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Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for one night before exploring the Jyuniko Lake area. The location is very close, a good jumping off point. There were bungalows for families, and rooms in 2 smaller buildings, where we stayed. Our room had a loft for sleeping, was very spacious and clean. We were just 2, but you could easily sleep up to 5. There is a large park, and you can walk to a scenic spot to watch a spectacular sunset. There is a small shop on premises that sells drinks, gifts and souvenirs and some snacks. There is really nothing around for miles, would highly recommend dinner and breakfast meal plan. The breakfast buffet was actually quite delicious. This would be a great getaway with kids.

Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Fishlifeshow
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

The name of AWONE is Aomori World Of Nature Estate. This resort is built on a mountain pasture with pine forest surrounded it and is adjacent to the region of Juniko 12 Lakes. The scenic setting resembles a Swiss mountain resort. When we first arrived at the resort I was so impressed with the surrounding pine forest and the acres of green pasture. There are park benches, picnic area and children playgrounds welcome family of all ages to come for their country retreats away from the city.

AWONE is one of the few mountain lodges in this area for the overnight visitors who prefer to stay close to the nature. It offers choices of lodging in Japanese ryokan style building or in Swiss cottage chalets. We chose to stay in the Japanese room which has two levels of sleeping quarter and is larger than we expected. Room is also equipped with bathroom and a med-size refrigerator. Our booking included breakfast and set meal dinner. Meals are served in a large dining hall across from our building. Hot springs onsen for men and women are located in a separate building. A café with light snack bar is nearby the onsen building. A small souvenir and gift shop is across from the Reception. There is a large room for conference and meeting. The regional park museum of nature’s exhibitions is nearby the Resort. There are walking and hiking paths to the mountains and lakes. During the day Resort provides free shuttles to and from the final bus stop of Juniko 12 Lakes and shuttles to/from JR East Gono Line Juniko 12 Lakes Station. Coin-operated laundry facility is available inside of the onsen building. It appears visitors also come in the winter season to ski. When weather is nice Resort would provide shuttle to watch sunset on Moriyama Beach which is just down the mountain path below the Resort. During our two day stays we not only had one of our best getaway retreat experiences but also had the opportunities to explore the surrounding nature parks, pine and beech forest, lakes and marine lives by the coastal park of Japan Sea. We took the free shuttle to watch the beautiful sunset on the sea.

During the summer season JR East Gono Line offers special theme train service called Resort Shirakami, with large ceiling to floor windows, sea views and mandatory reserve seating. The theme trains run 5 times a day along Japan Sea Coastal Line between Akita and Aomori; Juniko Station is one of the stops that visitors get off to reach 12 Lakes and Shirakami Sanchi mountain region. We chose to stay at AWONE for the convenience of its location where bus services are available to the Juniko 12 Lakes and the Japan seashores.

We will definite recommend this mountain resort to those who love to stay in a peaceful and relaxed lodging that is closed to the nature’s environment. The only draw back of this Resort is that office staff and service members speak very little or no English. I can understand that since the guests come here are mainly Japanese. Majority of the Westerners are not familiar with this area, let alone travel to here.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank unescotravelbug
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

Agree with previous review about the location of the hotel. It was convenient if one would like to tour around the area. It was certainly a good stop along the scenic Gono Line. From the train station, a shuttle would take travelers to the ground.

We stayed in an individual cottage, which was quite nice. It was adequately equipped and quite spacious. Some rooms were not equipped with air-conditioning though, and doors needed to be kept open for cool air to circulate.

The facilities on site was quite nice -- a shop, an onsen, a restaurant, some walking trails with places to watch sunset. It was peaceful and relaxing.

The restaurant there served reasonable food -- could be further improved for sure, especially the service. They started putting away some food (e.g., rice) even when some customers only just sat down for their dinner.

Overall, this was a place to be recommended for visitors in the area.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank PH15
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Reviewed July 31, 2015

this is a great place for people who want a european style - Scandinavian bunglows - we stayed here because my wife did not find appropriate minshukan or ryokan on short notice. The cottage was nice and sufficiently furnished but the quality of the restaurant was not on par with any of the other ryokans which were all in the same price range.

no wifi in room or in lobby - problem because poor reception with 3g or 4g

By the way, this is a great place to start if you are doing a trip around the jyuniko twelve ponds

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2018
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Stayed: August 2018
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