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486 Towadakohanyasumiya Okuse, Towada 018-5501 Aomori Prefecture
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#11 of 28 in Towada
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4.3
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4.2
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3.8
Looking for a place to stay in Towada? Then look no further than Towadako Lakeside Hotel, a charming hotel that brings the best of Towada to your doorstep. Towadako Lakeside Hotel offers guests an array of room amenities including a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available. The hotel offers room service, a coffee shop, and shops, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features a lounge. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to parking. Close to Kankodai (1.7 mi), a popular Towada landmark, Towadako Lakeside Hotel is a great destination for tourists. Travelers looking for seafood restaurants can head to Benkei, Towadakohan Yasumiya. If you’re looking for something to do, Towada Shrine (0.5 mi) and Statue of Maidens (0.6 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Towadako Lakeside Hotel. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Towadako Lakeside Hotel as you experience everything Towada has to offer.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hot spring bath
BBQ facilities
Parking
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Complimentary tea
Vending machine
Canoeing
Hiking
Fishing
Karaoke
Nightclub / DJ
Baggage storage
Gift shop
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Sun terrace
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
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Safe
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Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Telephone
Clothes rack
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Family rooms
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English, Japanese

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Grade: 63 out of 100
15Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
0Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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486 Towadakohanyasumiya Okuse, Towada 018-5501 Aomori Prefecture
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Aomori Airport24 miSee all flights
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Sarah B wrote a review Aug 2019
Tacoma, Washington70 contributions21 helpful votes
We stayed at Lake Towada/Towadako Lakeside 2 nights during our extended DIY tour of Tohoku this July. We used it between Mutsu/Shimokita and Hachimantai-Akita/Komagatake - and used it as a basecamp for hiking the Hakkoda Mountains and visiting Oirase Stream. From Mutsu, it was a 2-3 hour drive (it's about an hour to Hachimantai, and another 2 to Akita-Komagatake). The hotel is one of very few lake-shore hotels that is not out of business and/or boarded up, which is very sad. This was shocking to me personally because Lake Towada is beautiful and has always been pushed hard by the tourism industry. Looking at googlemap, the peninsula where the hotel is looks thriving - but when you actually arrive, it is shocking how economically depressed the area is. That said, the hotel was very good and when we were there, the dining room was about 60% full of Japanese couples and families on vacation. There is free parking on site. Although some rooms have lake-views, ours did not. My sister visited the on-site onsen and said it was decent. You can walk from the hotel easily along the scenic lake-shore, visit the Maidens and local shrines. We purchased a reservation with breakfast and dinner included - requesting the no-fish option. The dinners were set affairs that were large and elaborate - with 12-15 different items. On our first night, a Japanese couple bought us a big Sapporo because they thought our chopstick skills were so great! The breakfast buffet was 70:30 Japanese:Western. We strongly recommend including meals in the reservation because there are not a lot of nearby options given the economic situation. Hakkoda hiking is just over an hour away - and was a more challenging drive than we were expecting. We also enjoyed the Oirase Stream area (along the way) - but pretty much all of that "trail" is roadside, which was convenient but I wouldn't call it remote. We did not partake in any boat-touring of the lake; that is still going on - but likely serving only bus-touring daytrippers. We sincerely hope tourism returns to Lake Towada.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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jimvdberg wrote a review Jun 2019
Rotterdam, The Netherlands179 contributions37 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled
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heidi_shira wrote a review Oct 2017
New York, NY45 contributions9 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Traveled
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Anthony S wrote a review Oct 2017
Brisbane, Australia1688 contributions702 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: October 2017
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LauraTTC wrote a review Apr 2017
Singapore, null, Singapore29 contributions15 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Traveled
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bkpkwok wrote a review Oct 2015
Hong Kong351 contributions177 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: October 2015
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aurora_mars wrote a review May 2015
singapore5 contributions5 helpful votes
Excellent Service. Right by the lakeside. Fantastic traditional japanese breakfast and dinner. Super value for money! Wifi throughout. CLEAN with inhouse onsen. I was a single traveller and the staffs went the lengths to make me comfortable as I arrived right at the beginning of the season and was the only guest at the hotel. The breakfast and dinner alone more than made the value of the stay worth while. And the view is awesome. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Colin B wrote a review Oct 2014
Sydney, Australia74 contributions30 helpful votes
Went for autumn colour and got it, especially in nearby Oirase Valley. Very friendly and helpful staff here and good food. Nice touches such as fruit left in your room each evening. Onsen helps relax you before dinenr and generous yukata means you feel at home for dinner. We had spacious room directly over the entrance but no noise issues. Decor rather dated and beds were very firm (hence 4 stars) but don't let that put you off. A very atmospheric and beautiful area to visit. didn't see any other Westerners when we were there.
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Date of stay: October 2014
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lonewolfwfk wrote a review Sep 2014
Kumagaya, Japan7 contributions7 helpful votes
Although far from major transportation, Towada Lake is a must for any visitor to Japan and this hotel is a gem! My wife and I stayed here as a romantic long weekend getaway and could not be happier with our choice of hotel. The staff we more than friendly, they were like family. The Hotel Manager set us up in a room facing the lake which allowed a wonderful sunset to shine into the room, setting a very romantic theme for our mini vacation. The meals included breakfast and dinner which differed each day. No words can describe the meals as they were delicious beyond description. I highly recommend this hotel and the area. We will be returning for our anniversary in the fall. Excellent experience!
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Traveled
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johntaro wrote a review Jul 2014
Tokyo, Japan168 contributions113 helpful votes
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this ryokan was very pleasant. we had stayed at the much larger hotel towado the night before so at first we were a bit disappointed by the small onsen; however, the difference was the staff. The people were very attentive - the same person serves you the kaisekiryori dinner and the wonderful breakfast, the food was local, high quality and very tasty. The lady who attended to us was also very knowledgable about the local products and the food served. This is a good base for travelling around Oirase (hiking) and Towado. My wife and I highly recommend this area if you want to visit aomori/akita prefectures and get away from the mass tourism. One thing you should note. this area, despite being serene, is no longer popular as it was 25 years ago. My wife and I noted while walking around the many closed hotels and boarded up restaurants on this wonderful lake side. Be prepared for the joyful yet rude and loud Chinese tourists whose manners differ so much from the Japanese. (fortunately this hotel is small so you will be spared Chinese tourists - who prefer the larger fancier venues. 没有中国朋友. Firstly, the Japanese bubble is over. The go-go years of the 80s and early 90s is over. The region has been hurt first by JAL and ANA cutting service to local airports, somewhat remote (we have our own car so not an issue), secondly the fukushima incident which is hundred of kms away has somewhat put a damper on the tourism in the region (even though tokyo is much closer), the popular attractions in osaka and tokyo Harry Potter, Disney Land. So you will see in mid July not many Japanese tourists staying (other than elder tourists coming by large tourist bus).
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Date of stay: July 2014
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$99 - $137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanTohokuAomori PrefectureTowadaTowadakohan Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Towadako Lakeside Hotel
What are some of the property amenities at Towadako Lakeside Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Towadako Lakeside Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Towadako Lakeside Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Towadako Lakeside Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Towadako Lakeside Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Marine Blue, Jr House Towada, and Towada Shokudo.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Towadako Lakeside Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Towadako Lakeside Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Oishigami Pyramid (9.6 miles) and Kakura Castle Ruins (10.0 miles).
Is Towadako Lakeside Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.