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Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo

99-17 Kurosaki,shizugawa 99-17, Minamisanriku-cho, Motoyoshi-gun 986-0766 Miyagi Prefecture
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#1 of 4 hotels in Minamisanriku-cho
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This hotel, set against a backdrop of blue skies and sun, is in superbly natural surroundings. Located on the edge of Shizugawa Bay, our hotel offers excellent seafood cuisine and the tranquil atmosphere of the sea. Our staff were witness to the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami. In order that memories of the disaster not be forgotten, we operate a "storyteller's bus" around the disaster-ravaged area. We take you on an hour-long trip to observe the devastated area, while our staff talk about their recollections of the event. Reservations are required so book early.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children's playground
Electric vehicle charging station
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Canoeing offsite
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Free shuttle or taxi services
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Full body massage
Hot spring bath
Massage chair
Open-air bath
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Gift shop
Shared bathroom
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Clothes rack
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Ocean view
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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English, French, Chinese, German and 2 more
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pancakemarmalade wrote a review Nov 2020
Singapore, Singapore204 contributions52 helpful votes
Be prepared for a huge, touristy hotel. If you prefer small ryokans with personal touch services, this place isnt for you. Most of their customers come from tour groups. Service was very good and we had no problems during check in check out, or even when we had some problems locating the venue. There was alot of information regarding the 311 earthquake and tsunami disaster in the lobby. We didnt manage to go for it but i think they also provide a bus tour (with a fee) for a more detailed informative tour regarding the disaster. Dinner was however, quite disappointing, given that this hotel is located right beside the sea. The food was somehow more catered to large tour groups and so prepared all at once. Breakfast was great. A normal buffet but with a huge variety, (even alot of versions of coffee lol), sashimi, bread, yogurt etc. To avoid crowds and carry out social distancing, guests were required to wear gloves and mask while taking the food. We also could choose from 3 time slots to minimize the crowd. They also advised us that the tour groups normally take the early slot so it would be better if we take the later ones unless we had to leave early. Appreciated the tip. Rooms were very good. Our room faced the ocean and we managed to see the sunrise right from our huge window. The hotel is a little old but very clean and the futons were put out for us while we were at dinner. The onsen is the selling point of this hotel. They have 2 large onsens, and apparently they alternate the female and male onsens every Wednesday night? We stayed on a Wed and managed to go to both onsens on Wed night and Thursday morning.
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Date of stay: November 2020
JeffreyHK wrote a review Jun 2019
Hong Kong80 contributions25 helpful votes
For those who want to experience the hospitality of Northeast Japan, Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo is a must- visit hotel. The location of the hotel is quite remote nestled at the highway on the hillside. However, guests can readily pre-book its shuttle bus service at Sendai Station and the bus ride takes about 2 hours. Like most onsen resort hotel, it offers comfortable rooms, sumptuous food and onsens with unrivalled panoramic ocean views. However, what make this hotel stands out from others is its “kataribe (storytelling) bus tour”. With an additional JPY500, one can go on a tour on a bus in the morning to actually see how the earthquake on March 11, 2011 devastated the areas along the sea coast. The tour, though conducted in Japanese only, was educational and meaningful. You can hardly believe your eyes until you actually see the mighty power of the nature. You just realize how powerless that we can never conquer the nature as human being. The hotel also displays lots of photos at the lobby where one can see how the areas have been rebuilt and rejuvenated since the earthquake. The hotel itself has portrayed itself as a good corporate citizen. During the earthquake, it opened its doors for local residents as an evacuation site, built up a library for local children and ran shuttle services to connect with towns nearby, etc. The hotel has fulfilled its social responsibilities and the good deeds it made for the communities worth giving applause and respect.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Should not miss the meaningful tour offered with just additional small cost
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Response from DayTrip805099, マネージャー at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo
Responded Jun 19, 2019
Thank you very much Mr.Jefferey for your stay at Minami Sanriku Hotel KANYO. We have experienced huge tsunami 8 years ago with victims of more than 800 persons in the town. We are trying to let foreigners know our kataribe activity telling our rare and real experiences in the kataribe bus and by displays. The town of Minami Sanriku will be reconstructed in 2 years. Please come back here to see our future. Best regards.
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Daniel Yong wrote a review Jun 2018
Singapore, Singapore641 contributions55 helpful votes
The hotel is a big structure which can accommodate 1200 people. It is the typical traditional Japanese big scale ryokan that has wedding hall and all. Excellent service all round and arrange tour to see the tsunami stricken areas and narrate stories. During the tsunami the hotel also opened its door to let the victims stay, study and bath! The seagulls are an attraction too as you can feed them at your window. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2018
Response from DayTrip805099, 広報担当マネージャー at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo
Responded Mar 17, 2019
Thank you very much for your stay at our hotel. We are grateful for receiving a valuable evaluation. We will continue to pursue aiming for hotels that will be selected by many customers in the future. We sincerely look forward to your visit.
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mipal7 wrote a review Jul 2016
Los Angeles, California30 contributions12 helpful votes
The Kanyo Hotel is a lovely, old style Japanese traditional hotel, offering Japanese tatami mat sleeping configurations as well as western bed options as well. Opt for the traditional tatami beds for a great experience. Our room also had an amazing 5 star view of the ocean, and the nearby town that was devastated in the 2011 tsunami. The true draw of this hotel is their Japanese Onsen, or natural mineral spring water baths, similar to western jacuzzis but with no bubbles and chlorine - just thermal hot waters from Mother Nature herself. There are certain rules and steps to using the onsens, but easy enough to learn and utilize. The staff were great and friendly, and the facilities are very clean and organized. I have to say that this resort is more like a vintage 1970’s hotel that was kept up really nicely, despite the "older" furnishings, but that's part of the appeal. Overall a great place, deserving of it's already high praise and ranking/stars. Very recommended!
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Date of stay: June 2016
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Ask for traditional style tatami rooms vs. western style.
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Response from ネット販売課, お客様担当マネージャー at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo
Responded Aug 3, 2016
mipal7 san, Thank you very much for your highly appreciated comments. I am very happy to hear that you have enjoyed Japanese holidays with us such as onsen, tatami, tradition and more. Please try to come back to see how the town recovered if you have chance to visit Japan again.
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Paul wrote a review Mar 2015
Bangalore District, India69 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed at the hotel last weekend and the area which was stricken by the devastating tsunami in 2011. Part of our trip involved work so we had the opportunity to experience the hotel from both the business and tourist's perspective. The conference room and facilities were solid, and the meeting room had an amazing view of the coast line. The restaurants were 4-star and service was top-notch. The highlight was the outdoor bath (rotenburo) on the 2nd floor just above the shore. We woke up early and experienced the sunrise at 5:45am while in the bath -- truly amazing. From a pure hotel guest experience we were very pleased. Add in the fact that this area has suffered such tragedy and that the Kanyo Hotel acted as an emergency evacuation shelter for months after the disaster, and it's well worth the visit. Spotless, a bit dated but we will be back.
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Date of stay: March 2015
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: ask for a room with a view of the bay
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Response from ネット販売課長, マネージャー at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo
Responded Jun 4, 2016
OsakaPaul-san, thank you very much for your nice comments. I am happy to hear you have enjoyed to stay with us. The sunrise is still very beautiful today as you have seen. Now the season of Uni-Don (Sea Urchin Bowl) has started. I hope to welcome you again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo
Which popular attractions are close to Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo?
Nearby attractions include Minamisanriku Sansan Market (2.1 miles), Kamiwarizaki Natural Park (4.6 miles), and Minamisanriku Former Disaster Emergency Center (1.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sosaishungyo Hashimoto, Shinoya, and Kukai.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Does Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Minamisanriku Former Disaster Emergency Center (1.4 miles), Minami Sanriku Town Earthquake Recovery Memorial Park (1.4 miles), and Takano Hall (1.2 miles).
Does Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.