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Hotel Park Hills
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Great location just next door to the water falls. The hot spring was also good.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

It's a good 20 min drive away from Biei city area (JR Station). While the hotel website said a shuttle bus could be arranged, I received no response from the hotel even though I emailed them in both English and Japanese. In the end we arrived to the train station and took a taxi.
Hotel was oldish. The staff was very nice and kind but the hotel room was Like 80s floral decor. The rooms we had were in the new wing. Which had windows facing greenery. Quite relaxing. But bugs are many in summer so beware to shut the windows if you don't like flying insects popping up in the room. The new annex is a couple minutes walk away from the main building where the hot spring, swimming pool are. Hot spring was ok. Seemed to have medicinal properties. But many other foreign tourists didnt know the bathing etiquette which kinda irked me. The outdoor bath isn't much to be excited about since there's no good view. If only it had a nice mountain view or something.
Our hotel plan came without any meals. The hotel meals were pricey and the other food options was a mom & pop bed & breakfast place 5 min walk from the hotel. We had dinner there. It's really homey cooked meals. But beware that mom & pop serves their own B&B guests first so you may be disappointed if you're really hungry and want to eat now. If youre lazy to walk, Get room plan With meals. There's a convenience store a little further up. Quite well stocked. So don't worry about being hungry.
The shirogane waterfalls, blue river are just behind the hotel 2 min walk away. Lovely scenery. We went there 3 times though we stayed only 1 night. Good mountain views too. We also climbed the stairs all the way to the top to look at the mountain range.
The tourist bureau is also nearby, great postcards there and they have stamps and will help to post it too.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

greetings,

family of three went on a trip to japan last june and we spent three nights at hotel park hills in biei / shirogane onsen.

the hotel itself is located in shirogane onsen, which is a small onsen village (basically a few hotels, one general store and some houses, and that`s it.)

the hotel is located in a quite remote area, we had rented a car during our trip in hokkaido island. Plenty of free parking space, so not an issue at all, i don`t know however how easy it would have been to reach the hotel via public transportation. We did saw quite a lot of tour bus - seems quite popular way to travel in Japan - but not much public transportation around.

The rooms are basic, but clean and somehow offers decent space (according to japan standards).

As this is an onsen hotel, you get the yukata, slippers and some sort of (excuse my ignorance) other traiditional garment that you can wear on your shoulders so on top of the yukata if you feel cold.

The onsen part of the hotel is quite nice, there are a few onsen hot springs japanese bath and one outdoor onsen japanese hotspring bath. They are pretty much open around-the-clock.
For us north-american it`s a bit of an experience (e.g. bathing naked with other fellow bathers) but after going thru our initial inhibition, it feels very ok and extermely relaxing. Of course baths are separated by genders.

The breakfast is served in the main hotel restaurant which is quite roomy and the selection is pretty good. you can have both western and japanese breakfast items (all - you - can - eat buffet type of place).

For dinner we used the small pub restaurant located near the hot springs. The menu is simple but the food excellent. We tried the sashimi plate, the ramen soup and the japanese omelet and they were all excellent. You can take as well the more elaborate dinner in the main restaurant of the hotel (same one as for breakfast) where you have some all-you-can-eat type of dinner, but the price tag is somehow higher than the pub.

The surroundings of the hotel are right in the national park, we did some hiking around towards tokachi-dake and biei-dake but there was still quite some snow on the ground once we reached higher altitude (end of June) hence at one point in time we just headed back down the trail. We did got quite some nice views of the mountains and the tokachi-dake volcano.

There is as well the walking path that leads you over the river and waterfalls, then you can continue up into some sort of covered walkway that (after quite some steps..) will get you to the tokachi-dake volcano information center.

The price tag was as well quite ok compared to other alternatives in the area. So you definitely get good value for the price tag.

The staff spoke very little english, but despite this, they were all very helpful. One of them helped us get a hiking map and recommended some hiking trails for us. Another staff member gave us extensive maps and directions on how to reach our next destination.

Montrealer2

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

It's a good 20km from the town of Biei. That said, it's nice to soak in the onsen on a cold winter evening. It's so white all around, and the powdery snow is just lovely.

The room is pretty big and the breakfast provided features Biei produce.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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4  Thank ck2003123
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Stayed at Park Hills Hotel for 5 nights at the end of a trip to Hokkaido. Was slightly concerned that as the days worked out did not want to split into a couple of centres for the last 5 days and drop anchor at one location. Asahidake hotel prices were expensive and if you stayed there you would still need to travel out from there to visit other locations. Park Hills gives access to part of the Daisetsuzan National Park plus the fertile rolling hills.

Possibly hidden from the tourist information and confused by internet verbal pundits on their travel blogs is that Mt Tokachi is an active volcano that kills village people periodical through mud flows and eruptions hitting sulphur minors. A 30 year period or there abouts. One internet blog moaned that construction had taken place in the national park and it was an unwanted development related to Japanese mafia money but if they had visited the Mt. Tokachi volcanic sand information center which is reached via one of the constructions in Shirogane that they took exception to [an escape route for locals] they would have been wiser. Can be walked to from the town via the covered escape route at the time of need. All those constructions in the rivers and valleys are designed to break up, hinder and control mud flows from an eruption.

Hotel Park Hills is an onsen hotel which offers excellent views of the mountain range from the hotel rooms at the back of the hotel in the main building. Similar to experience elsewhere Japanese tour groups have all inclusive stays, breakfast and diner buffet whilst Western booking companies exclude breakfast from the price. English language is a slight problem at this hotel, but in relation to breakfast they simply want you to say whether you will be taking breakfast everyday. Having achieved this you just walk in as everybody else does and pay for breakfast at the end, no breakfast tickets are issued.

We skipped dinner on the basis of cost and that you would simply get fat if you eat a buffet breakfast and buffet diner. As posted by someone else the bar food and location was unattractive so did not bother with that either.

The breakfast was excellent and consisted of local products that were showcased. Fresh yoghurt with matching berry jam. Use of local potatoes, salmon etc.Coffee was syrup machine based which I would fault them on but other than that it was good.

The Biel tourist office on route into town just before the blue lake to the right of the golf course entrance, the church like building offered very good tourist information, leaflets, English speaker. The leaflets provided the Japanese Mapcode system six digit coordinate which you use to locate each of the recommended attractions to visit. Parks, rolling hills, trees, museums etc.

Wifi is provided free together with an internet terminal in reception. The hotel is not wired for wifi or LAN across floors.

The Hotel Park Hills offers an excellent location for touring the area, hiking and photography and has sensible prices unlike the big name onsens. The partner gave it the thumbs up.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank LondonTell
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

An affordable choice if you want onsen hotel in the area.
Everything is up to standard.

Very close to the 'blue lake' which is very beautiful and very good for a nice little morning walk.
30 minutes drive to Furano give you lots of others options such as small sized family run B&Bs if onsen is not a must for you.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2012 via mobile

This was our first experience staying in a resort style onsen hotel. Overall it was very good and had all the trimmings including near a great location to start day walks into the national park.
Only major criticism was the expensive (3000+ yen) buffet dinner with other options available very uninspiring.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Address: Shirogane, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun 071-0235, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Kamikawa-gun > Biei-cho > Shirogane Onsen
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels / Ryokan in Biei-cho
Price Range: $69 - $204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Park Hills 3*
Number of rooms: 174
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