Mukaitaki

Mukaitaki

200 Higashiyamamachi Yumoto Kawamukai, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0814 Fukushima Prefecture
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4.5
#1 of 15 onsen ryokans in Aizuwakamatsu
Location
4.3
Cleanliness
4.4
Service
4.7
Value
4.2
Mukaitaki continues its tradition of providing its guests with the quintessential Japanese ryokan experience. Upon passing through the entrance of Mukaitaki, one feels as though suddenly transported back through time to a more sophisticated yet uncomplicated era. At Mukaitaki, we strive every day to provide our guests with a wonderful and unique Japanese cultural experience. Each season brings beautiful scenic joys to experience, such as the winter candle flowers blooming nightly in the snowy winter garden. We always look forward to seeing the smiles of our guests and hearing about the good memories of their stay at Mukaitaki.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Hot tub
Breakfast available
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Concierge
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Air conditioning
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Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

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200 Higashiyamamachi Yumoto Kawamukai, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0814 Fukushima Prefecture
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Somewhat walkable
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qpyy wrote a review Feb 2021
Sendai, Japan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I love everything. Hot springs, cuisines, services, all of them were perfect. And the night garden was marvelous(Look at the pic I uploaded). I highly recommend you visit and enjoy this traditional inn in winter.



3年ほど前貧しい学生だった頃に,Penという雑誌の表紙で雪見ろうそくを見てから,向瀧に宿泊することが私の夢でした
宿泊予定日が近づくと,毎日雪が解けてしまわないか心配で天気予報を確認したり,妹にカメラを借りたりして準備を進める中,遠足に行く前の子供のようにそわそわしていました.
コロナの影響でパートナーは一緒に宿泊できなくなってしまいましたが,ひとりで過ごす時間も非常に贅沢で,美しい雪見ろうそくを好きなだけ眺めたり,5回ほど温泉に浸かったりと自由に過ごすことができました

*温泉
さるの湯はタイミングによってはそれほど熱くないときもあり,泉質もとてもすばらしかったです.また,入れないだろうと予想していた44度のきつね湯の熱さは癖になり,1分間浸かっては上がってを繰り返すのは癖になり,新たな温泉の楽しみ方を覚えました.
貸切風呂は利用しませんでしたが,3つあるため回転率のよさが予想され,予約も不要なので利用しやすそうでした.

*料理
会津のものが豊富で,とても丁寧に作られている印象を受けました.こづゆ,ごんぼ汁,地鶏…書ききれませんが,どれもとても美味しかったです.鯉のお刺身は海の魚の物と比べると弾力があり,甘煮は食べ入れないほどの量ではありませんでしたが,半分持ち帰って夕食のおかずとしました(パートナーは,「鰻の味がするけど鰻みたいにふわふわはしていないね」と言っていました).
牛肉や刺身の盛り合わせがメインの,いわゆる普通の宿の夕食を食べたい人には向かないのかもしれないと思いますが,私はとても満足でした.

その他,すれ違うたびに挨拶をしてくださる従業員の方々や,お部屋から聞こえる水の流れなど素晴らしさは書ききれません.
伝統的な建物を保存しながら,他の高級旅館と一線を画する宿の経営を続けることはとても大変なことかと思います.しかしそれだからこそ,ここには書ききれない素晴らしさがあるのだと思います.
今度は桜や紅葉の時期に訪れてみたいです.また,いっぱい働いて両親にも宿泊券をプレゼントしたいとも思いました.
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Gracia83 wrote a review Sep 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a great stay at Mukaitaki 2 weeks ago. I first chose this ryokan when I was looking around for an onsen to visit because I fell in love with its history and how gorgeous it looked on pictures. Despite of feeling trepidation about the fact that most of the rooms have no private shower room, I went ahead and made a reservation. This ryokan proved to be the highlight of my 2-week trip to Japan.

As other reviewers have said, Aizu-Wakamatsu is a bit out of the way. From Tokyo I took a Tohoku Yamabiko Shinkansen to Koriyama (about 1 and a half hour train ride), and then changed to a local train heading to Aizu Wakamatsu (about 1 hour 20 mins ride). The view along the way is marvelous! Mountain range and sweeping view of rice fields..
The tourist information office at Aizu-Wakamatsu provides a free-of-charge, same-day luggage delivery service for tourists staying at ryokan/hotel at Higashiyama onsen. This is a good service for tourists wanting to go sightseeing before checking-in into their accommodation. I gave the name and address of my accommodations to the staff, drop off my luggage with them and off I went sightseeing around town.
For tourists on public transport, the classic town bus make a stop at Higashiyama onsen. Again, ask the staff at the tourist information office for the timetable. If in doubt over when to get off the bus, tell the bus driver where you're heading and they'll tell you when you've reached your stop.

When I reached Mukaitaki, they had staff waiting outside the ryokan ready to greet arriving guests. They ran over across the bridge greeting me by name! Obviously I was the only non-japanese guest staying over that night. But still, it's a very good service. Check-in was fast and efficient. My bag was already waiting for me, and a staff (Mr Sato) was assigned to show me to my room and explain the available facilities. I have to say that very limited English is spoken in this ryokan.

My room is beautiful, clean, comfortable with a very good view of the garden. Keeping in mind that this is a 100+ years old building, certain wear and tear are obvious, but it's well cared for. There is no lifts/escalators, so make sure to inform them beforehand if you have troubles with stairs. I believe they have some rooms on ground level.

The meals are made of ingredients that are historically available locally, so they are pretty simple and austere. I have to admit that some of the ryokan that I've stayed at before had more innovative and lavish food. However, despite of how they looked, those simple dishes sure were tasty. Some of the recipe had been handed down for more than a hundred years.

There are 3 private baths where you could lock the door for privacy, and 2 shared baths for every gender. I had fun trying out the different baths !

I would definitely recommend Mukaitaki to people interested in the hot spring culture, with a dash of history and fantastic service on the side. However, please keep in mind that this is a 140+ years old building and adjust your expectation accordingly. That being said, I enjoyed my stay very much and as I got back from my trip, all I could think of was that I wish I were back at Mukaitaiki.
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Date of stay: September 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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John R wrote a review Jun 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aizuwakamatsu is a little off the beaten path for tourists in Japan but it is a very worthy destination as it is a significant historical site with a great museum on the grounds of a traditional/reconstructed shogun's castle which is definitely a highlight. The city is working hard to make tourism enjoyable and it starts with arrival at the train station. There is a tourism desk that gave us information on local buses dedicated to a route covering several local historical highlight locations and also took us to our destination at Higashiyama onsen resort area about 15 minutes from the station. The tourism staff also coordinated free delivery of our luggage to the Mukaitaki Inn--definitely didn't expect that! The stay at the ryokan was amazing...an experience in service that just doesn't exist anymore--every need is anticipated down to the smallest detail! Beautiful 140 year old traditional building built up the side of a mountain with a river flowing below. Gardens and koi ponds as well natural thermal onsen (hot bath) waters. Private dinner and breakfast served beautifully by the ultra polite staff-- almost had the feel of a traditional tea ceremony. Food was delicious and generous with an emphasis on local vegetables and fish. Rooms were comfortable with private toilet and sink and traditional futons. Only negative was the traditional pillow which is filled with some kind of grain--not soft at all--but not the end of the world! Baths were wonderful and private baths were available. If you want a wonderful old Japan experience with exquisite service that will blow you away, the Mukaitaki Inn is your place! English language website available is a plus.
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Irlantilainen wrote a review Mar 2023
Kajaani, Finland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mukaitaki is a magnificent old building set deep in a wooded valley at the southern end of the Higashiyama onsen district.
The city tour loop bus from the station stops outside.
It is a formal ryokan, traditional, with kaiseki meals served in your room.
Rooms are accessed by steep and sometimes multiple stairways of polished hardwood.
Service was friendly, but little English is spoken, and the meals were disappointing.
3 small onsen available - no rotemburo.
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Date of stay: October 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Irlantilainen wrote a review Nov 2023
Kajaani, Finland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A distinctive traditional building set deep in the forested entrance to the Higashiyama onsen.
No lift/elevator, and many rooms can be accessed only by flights of steep polished hardwood stairs.
No rutemburo, meals served in your room.
The city loop bus stops about 100m away.
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Date of stay: December 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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mcb208 wrote a review Dec 2012
Concord West, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here in early Feb 2010 .. very friendly and helpful staff .. beautiful room and traditional breakfast .. great onsen .. private onsen .. it was very cold .. minus 5 deg C outside .. a great magical experience in Japan for me.
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Date of stay: February 2012
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled solo
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KikiHanoi wrote a review Aug 2012
Tokyo, Japan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The building is beautiful and well-maintained. We stayed in "Hagi" room and we had a nice view of the beautiful Japanese garden. The room is not huge but it is very comfortable. By the window, there are also arm chairs so you can also relax there if your legs get tired from sitting on the tatami mattress floor. My room did not have a bathroom but it was fine as there were three bathing places including one that can be used as a private bathroom. The toilet in the room is a modern western style (Washlet). There was also wife in the room.

The meals are served in the room and each meal used local ingredients and included some traditional dishes which were very enjoyable.

It must be also beautiful to visit there during cherry blossom season, autumn, and winter time (with snow). I'd love to visit there again.

After checking out, I thought I'd order ice cream but was told that it had to be served in the room, so in case you want to try some additional items they have, order while you are still in the room!
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Date of stay: August 2012
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Alyssa wrote a review Dec 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed here for one night. It is a gorgeous traditional inn, all wood with shiny floors and well-kept tatami mats in the rooms. The landscaping outside with the mountains as a backdrop is breathtaking.

Even better than the beauty of the inn is the people who work there. Very kind and warm - they will do anything they can to make you feel welcome and special. I requested a special diet - I only eat vegetables and fish (no meat) and they were extremely accommodating. I felt very well taken care of.

The food is local to the region, and very delicious. It’s a little bit daunting to a Westerner at first, but if you embrace it you will have no regrets.

The baths were amazing in a minimal type of way. They are not made to be modern, but you can feel the history and the water leaves your skin very smooth.

10/10 experience. We will definitely return if we are ever in the area.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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ngoilan wrote a review Dec 2014
USA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I wanted to visit Aizu Wakamatsu and decided to splurge on this very classy, traditional ryokan with an english website. I had asked if it would be possible to accommodate a vegetarian as they serve 2 kaiseki meals in your room. They said they would try but to my surprise both my meals were meat and fishless with the exception of a few bonita flakes.

Though I enjoyed my meal and my time at Mukaitaki, I must say that I was not prepared for and was somewhat overwhelmed by, the level of service there. I am not used to being treated like royalty and that is certainly what I felt there. Despite the lack of english I was very well cared for but, perhaps (and I know this sounds paradoxical, but...) a little too well cared for.

If you can cope with lots and lots of attention and service and are visiting Aizu then this is the place for you.
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Date of stay: November 2014
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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Vincent wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore, Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two days at the Mukaitaki hotel and had an enjoyable time. The ryokan is easily accessible by bus or taxi from the train station and situated in a very quiet place where the only noise is the one of the river. If many ryokans are modern, this one is located in a 19th century house which gives a particular charm to the stay. The personnel is super nice (thank you Honda) and really want to make your stay unforgettable. There is several onsets. 2 public baths and 3 private baths. Food was really nice, served in your room. There is many things to see in Aizu and we enjoyed our stay. Definitely a place we would like to com e back with friends or family for a ryokan experience.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Raffaello M wrote a tip Feb 2017
Stockholm, Sweden98 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Little English is spoken except by the front desk. But all staff will make the most effort to help."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mukaitaki
Which popular attractions are close to Mukaitaki?
Nearby attractions include Aizu Old Samurai Residences (0.7 miles), Aizuhanshu Matsudaira Family Grave (0.5 miles), and Aizuhanshu Matsudairake Bosho (0.5 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Mukaitaki?
Conveniently located restaurants include Onyadotoho, Matsumotoya, and Irori No Yado Ashina.
Is Mukaitaki located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Aizuwakamatsu.
Are there any historical sites close to Mukaitaki?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Sazaedo (1.9 miles), Aizu Old Samurai Residences (0.7 miles), and Place Where Byakkotai Members Committed Suicide (1.8 miles).
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