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Reviewed March 6, 2016

Our friends had made a reservation for us to visit Sarugakyo Hotel and it was indeed a nice place to visit. There was snow in the area so it was a beautiful drive. Perhaps the scenery is even more beautiful during spring but we enjoyed our stay. The hotel is little bit older, but it is cozy and like always in Japan clean. Our friends helped us with Japanese customs so there was no problem.

After putting on Yukata and slippers we went to onsen. It is a separate building but very close. There is two private baths so it was just perfect for us. We selected the first one and it was perfect for two of us. The other is bigger so it was good for a family of four. The water temperature was quite warm, so it took little time to adjust, but after that it was nice and relaxing.

The dinner was good and there was several different kind of tofu to taste. Our server was happy to show how to prepare some meals and it was really nice. having a Japanese meal together with good friends is really exceptional experience. In the morning we had a buffet style breakfast, there was good selection for Japanese taste and something also for western style.

There was also a story telling time and a little demonstration and tasting of a Japanese specialty. Children enjoyed it very much. It was in Japanese so I could not follow it.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Kimulus
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Reviewed October 31, 2015

We came across this ryokan in Iyado website and took the chance. Am glad it's mostly local tourists. We had a western room facing the lake which was pretty scenic. Took a walk around the back across a gorge which offered bungee jumping in summer. The onsen was more than a short walk away. Both the indoor and outdoor onsens were pretty large. Food was ok for the price we paid.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

It was a long drive of 4 hours+ to there. Very remote town and away from town. Serene environment. We took a walk to the nearby lake. Enjoyable.

Room facilities are standard. Onsen is comfortable but not too big. Staff is warm and helpful though they have very limited English ability as they serve mostly local. Food were good especially their tofu.

Its a pleasant place but for that quality to travel such long. I may not return.

Stayed: October 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed March 18, 2015

Went during snowy weather, so we got to experience the whole sitting in the onsen while snow settles on your nose and head. It was a blast. We also got to take a dip in the private baths, which was all very convenient and no hassle to book. Unfortunately we were too comatose after our make-your-own-yuba meal to go to the tea making and story telling event. The room was spacious and had a great lakeside view. They also have freshly baked bread and tofu yoghurt for breakfast. Visited Takuminosato to finish off our trip making some handicrafts. All in all, great weekend trip away from Tokyo. The hotel shuttle picks you up from the station and there's a bus that takes you around the attractions, so everything was very convenient.

  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Thumbs up for everything!
Will be very helpful to learn some basic Japanese language. However, even without that the staffs give great effort to communicate to non japanese speaking tourists.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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