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Reviewed April 24, 2018

We travelled to Fukushima primarily to view the Cherry Blossoms. Our first hotel in this area was the Shosuke-no-Yado Takinoyu.

We were in a large group and our guide helped us with the check-in arrangements. After our keys were distributed, we hopped onto one of the two lifts and went top to the sixth floor bound for our room. You may like to know that there are some English speaking front office staff. Some of the other staff understand English. While we were in the hotel, there was Thai and Chinese guests there too.

Our room was located midway along a long corridor. From the outside, the hotel looks like 3 buildings that have been joined together. Our room was spacious with modern mattresses on raised tatami flooring. A large tatami style table sat at the opposite end facing the window. The window opens up to the sound of the fast flowing river down below. There is a flat screen TV that only shows local Japanese TV stations. Wifi can be received in the room.

Room snacks is left on the table and is refilled daily. A large wardrobe is near the tatami table, and in here, you will find your Yukuta for going to the onsen. A sink on a large table sits in front of the beds. A hot water dispensing flask with tea making facilities sits on the table, as well as men's and women's soaps and moisturisers.

Near the door to the room, there is a typical Japanese fibre glass shower and bathtub. On the opposite side of the room door is the toilet with all the usual Japanese toilet functions.

We had breakfast and dinner in the hotel and they were generally OK. Breakfast is Japanese buffet and in the banquet hall. Lots of variety and all self-service. As our group was quite big, we booked a private room and had our Kaiseki served there. Food was plentiful and generally quite good standard.

There is an Onsen on site and this can be enjoyed before or after dinner, and even before breakfast. Ice-cream, drinks and beer is served for free outside the onsen. There is no gym on site, so you will have to get that fix outside.

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank Jamie575
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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

The hotel located at outskirts of Aizuwakamatsu with only 15 min bus ride from the train station. Higashiyama Onsen is well known hot spring district and the hotel is located at the entrance of this district. The hotel has large hot springs with nice river views, and a few private hot springs outside. Food was excellent. Raw horse meat is local delicacy and I requested to replace it with something else for my husband who does not eat horse meat. The hotel was happy to provide roast beef Sushi, instead. It was very delicious. I highly recommend this place - atmosphere, food and friendliness.

Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank mimicchi
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Reviewed October 19, 2017

This was our second visit.
The first was in Jan ‘17 when we stayed for a day and were upgraded to a suite. The western style room had a separate dining area and attached outdoor bath. It had a nice view of the snow covered forested hill slope and the river below.
Dinner was tasty and well prepared. Service was great too. Breakfast was a buffet spread which was a bit disappointing.
We were snow bound and could not explore the area and the city of Aiziwakamatsu.
Hence our re-visit in October. Fall colours had not peaked yet but area was pretty.. we took the loop bus to visit the castle and old downtown which we felt was overrated. Nonetheless a comfortable modern hotel, with modern baths (ph was reported to be 7 but it did not feel smooth) and good dinner service.

Date of stay: October 2017
2  Thank TanSS
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Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

This was our first experience staying at a hotel with an Onsen and also to stay in a traditional tatami room. We were a group of 9 with 2 small children. They had a great time in the Onsen. We all were able to where our traditional robes all the time around the hotel. We had a fantastic traditional Japanese meal for all of us in a private room. All was fantastic.

Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Thank dlsalse
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Reviewed April 18, 2017

This hotel stand by river side and provides awesome hot spring where people could enjoy the scenery and hot spring simultaneously. After sunset, there are spotlights lighten the river and reflection of water is so beautiful. The room, dinning and service are pretty good as well. We had a good time there and would like to have the same accommodation again.

Date of stay: June 2016
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Thank 0HanK
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