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Dai-ichi Takimotokan
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2011

We stayed at Daiichi Takimotokan for 2 nights while on our 5 night jaunt through Hokkaido. It was an experience, especially since we had stayed in a Japanese Onsen before.

First impressions count. The lobby is grand, but a little dated. We had a local guide that helped us through the registration process and other arrangements, so that was useful as the staff spoke little to no English. We had also been briefed by our guide on Onsen-etiquette, so that at least we were not too in the dark. Japanese hotels do not have bell-hops; expect to roll your luggage up to your room yourself!

Rooms were a tatami- style. In the day, the room is a dining area. By nighttime, the area is converted to sleeping quarters with foam mattresses that is unrolled and a heavy down feathered quilt provided. One side of the pillow is buckwheat and the other side is foam. The room is a bit small, so expect to squeeze around if you have lots of luggage. The hotel can install single beds for those not used to sleeping on the floor. We thought the tatami rooms were a unique part of a Japanese ryokan.

Local TV stations only; don't expect BBC or CNN. Rooms have heating, and the windows do open.

Note that the rooms are not designated smoking and non smoking. It's the luck of the draw. Also, we thought the room had a faint musty smell, but we realized later after going to the Onsen that it was the sulphur from the volcano that the hotel sits on!

The toilet is typical Japanese. The shower is an enclosed fiberglass affair with a bathtub and a standing shower area complete with stool and wash basin. The sink area is small but useable even with lots of face washes, shaving kits and what-nots. The toilet has the usual back-side washing implements that you would expect from a local hotel.

The indoor pool was great for the kids and my son enjoyed it very much. The pool is heated. There is a long slide that my kid enjoyed very much. Bring swimwear, or rent or buy a pair from the hotel. the pool is part of the Onsen area.

There are about 7 hot spring baths to choose from. One should clean oneself thoroughly at the bathing station before going into the hot springs. Expect to go into the hot spring in only a small 'dish cloth'. No swimming costume is allowed. The hair and skin products in the Onsen was also first-rate. We met a Hokkaido native who was staying at the hotel and enjoying the Onsen. It is by far one of the most popular hotels for the locals.

Dinner is taken in your room, 'Kaiseki' style. There is about five courses and the kimono clad ladies will bring the flood to your room one course at a time. This is good fun and with some sake, the meal goes down well. The food was good quality and we were very full after the meal.

Breakfast is taken in a huge communal hall. A large local buffet spread is lined up along a long wall. Pick your dishes and put them on the plate on our tray. This is just like living in an university college. Lots of half-awake people in their PJs, or in the Japanese robes come down direct from the warmth of their beds to meet the breakfast cut off time of 9am.

The hotel is close to convenience stores and local ice cream joints. There is a main street which we walked down and up in the cold blowing snow.

Don't get me wrong about this hotel. It is quite quaint, very Japanese, and good for Onsen loving people. But in the whole scheme of things from a Western perspective and from my other hotel experiences, this is an average hotel. Very little English is spoken by the staff, so you should make the arrangements through a local English speaking tour guide or through a Japanese friend. Also, Tatami style rooms and walking around naked in the onsen may not be for everyone.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

I have booked a Honeymoon Package with this hotel only to find that what they stated was on their website was not true. I can't imagine that they actually provided us two single beds for my wife and I when they should have given us a double bed. The reception staff was bad in their attitude when i approach them to ask for my private onsen as stated in their website. Their english is bad and they just don't bother to expalin much. Their food was just as bad with same items everyday breakfast and dinner. Their toiletries was terrible as they only provide a small piece of soap and 2 small packets of shampoo which I think it is damaging to the hotel's image. I seriously caution anyone who planned to stay in this hotel as it is defintely not worth the money.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

Stayed 1 night here. I signed the package of honeymoon package but they give us a single bed rooms and by telling us they don't have double bed room. Before I signed package with them, I had email them about about individual onsen in room and they reply yes but end up they have no individual onsen at room. I'm quite disappointed with them. Foods there not good and bad altitude of their reception staffs, when the things not as our expection, they never explain.

  • Stayed July 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2011

We stayed at the Daiichi as part pf a one week break in Hokkaido. It was my first time to try out "onsen", and I was a little nervous about the whole thing. I needn’t have been – the onsen at the Daiichi, known as the “Grand Public Baths”, was an amazing experience. Even my other half, who doesn’t normally enjoy spa activities, very much enjoyed this.

First, there is so much steam from the various baths, which are all centrally located in the same area, that by the time you walk in fully, the steam shrouds a lot, and affords some modesty. Second, the onsens are segregated by gender – in my all-female onsen, many women were comfortable in their own skin, ranging from the young adults to the old, slim to plump, etc. There is beauty in all shapes and sizes. Third, there were not that many people in the onsen (which at the Daiichi is open 24 hours!), so there was relative privacy in whichever corner of the onsen you wish to soak in. I was nervous in my first visit, but after that could not wait to go again.

At the Daiichi, in the female onsen section, there are a variety of indoor onsens all located in a great hall, that is steam-shrouded. I could not read the Japanese labels on each onsen, but there is a guide in the room for the different types (temperature, minerality), and also a map in the reception of the Grand Public Baths. There is a foot onsen as well, which is a round path with handrails you can walk in, and also a “waterfall” area with a stream of water coming down onto a seat, good for massaging. I particularly enjoyed the outdoor onsens, of which there were four, close to each other. It was just a joy soaking in the warm mineral waters in the cold crisp air, gazing at the snowy landscape. It was fun being able to try different onsen types, especially as a first-timer.

Almost on par with the onsen-soaking was the cleaning experience! Don’t be surprised that the bathroom amenities in your room are not as luxurious – this is because most guests choose to shower at the onsen facilities, which I found out only after my first trip!
As you enter the changing rooms, there are lockers for your valuables and room key, baskets for your clothes (or yukata, provided in your room if you are a guest), as well as a water cooler and iced tea dispenser. Similar to gym facilities, there are stations with hair dryers, disposable hair brush, cotton wool, etc. The amazing thing are the beauty products provided for use – hydrating collagen “spa water gel”, collagen moisturiser, leave-in hair treatment. The bathing area is also something else – it needed a little getting used to, but I enjoyed it very much. After the changing room, as you enter the onsen area, there are a series of open seated stations, with a strong showerhead pipe, and bath products from the “Horse Oil” (Ba Yu) brand, which is very moisturising. They sell these at the hotel store as well.

The one thing I didn't enjoy so much was the tatami-room, but I think this is something you'd get used to - next time we would opt for the other room types. That said, the onsen was so relaxing that we had no trouble at all getting a good night's sleep.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2011

Went to this place this morning at 11.04am. Here's my bad experience with this place:
Tips for travellers who do not speak Japanese:
1) Alight at Noboribetsu JR station
2) Cross the bridge to the other side, where the bus stop is
3) Get a round-trip ticket to Noboribetsu Bus terminal
4) Upon alighting at the bus terminal, walk 5 minutes uphill to reach Daiichi Takimotokan

That was the easy part. Now comes the difficult part:
1) Navigation through the hotel, to the Onsen (Public Bath) area was a headache, with a mixture of stairs and escalators, plus one lift.
2) On entering the public bath, the receptionist at the Men's Onsen was rude. She did not speak English, and expected everyone else to be aware of the rules.
3) You would dump your clothes in a basket, and strip in public. If you wore your clothes into the gents, you would be given weird stares.
4) Unsure what to do, I decided to borrow some shorts. Not knowing there is a charge for borrowing of shorts, the lady shouted at me and said it was chargeable. Having visited other locations in Japan, this was the first nasty service experience I encountered.
5) I decided to leave the onsen without even experiencing what many travellers said is the best onsen. It may have the reputation of having the most number of hot springs in this hotel, but go there only if you want to be shocked rudely by poor service.
6) I demanded for a full refund on the poor service. The receptionist, not understanding the situation, called her manager and finally relented.

I will never go back to this hot spring location ever again, if I am back in Japan on holiday and in Noboribetsu area.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2011

This is the largest onsen place in Noboribetsu. However, the hotel may be a victim of its size. Service varies as staff has to deal with the great number of tourists and locals checking in. Great for families with young children as they have a swimming pool area with slide to entertain the young ones while the adults soak in the onsen.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2010

The hotel is famous for its bath. There are many onsen, both indoor and outdoor but I only tried the outside one which is great especially when it's snowing. It is relaxing.

We tried both buffet style breakfast and dinner, the choice of food is ok but the quality is average. The room is old Japanese style but the view of our room is not bad with snow covering the hill and trees.

The hotel is close to shopping area and Hell Valley and when you book the hotel, watch out that there are some rooms without bathroom.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Dai-ichi Takimotokan
Address: 55 Noboribetsu Onsen-cho, Noboribetsu 059-0551, Hokkaido
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Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Noboribetsu > Noboribetsu Onsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Noboribetsu
#3 Spa Hotel in Noboribetsu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dai-ichi Takimotokan 4*
Number of rooms: 399
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Where Onsen Heaven meets Hell Valley, Dai-ichi Takimotokan extends a warm Hokkaido welcome. At Dai-ichi Takimotokan you step into the very special world of the Japanese onsen ryokan. A world of hospitality that extends a warm welcome, steeped in over 150 years of history. Where active volcanoes feed healing onsen waters, beautiful natural vistas signal the changing seasons, and refined Japanese cuisine is made from the freshest Hokkaido produce. ... more   less 
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