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Reviewed May 21, 2018

An excellent hotel with beautiful modern entrance, Welcome drinks, nice rooms with western chairs and a table, and shower and toilet in room! Buffet dinner and buffet breakfast both very good - but one does tend to eat too much when there is good food at the buffet.

  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled with friends
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Thank Charlie S
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kagayagrp, 支配人 at Niji to Umi, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

Dear Charlie S

Thank you very much for your compliment.

Your satisfaction is very important for us.
We will continue to make an improvement and work harder to meet guests expectation.

We hope to have another opportunity to serve you soon.

NIJI TO UMI
General Maneger
Yoshiki Tanaka

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Reviewed June 17, 2016

Over the course of living in Japan for three years, I visited many onsen villages. Wakura Onsen was not one of my favorites, and neither was this hotel. We stayed here overnight as part of a weekend driving tour of scenic, remote Noto Peninsula, and because the nearby town of Nanao offered good sushi and some interesting sights.

Close your eyes as you approach Niji to Umi, as it occupies one of several non-descript concrete buildings overlooking Nanao West Bay. Once inside, however, the lobby and interior public spaces are snazzy and modern. Free wifi was available in the lobby, and it worked A-OK.

Our room was clean and spacious, big enough to allow you to take your pick of Western beds or Japanese futon. The windows needed a good cleaning, however; and, sadly, you couldn’t open them to admit fresh air coming off the water. The onsen (public baths) were decent, but the space was overall drab. In addition, the floor of the men’s large indoor bath was missing tiles. The included half-board meals (dinner and breakfast) were served buffet style in a large, ordinary banquet room. The food was good, but not special.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Andrew1234
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Reviewed June 17, 2015

Hoping to spend a night at Wakura onsen town, we booked a western/japanese style room at Niji to Umi. It was certainly an excellent choice.

From the entrance to the check in counter, you will pass by a few nicely scented areas which make you feel totally relaxed immediately. All rooms have great view of Notojima. There isn't many rooms in the hotel (3 to 5 rooms per level) and thus the hotel doesn't feel overcrowded. The rooms are beautifully decorated, clean and spacious.

The hot spring bath was good, but the outdoor bath was pretty small. Buffet dinner and breakfast have a good spread with almost all items being delicious. The service provided by the staff was top-notch! While they have limited English proficiency, all the staff that we met would all bend backwards with a smile to help you.

While the price for the stay isn't exactly cheap, the view from the room and the service rendered certainly made the stay a pleasant and relaxing one.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
1  Thank QKL
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This was our second visit to Noto for Onsen, this time with two kids in tow (2 3/4 and 4 months old boys). The last time we stayed 5 star style -- private meal service (7 or more courses) in the room, etc., in a very classic ryokan. This time my wife booked us into the Niji to Umi. From the moment you arrive, it is a fresh and modern experience. Its situation on the waterfront provides amazing views from the lobby and dining/lounge area. Instead of the private dining, we ate in the common dining room which had excellent food (a set sushi starter course, buffet, and steak/tempura station). Good variety, but it wasn't over the top -- plenty to adventure, yet you don't feel the need to overeat. One note: the menu was not very different between the two days we ate there, which was somewhat disappointing. Breakfast (and evening dessert) were served in the first floor lounge. Again, fairly straight forward selections, some variety but not overwhelming. I found myself satiated but healthier (which isn't a bad result being at an onsen). The onsen itself was very nice with large indoor space, plus a smaller outdoor pool. Rooms were extremely comfortable, and luck would have it we got upgraded to the penthouse for the last night. In the morning the whole family took a bath on the balcony overlooking the sea -- an experience I will never forget. Service throughout was impeccable, but not smothering. All our requests were handled with ease. For families, this place is perfect. You are offered small baby beds when you are dining -- the most relaxing meals we have had out to date. And so many families there, you lose all self-consciousness when your children decide to go running around the dining room.

We will definitely return again!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Alex W
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

We picked Niji to Umi randomly and without a reservation as the last hotel on a twelve day bicycle trip from Kyoto around the Noto Peninsula. As this was our last night, we were trying to figure out (with no Japanese) how to get our bicycles from Wakura Onsen back to Kyoto. We had no Rinko Bags, no boxes and wanted to send some of our stuff back to Narita.

Mr. Takeshi went above and beyond trying to help us and maintained very awesome humor as my partner struggled to maintain his composure given the language difficulties. HE WAS GREAT. He even arranged to take us to the bus station which we could have found on our own no doubt, but we followed behind on our bicycles..very fun and charming.

This hotel is not cheap. We paid almost $350 for the night (though including dinner), making it one of the most expensive hotels we stayed in on our trip. And like so much of Japan it's ugly from the outside... but on the inside, it's awesome. Our Japanese style room was lovely, large, and right over the bay with a gorgeous view. The dinner buffet was very tasty and had some very interesting dishes we hadn't had in our month in Japan. And the service was top notch.

I would go back to this hotel in a second. But it's unlikely we'll ever make it back to this part of Japan, so we'll just have awesome memories.

Thanks!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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