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See why so many travelers make Harataki their hotel of choice when visiting Aizuwakamatsu. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. Harataki is a family-friendly hotel offering air conditioning in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests. The hotel features room service, a coffee shop, and baggage storage. Plus, guests can enjoy a hot tub and a lounge, which have made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Aizuwakamatsu. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available. While staying at Harataki, visitors can check out Tsuruga Castle (2.0 mi) and Place Where Byakkotai Members Committed Suicide (2.0 mi), some of Aizuwakamatsu's top attractions. If you like cafes, Harataki is conveniently located near Aizuichibankan, Oyakuen Tyuyokaku Tea Room, and Monjoue Aizu. Should time allow, Aizu Old Samurai Residences, Aizuhanshu Matsudaira Family Grave, and Hagurosan Yunokami Shrine are some popular attractions that are within walking distance. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Harataki as you experience all of the things Aizuwakamatsu has to offer.
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Honeymoon trip to Japan. Absolutely beautiful location. Very friendly and helpful staff, limited English but had a voice translator that worked great. Room was traditional and comfortable and staff even brought up our luggage and made up the beds during our private hot spring time. Private hot spring was super relaxing next to the waterfall and would recommend for couples. Dinner on the waterfall was spectacular multi course meal with a fantastic atmosphere. Warning for Americans, it is a very traditional style of food but highly recommend giving everything at least a try. Women can rent a nicer yukata and there are multiple colors, patterns, and sizes. Take a taxi from the train station, navigating the bus and shuttle without speaking Japanese is a little tricky, save yourself the hassle. By far our favorite place we stayed in Japan and would highly recommend to other couples or those looking to have a relaxing time outside of the big cities.
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Aizu-Wakamatsu was the second stop for our first adventure in Japan. Our language skills are very limited, and knowledge of etiquette quite rudimentary. We opted for the Harataki as a soft-entry into ryokan experience, and for two full days and three nights it was wonderful. First, the front desk staff were very courteous and accommodating, particularly given our limited language skills. Also, we did not expect to be picked up at the onsen bus station, but they sent a car. The dining room staff for both dinner and breakfast could not have been more friendly and helpful. Same for women tending the private bath, and shop. The meals were outstanding. We had half-board accommodation (breakfast & dinner), each meal provided a different combination of table setting, always including a rectangular plate with two items, plus a box with six tasty dishes, plus small braiser that rotated per meal between grill, steamer, and soup pot to which we added fresh vegetable and meat from yet another dish. Then there was a generous buffet, including beverages and deserts. Everything was delicious. Alcohol was available, but billed separately to room. The room was lovely and clean with sea green tatami mats, and a nice view of the trees across the canyon, and the river below. It must be glorious in fall colors. Every night, while we were at dinner, the staff moved the furniture and laid out the futon bedding. The bathroom and toilet felt a bit tight, but were clean and very functional. We opted for the private onsen bath, rather than the public, selecting the oval ceramic Moon tubs from three choices offered, with splendid setting just above the river. The bus station is about 600m from the hotel. A nice walk, morning and evening. A day pass for the buses that loop in opposite directions gives easy access to the town. We enjoyed the castle grounds, nearby museum, the herbal garden (beautiful), and old town. Taxis were easy to find or call when needed. Overall, a spledid place from which to explore Aizu-Wakamatsu.
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To me one of the joys of staying in a ryokan is the attentive service. The facilities here are very nice--it seems to have been recently refurbished--but the staff was so cold. It was very strange. The hotspring bath was fine, but there were only two pools, an uchiburo (inside bath) and a rotenburo (outside bath) and I confess I like a bit more variety. I recommend Shintaki which is a bit closer to the station, cheaper, and has a very friendly staff and lots of baths.
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Felt like a ryokan within a modern hotel. We stayed in a traditional tatami room with a beautiful view, wore our yakata and slippers, and slept on futons. The room also had a cabin-style bathroom, mini refrigerator with water and a safe. We dined in the restaurant. The service seemed excellent but unfortunately the staff that night spoke very little English, we spoke even less Japanese, the translation app didn’t always work well, and we were not familiar with ryokan procedure and etiquette so we probably didn’t make the most of this opportunity. Breakfast was more successful as the staff were more confident in English. The onsen was good. Everything is provided and the outdoor baths are in a beautiful setting by a stream and forest. You could also hire a private bath. The hotel lounge area looked out over forest and a beautiful gorge with river and waterfall. The leaves were just beginning to change colour in September. The hotel staff were very helpful arranging courtesy bus pickup from the nearby town bus terminal on arrival and a taxi to the station on departure. On arrival in Aizu Wakamatsu, the tourist office at the station arranged to have our luggage sent directly to Harataki so we could spend the afternoon touring the sites of this historic castle town before heading to our ryokan - a very thoughtful service! They also provided us with umbrellas for use during our stay in the town.
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This is a ryokan with a modern twist. It has all the lovely things that characterize the ryokan life: traditional tatami room, beautiful view, a full tea setup, ukata and slippers, staff who silently set everything up. The room has a few more amenities not usually offered: mini refrigerator with a pitcher of cold water, lots of glasses. Sometimes I find dining in your room too restrictive. There modern twist is to have you dine in their restaurant. You get a beautiful set of appetizers that are mostly traditional and then you choose what ever you want from their buffet. They have fabulous food! What sets ryokans apart from hotels is the service, really excellent service. Their staff were so polite and helpful. The onsen is wonderful. They provide everything you need and it is twenty-four hour access. My mother-in-law nearly stayed there all night! If you feel shy about bathing in public or you want to be with your significant other, you can rent a private bath. They have several to choose from including a family room with a large dressing room/vanity area. Additionally, your room will look out on a steep mountain gorge with waterfalls and a river. It is just gorgeous in the fall.
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PRICE RANGE
$96 - $376 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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harataki hotel aizuwakamatsu
LOCATION
JapanTohokuFukushima PrefectureAizuwakamatsuHigashiyama Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
65
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