The town of Noboribetsu itself is not much of an attraction with exception of its numerous onsen (hot springs) and Hell's Valley nature park, however, I would revisit simply to experience Takinoya all over again.
Even with limited English skills, the staff was extraordinarily welcoming. The atmosphere thoroughly Japanese (in fact, we did not see any other Westerners during our 2 night stay.) An attendant gives you a tour of the hotel amenities which includes access to multiple onsen (segregated by sex,) full Japanese breakfast & elegant kaiseki (coursed) dinners. They provide you with simple cotton yukata (robe-like outfits) to wear throughout the grounds (comfy & quite beautiful!)
The rooms were incredibly spacious and comfortable, ours was equipped with a large wooden tub that I enjoyed soaking in and overlooking the peaceful garden space. On our last evening, we met the owners who spoke great English and we're friendly hosts; they shared lots of great information with us. I spent my birthday there and the staff kindly gifted me a little token on the morning of our departure and even the owners saw us off.
I would say Takinoya is impeccable from the relaxation it offers to the exceptional service and gourmet food (which does include some dishes that may be slightly adventurous for some Western palates but are beautifully presented nonetheless.) it's a fantastic place to have a quiet stay and immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture.
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- Also Known As:
- Takinoya Noboribetsu, Hokkaido