Spectacular setting on the banks of Lake Towada. Big room, great facilities in hotel including a spa. Very clean throughout. The only downside is that breakfast and dinner are very expensive and frankly not worth the money. Be warned though, there is no other eating place for miles around
Hotel ground by the lake was nice. The hot spring has lake view and partial mountain view (the mountain was dotted by yellow and orange autumn colours in late October). The breakfast has a nice spread, numerous offerings in both Western and Japanese styles. Dinner was also delicious. The only down side is the dated room of a rather small size... For this price, I suppose the management should refurbish their rooms.
When consider Towada Prince Hotel visitors probably aim to visit the Towada Lake and the Oirase Gorge. Several things to bear in mind. Folidge at the Oirage Gorge is breath taking at this time of the year - it is around 30 mins drive from the hotel and you will need to get there early (suggest before 10am) to secure parking which is limited. The sun sets at around 5pm in October which can get pretty cold and so time for walking along the lake near the hotel is limited to the morning and early afternoon. The hotel is 15 mins drive from the village (where the lake cruise and tourist information centre is). We could not find any independent restaurant (ie. not attached to a hotel) in the village. As far as we can tell, Towada Prince is a higher end offering compared to the hotels clustered around the village which seem to cater to tour groups. The gentlemen at the reception were friendly and helpful, and speak fluent English. As other reviewers mentioned, the hotel grounds is lovely. But we arrived at the hotel at 3pm and so not much time to appreciate the surroundings. I think one would get more from this hotel in the summer time and with one full day at the hotel. The hotel onsen is nice. And since we were not able to find any restaurant in the village we decided to eat at the hotel which was a pleasant surprise. The restaurant serves French cuisine with both fixed and ala carte menu. An entry from the ala carte menu adding salad/bread/coffee option came to Yen 3,650 and the dish was competently prepared. The fixed menu is around Yen 7,000. I admit my overall rating for Towada Prince would go up if not for the rather high room rate. We chose Towada Prince Hotel because all the hotels near the village were booked up. I am not sure what advantages these hotels have over Towada Prince (room rate aside) as the village is dead after 5pm at this time of the year. One option in fact is to stay in Towada City - hotel rates are significantly lower than those by the lake. Visitors could drive from Towada City to Oirase Gorge in the morning and explore the lake in the afternoon. There is ample parking in the village centre.…
My husband and I enjoyed staying at Towada Prince Hotel tremendously! It is located overlooking Lake Towada, in Akita prefecture, close to Aomori prefecture. After hours on busses from Shichinohe-Towada on Tohoku Shinkansen, through Oirase forest, we arrived at this property, totally refreshed with the minus ion from the beautiful forest with numerous waterfalls along the bus route!! I understand this hotel is closed during the winter season. The hotel has natural hot springs you can relax in. Walking around its garden, on the lake, was so good, too. It offers very good French dinners. Next time, I would like to go there from Hachinohe station, instead.
Hotel landscape is fantastic. Big lawn with view of Towada Lake. Onsen is great with beautiful view of autumn leaves and a glimpse of Towada Lake. Services are great. Souvenir shop, though small, but offer good varieties. The two drawbacks are 1) room condition that is due for renovation and 2) wif-fi connection which is only available at lobby and with very poor signal and very low speed.