This hotel is located in the Sounkyo Gorge, within Daisetsuzan National Park. It is about ten minutes walk from the foot of the ropeway leading up Mt. Kurodake.
This is a fairly new (1990), large resort hotel along a row of similar hotels. It is probably most easily visited by car, and there is a large, paved parking area, although the entrance is easy to miss.
Many of the clientele are tour groups who arrive by bus.
We were met outside by an over-eager, somewhat insincere, greeter who took charge of our luggage and took us to the check-in. The check-in itself was very impersonal and disinterested. We were not shown to our rooms or welcomed by a maid in the room as is customary in a ryokan, as this purports to be.
The lobby is large, well-equipped and comfortable. There is a fairly large souvenir store.
The rooms are Japanese-style, fairly small, and well-worn. They are also not very well-equipped. For instance, our room had no reading light nor any shower cap. The bathroom was very small, poorly lit and had no counter. There was a safe and a refrigerator in the room.
In addition to a yukata for sleeping, the hotel provides a truly hideous costume for wear within the building.
Rooms along the back of the hotel look out over Sounkyo Gorge and to the cliff beyond, where the trees were just beginning to change to autumn colours during our stay.
Rather than the typical ryokan supper served in the room, there was a Viking (buffet) supper in a dinning room. There are at least two dining rooms, one perhaps for large groups. Our room was bright, crowded, noisy and not very relaxing. There were a great number of dishes offered, Japanese, western and Chinese, but many dishes looked better than they tasted. The Japanese dishes were the best. The service was not very gracious.
The Viking breakfast the next morning was in the other dining room, and was much more successful. There was a wide selection of Japanese and western dishes, and a number of local dishes, all with very fresh ingredients.
We did not try the hotel’s public baths.
There are a number of hotels in Sounkyo Onsen. The Choyo Resort Hotel was not particularly good value.
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- Also Known As:
- Choyo Hotel Kamikawa Cho
- Choyo Resort Hotel Hokkaido, Japan