Aomoriya Komaki-Onsen showcases a truly Japanese culture of bathing and relaxing in hot springs. (Onsens are a big domestic tourism destination, but for a foreigner, this practice can be intimidating at first.) With enough courage though, I was able to overcome hesitation and soon after I started to enjoy the total relaxing feeling of skinny dipping in the indoor 42-degree hot spring. Then, I dipped in the outdoor onsen and experienced the soothing feeling of mixed cold airon my face and hot bath on my body.
Aomoriya facilities are highlighted by luxurious space (approx 12 tatami size) of the bedroom and fantastic view outside the window of a small lake and tall trees. Landscaping is simply adorable. The outdoor onsen provides a very nice view of the surroundings while maintaining a certain privacy for the guests. It looks much better at night with beautiful colored lighting that accentuates the beauty of the landscape.
I enjoyed the delicious meals provided by the resort especially the full-course dinner of sukiyaki, mixed sushi, sashimi, tempura and miso soup with salmon and prawns. Rich Japanese traditions can be witnessed by guests at the 1st floor where a cultural show of drum-beating and singing is regular shown. I was able to taste the famed Hachinohe Ramen with seafood-based soup, and I must say it is one of the better tasting ramens I have tried during my last trip - light thin soup with tender and tasty chashu and nori.
Given a chance to return to Misawa, I would like to visit this resort again. It was a wonderful experience.
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