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“Solid hotel; Onsen with a great view”
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Kaisenkaku
Ranked #8 of 56 Hotels / Ryokan in Aomori
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Kaisenkaku is a solid mid-range onsen hotel. It's big, it's got all the amenities you'd expect from a hotel like this, and it's very clean. It's probably the best that can be expected in a minor hot springs resort that is otherwise dying.

Four of us (including two gaijin) came here for one night. The stay was planned mostly as a transitory location in between Hachinohe and our objective which was Ooma (the place where all the bluefin tuna is caught). The hotel boasts a hot springs with a great view on the top floor, and that was exactly as advertised.

But everything else was frankly meh. The hot springs town is non-existent with no shops. The hotel is in front of a highway of sorts, and it's clearly a big commercial operation. As soon as we set foot in it, the Japanese among us (me included) figured out what this experience was going to look like, and we decided to skip dinner and go into Aomori town instead. The best thing about this hotel is the train station, which is only 5 min walk away. There aren't many though so you have to get the schedule from them. Breakfast was totally fine.

If I were to come back to the area, I'd actually stay in Aomori, which has interesting things to see, and some of the most amazing food we've ever had. But if you're like us and you're passing through, it's a perfectly respectable place.

I imagine language could be an issue, but we spoke Japanese, so it wasn't a problem.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is a great hotel - clean (of course) and with wonderful, helpful staff. I think all of the Japanese style rooms face the ocean overlooking the highway and a large parking lot. Food is great with dinner having grilled scallops and tempura scallops (the tempura is excellent IMHO). If coming from Aomori, you might want to catch a city bus rather than the train. The Asamushi Onsen train station requires you to WALK up and down over the train tracks. There is NO elevator or escalator or alternate way to cross the tracks. Not a huge problem unless you happen to be lugging around large suitcases like most gaijin. This only applies to the trip from Aomori to Asamushi Onsen as the return trip uses the other train track and doesn't require cardio stair work. The onsen was good - not great because the outdoor portion wasn't really outdoor. More like the indoor portion of the onsen with a window removed. Still a pretty decent onsen experience - water was comfortably warm and not scalding hot. Nothing special about the water that I could observe.

Room Tip: Japanese rooms (sleep on the floor) have a view of the ocean
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

This hotel was very large, clean and comfortable. My room had a stunning view looking over the ocean where you could enjoy the sunset.

The tradition Japanese was mouth-watering with fresh seafood like abalone and crab. A thoroughly enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Top traditional Japanese cuisine covering everything. In particular we loved the simmered abalone in a thick sauce. The sushi rice was very traditional meaning the rice was already slightly fermenting, the way it was supposed to be for the rice to conserve the raw fish.
The view from the onsen is fantastic.
The Japanese style rooms are huge and good for 4 adults.
The hotel is probably 20 years old but top maintained.
Nice evening entertainment with taiko drums and shamisen (Japanese guitar). No crap but top artists.
Excellent traditional stay.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed there for conference. Tranditional and modern hotel on the bay. Great ocean view from spacious clean japanese style room was impressive. Public bath on 9th fl.was calm and has a spectacular ocean view. Breakfast was great in quality and selections. One drawback is convient store is a bit away from hotel (15min walk). Highly recommended for family vacation.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 May 2015

Hotel Kaisenkaku was clean, quiet, and comfortable. Service was very good throughout. The tatami mat room was plenty large. It contained free wifi Internet and a sufficient number of electric outlets. Big windows (which could be opened for fresh air) afforded a great westward-looking view of Mutsu Bay.

The public baths on the top (ninth) floor were clean, modern, and pleasant. There were two interior baths, one warmer than the other, and a small outside bath (rotenburo). They were enjoyable.

Our accommodation plan included dinner and breakfast. Dinner was a multicourse kyseki-style meal which happily (and not at all surprisingly, considering the property's location on Mutsu Bay) featured fresh scallops. Locally-produced sake was a nice touch, too. The buffet-format breakfast (scallops here too!) was tasty and a step above ordinary.

I enjoyed the free nighttime shamisen concert in the hotel lobby, in which a local musician masterfully and beautifully performed traditional music on his special three-stringed plucked Japanese instrument.

The per person tariff for lodging and two meals was ¥15000, which seemed very reasonable. I recommend it to those staying overnight in the vicinity of Aomori City (especially if you are driving a car...because Asamushi Onsen is about 10km from the center of Aomori),

Room Tip: Bay-facing room (which they all may be, anyway) on a high floor.
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kaisenkaku

Address: 31 Asamushi Hotarudani, Aomori 039-3501, Aomori Prefecture
Region: Japan > Tohoku > Aomori Prefecture > Aomori > Asamushi Onsen
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #8 of 56 Hotels / Ryokan in Aomori
Price Range: $147 - $389 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kaisenkaku 3*
Number of rooms: 89
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