I did not stay in the hotel so I can't say much about the rooms but my friends and I did try their onsen and were duly impressed.
For all three of us, it was our first time to try an onsen. Our Japanese hosts had to teach us the "protocols" regarding the locker room, the bath and finally, the hot water pools.
We were a little apprehensive about the nudity and the water temperatures. The 3 ladies pools (apparently a mirror image of the men's pools) had 39, 40 and 41 degree water. (Boiled human anyone?) But we were amazed at how pleasant the experience was. It was relaxing and, maybe it was psychological but, I felt like my pores tightening. The skin felt revitalized. Since it was winter, we actually wanted to stay in the water, but we were advised against staying too long. The nudity? No one cared so we didn't either.
Afterward, we all had pink, glowing faces. This may be the secret to the beauty of Japanese skin. I have no idea how much this cost... More