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Towadako Lakeside Hotel

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#11 of 28 hotels in Towada
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Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Fax / photocopying
Hot spring bath
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Public wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Complimentary tea
Vending machine
Canoeing
Hiking
Fishing
Karaoke
Nightclub / DJ
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Newspaper
Shops
Sun terrace
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Room features
Family rooms
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Safe
Telephone
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

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486 Towadakohanyasumiya Okuse, Towada 018-5501 Aomori Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Aomori Airport24 mi
Misawa Airport32 mi
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Old tired worn hotel, when we were there it was completely empty. The staff is very nice, though not very clever with check in check out. In first room we got, the toilet was broke, in the second the lighting didn't work, so the third we took. Everything in this room is okay, but according to the price it should have been better. Wifi was pretty slow. Bathroom the smallest I've ever seen, even in Japan. They should hugely invest, but there are too little tourists. Food looked good, very extensive, many items, not bad, but some items need improvement from a better chef. The public onsen is also not the best, though clean, quite small, and not a good climate, drops of water are constantly dripping from the ceiling, could also use a small upgrade. The little town sadly is also worn and tired, lots of hotels and restaurants closed. There are hardly any other tourists, mid june. It has seen better times.
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There’s a lot I actually liked about this hotel—friendly staff, quick check in, spacious room and good food. However, the walls are paper thin. We could hear the room next door talking before we went to bed but we were so tired we fell right asleep. But when they woke us up at 4:30 am it was really unpleasant. They weren’t even being that loud, but we could hear everything through the walls. Often walls in Japan have been thin but never like this, and for the price point (very high in fall), a good night’s sleep should be a bare minimum. I wish I hadn’t spent so much and stayed at one of the numerous other hotels nearby. It’s a touristy area and there are lots of options!
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Loved everything about this hotel. Very little English, just the front desk manager but you don't need much. All the staff were excellent from the front desk to cleaners and the restaurant staff in particular were so warm and helpful, especially with the menu. We had half board with dinner and breakfast included and both were exceptional. The dinners consisted of fourteen different dishes, all delightful. Breakfast only had ten dishes. No western option where but for a couple of days you would be mad not to have the local meals. Hotel is beside the lake but we had a back room with no view. Traditional Japanese room and very comfortable with aircon and heating. Futons mad early up at night while you are at dinner and packed up during breakfast. Bathroom was small but adequate. Traditional onsen in house but nothing special. We loved our two days here and would like to stay again. Very peaceful area. Wifi was fast and free.
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We stayed for one night in order to walk Oirase stream and break up our travel around Aomori. We just loved this place. The locals know where it's at; the other hotel guests were all Japanese. Perhaps this is why the hotel isn't rated higher on TA... It is perfectly located with Lake Towada right in front of the hotel and restaurant. Beautiful views from the rooms and at meals. A 5-minute walk from JR bus station. The town isn't much; our impression was it's past its prime, a little tired and old, not many tourists (a good thing...), and most of the people here are of an older generation as well. I can see why because of the quietness and (relative) remoteness and difficulty getting here - only a few buses a day, or you'd need a car. But again this is part of Aomori's charm. We chose to eat at the hotel as it has a dinner and breakfast plan, and there are few eating places around. The keiseki dinner was absolutely memorable - beautiful presentation, detailed little touches, and so tasty. That evening the dishes had Aomori hallmark foods: fish (including princess trout from the lake) and apple, in various forms. We could see the attention and effort that went into it. Just delightful. The staff did not speak much English, but important information was gotten across. We felt the service was genuinely warm. We chose a standard Japanese-style room. Incredibly spacious, perfectly clean, well maintained. Heating was good especially since the weather was still cool, and we saw that the room also has aircon. The bathroom is the typical Japanese hotel-style toilet, small but fine. The hotel provides a "turn down service" - we came back after dinner to find the tatami beds had been prepared, and a fruit dessert left on the table. This place has a small public bath. Do not expect a full-on onsen experience, this is not the place for it. You do go in without clothes and and it is a communal bath. The bath has hot water - perhaps 40+ degree Celsius - in a pool a fair bit larger than a jacuzzi, with tiled floor, and charming wooden carved leaves floating around the water (adds to the scent?). This is perfectly adequate for a pleasant little soak and shower. Although the hotel looks old fashioned on the outside, I can only recommend this place highly. A real gem in Lake Towada, and coupled with the beauty of Oirase stream and the Lake, made this one of our favourite memories in Aomori.
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The Towadako Lakeside was a hotel with traditional Japanese setting. As all rooms were located on the 2nd floor, we needed to bring our luggage up the long flight of stairs but the Manager would help if required. Half-board stay was offered with breakfast and dinner, mainly with popular local food and flavour, in the restaurant with good view of lake. Staff at restaurant was friendly and patient in guiding us through the course of our meal with beautiful presentation. The Hotel was conveniently located at the centre of the tourist area with easy access to the piers for ferry rides and JR buses to Oirase Mountain Stream and other locations. Also, the lakeside walkway was just right in front of the Hotel. Complimentary parking on site and a small, standard onsen (hot spring) facility was available for a comfortable hot bath at the end of your day’s activity.
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PRICE RANGE
$126 - $315 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanTohokuAomori PrefectureTowadaTowadakohan Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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