basement 1 and 2 alternate for men and women. The night we were there, the B2 pools were for women and it was fantastic. The outdoor pools were really nice (even though it was a freezing -10 degrees C outside) and there was even slides for adults and children. They switch pools at 4am in the morning, and my sis in law went to check out the B1 pool to find it way smaller, and not as fun. If you only have one night there, and did not get the chance to check out the pools at B2, suggest that you wake up earlier the next day to try out the pools there. The dinner buffet was nice with a good variety, but not particularly wow'ed. A must try is the noodles.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

There are several ot spring hotels in Noboribetsu. Chose Mahoroba because of: 1. convenient location (accessible to shopping street), 2. Japanese styled rooms came with attached bathrooms 3. availability of outdoor hot springs. We booked two Japanese styled rooms for our group of 7. Paid 8,300 yen per pax per night (inclusive of breakfast and eat-all-you-can dinner with crabs). Quality of the food is reasonable. The hotel also provided us with complimentary bus service to Sapporo (just remember to inform the staff at the time of reservation). Overall it's a good deal.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Lovely hotel with natural hot springs in the "Hell Valley" area in Hokkaido. It was the rainy season when we were there but we still took a good soak in the hot springs of the hotel. We enjoyed the outdoor one very much and regret that we only had one night there. Our subsequent night at the pools of Yubari Mount Racey Resort were not as enjoyable. As mentioned by another reviewer, they alternate the pools between men and women so that everyone can experience the different outdoor/indoor pools. The dressing area is very large and have all the amenities - hair dryers,moisturisers/shampoos/etc/etc. We had fun wearing the provided yukata out to the nearby shopping street. Our beddings in the traditional japanese room were laid out for us when we were having dinner. Dinner was buffet style with lots of variety, but the much touted Hokkaido crabs were disappointingly over-boiled and tasteless. Overall we enjoyed the hot springs the most.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We stayed in a tatami room for one night over there. The room was ok but the service to setup the mattresses was slow. Altogether we requested the service twice before the job was done. For the hot springs, we enjoyed the outdoor pools very much! It would be a waste if staying there and not taking time to try the hot springs. The only thing which I think they should improve is the quality of the food. We are Japanese food lover but found that both the buffet dinner and breakfast did not taste good.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Stayed for a week in the end of May, 2012. Arrived from the Shin-Chitose airport (we rented a car there): 1,5 hours by the highway. The hotel is located in a very famous hot spring town called Noboribetsu adjacent to the terrific volcanic valley "Jugokudani" (means "The Hell Valley"), the source of the hotel's geothermal hot water. The area has a lot of attractions, both for adults and kids as well - The Hell Valley itself, the Historical Village, The Bear Farm with terrific view of the Kuttara lake, The Aquarium in Noboribetsu village, etc. Worth to rent a car to get to more distant places like the Toya lake with its famous Usuzan volcano, Muroran port with its Swan bridge or Orofure pass.
We stayed in two standard western style rooms on the 10th floor with a view of the town. The rooms were clean (a little bit worn, but not an issue at all) and well maintained, equipped with LCD TV. Unfortunately, no wi-fi in the rooms, you need to go to the first floor,near the sitting area in the lobby. The food (breakfast&dinner included) was very good, specially seafood (crabs, sashimi, etc.). You can choose from both Japanese & European cuisine. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The main attraction of the place is its hot springs, specially the outdoor pools. They claim it to be the biggest in Japan. Unforgettable experience of getting up earlier (opens up at 4 a.m.) and be the only one in the outdoor pool enjoying the sky just before the sunrise!
Highly recommend this hotel, if you want to experience the Japanese-style relaxation.
Iryna & Anatoli

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

We stayed a night as part of our Hokkaido trip. We were in luck as it was summer and the town would have a Ghost firework on a Friday as part of their festivities. So that was a bonus.

After coming from the Jozankei area, with the small old Onsen hotel, this was actually a step up.

THe area has sulphuric geothermal activity in the surrounding mountain, so this was something different from the other Onsen hotels we've been to till this point, so it was an experience. The onsen would have hotspring water that has sulphur content, thus be prepared for the smell.

It was with that that I would recommend heading straight for the outdoor onsen as soon as possible to get a better mix of fresh air and sulphur smell. On the onse, as mentioned by other reviewers, they switch the men's and women's (ie mornings and afternoons), and you have to try both, as one outdoor onsen kind of stares into boulders and hotel pillars, the other gives you a mountain slope view that is quite breath-taking.

I read here from a previous reviewer that you should choose a room on the higher floor to avoid as much of the sulphur smell as possible, and I agree with that recommendation.

Pros:
- Great onsen.
- Buffet dinner we were served was OK. Plenty of varieties, but don't be late to dinner.
- Opportunistic to see the Ghost Festival (only Fridays during summer I am told)

Cons:
- None really, except perhaps the sulphur smell, but that's a given considering its a sulphur onsen.

Room Tip: Choose higher floors to avoid the sulphur smell.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 65 Noboribetsu Onsen, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido 059-0551 , Japan
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Noboribetsu > Noboribetsu Onsen
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Noboribetsu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Mahoroba 3.5*
Number of rooms: 398
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