We arrived to our room on the 12th floor just in time for a beautiful sunset over the city and direct view of Kakegawa Castle. A little walk from the Kakegawa station (exit north side) and a short walk to the castle. Take advantage of the onsen on the top floor. We had never been to one before and this was a great introduction and experience. Essentially, it's like a Western spa with a lovely indoor hot bath, an outdoor hot bath, a (cold) plunge pool and a dry sauna. The men and women are separated. The rooms are efficiently Japanese, but everything is of good quality, including Shiseido shampoo, conditioner, face wash and body wash. Also, late evening noodles were fun with a young, English speaking guy downstairs. Overall, a wonderful stay at Dormy Inn and highly recommend it.
A block away is a corridor of tiny restaurants and bars, called Honjin-domi. Really cool to check out. We went to the end to a tiny shop, RiQ, for black sesame ramen and white sesame ramen. Delicious. Also, across the road from the castle is a shop where you can experience wearing samarai armour, walk around in it and get photos - my husband had a blast doing that.More
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