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“Superb service; relaxing Japanese escape” 5 of 5 stars
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Takinoya
162 Noboribetsu Onsen, Noboribetsu 059-0551, Hokkaido (Noboribetsu Onsen)   |  
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4.5 of 5 stars 107 Reviews
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“Superb service; relaxing Japanese escape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

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.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Just spend one night in Takinoya. Very exclusive and luxurious. The traditional Japanese decor with a few western touches was very tasteful and gave you a sense of peace. The outdoor ground floor onsen was surrounded by beautiful landscape. Our room also had it's own outdoor bath with a great view of the snowy hill which was awesome. The dinner and breakfast were some of the best Japanese food I have had. To top it all off, the service was impeccable. Must try.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I admit I am not an onsen expert. My G/F and I stayed at this hotel for one night, mainly because the price here is quite high. However, what you get is a high-end and classy onsen experience complete with an extravagant kaiseki dinner and breakfast. The hotel and surrounding grounds are spectacularly beautiful. We opted for the "Japanese style" room which added to the overall asian onsen experience. The room itself was extremely large with modern amenities, and it came equipped with its own wooden onsen tub in the bathing area. The futon beds (which are arranged in the room before bedtime and removed in the morning) were very plush and extremely comfortable. The natural onsen bathing area of the hotel was incorporated into the beautiful garden area (one onsen area is on the high floor of the hotel but the better one is located in the basement level which leads to the outdoors). The entire hotel has a peaceful zen-like feel to it, which curiously had us speaking in "whispers" as we moved about the property. Nonetheless, the overall experience felt extra special and "once in a lifetime", so bring a loved one and share in the magic of this place.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Our last night in Hokkaido we stayed at the fabulous Takinoya with our own in room onsen. From the moment we arrived to when we left, the service was impeccable. Our lady, Tei-san, welcomed us, checked us in, took our bags to the room, served us tea with a snack, served our dinner and breakfast the next morning. She brought our bags out when we left and waved goodbye to us. She was absolutely wonderful and also spoke English so we had no problem. The entire inn was immaculately clean. Our room had its own living room, dining room, tatami room, deck, bedroom, separate toilet, separate bathroom with double sinks, a place to bathe and a separate onsen. I enjoyed the onsen in our room while my husband enjoyed each of the salt, sulphur, iron and radum hot springs. Our dinner and breakfast was delicious and plentiful and as we enjoyed our tea in the dining room, we had a beautiful view of the garden with the snow falling gently. It was the perfect way to end our trip. Takinoya is pricey but definitely worth it. Our only regret is that we only had time to stay one night at this fabulous inn. If you are fortunate to go to Noboribetsu, stay at this wonderful inn and splurge on a room with your own onsen.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I travelled alone to Noboribetsu in Oct 2013 and stayed at this establishment for one night.
The Room is fairly big by Japanese standard.
The Onsen is great and normally i got the whole onsen by myself!
There is a garden outside of the lounge with beautiful autumn leaves in Oct/Nov.
The Kaiseki Dinner and Japanese breakfast were tasty comparable to Michelin Starred Kaiseki which i had in Kyoto.
The staffs of the Ryokan speak fairly good English and are very friendly.
I would definitely stay here again if visiting Noboribetsu.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We were most looking forward to our stay at Takinoya and we were not disappointed. This is a beautiful ryokan in Noboribetsu, and as we only had an overnight stay here, we decided to spend it within the ryokan instead of hiking to some of the attractions nearby.

There are many hotels taking advantage of the onsen in the area, but this is by far the most stunning. Everything here was so immaculately maintained. The room we were in overlooked the lush greenery of the mountainside, there was a lovely deep ofuro in-room with the same views, and of course, there were the onsen - different pools with different waters. I liked both the one on the ground floor and the one on the rooftop.

We tried out the spa, which is excellent, and also had fun with the massage chairs - great for combating jet lag! The food here is excellent - in particular the Hokkaido specialty of hairy crab. I had a very generous serving.

Meals aren't served in-room as with most traditional ryokans, but in a dining area, though you are in your own private room and can wander down in your yukata. Service is very personable - as with all good ryokans, on our check out the lovely lady owner was there. She was very knowledgeable, spoke wonderful English, and we had a great conversation with her. I did not want to leave.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Luxurious Japanese Ryokan with the rooms having a beautiful view of a koi pond but we were let down by the smell of cigarette smoke in the room. The other negative thing is that wifi is limited to the lounge and not available in the rooms. Other than that this it is superb hotel and the service is excellent with our personal butler Tay being very helpful. The dinner is Kaiseki style and the food is very good. The public onsen is also very good with 4 different types of onsen minerals in the water and there is a roof top open air onsen. However the in room onsen is just a wooden bathtub with hot water which was a disappointment but it is right on the balcony of the room and gives a superb view. All in all it is still one of the best in Noboribetsu!

Stayed December 2013
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Address: 162 Noboribetsu Onsen, Noboribetsu 059-0551, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Noboribetsu > Noboribetsu Onsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Onsen Hotel in Noboribetsu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 30
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