We stumbled upon this tiny hotel when our plans to stay in Shiretoko for two nights changed. How lucky we were! It is similar to a fine Japanese ryokan, but it has a blended Japanese and western style. We opted for a Japanese style room and were given a spacious suite on the first floor over looking the lake. There was a large genkan, a bath suite with a modern furo, separate toilet and basin areas and a large tatami room with a sitting area over looking the lake. The windows could be opened to let in the cool night air.
The meal was French in style and served in the dining area. It consisted of many small courses featuring local and imported ingredients. We were served Saroma scallops and Tsubetsu beef as well as a foix gras course. The meal was prepared by an ambitious young chef who has trained in France, Switzerland and the U.S.. He previously had worked at Benu in San Francisco's Soma district. Several of the courses included dishes that had been frozen with... More