I can say many great things about this hotel. The views from the lobby, through giant windows and out over the ocean, are beautiful. The train ride down from Tokyo, along the coast, was lovely. The Japanese-style rooms are a great experience, and we slept like logs on the futons with super-comfortable bedding and the sound of the waves coming through the window. The breakfast was delicious and incredibly elaborate. Service was super-attentive, with so many people taking care of room set up and meal service. You can get picked up at the train station by the hotel van. All of the staff were friendly, helpful, and polite. The private bath suites (each guest gets a free one-hour session) are gorgeous and very deluxe, and the public baths are also very nice - though be forewarned, swimsuits are not allowed!
On the negatives side - although our room faced the ocean, it was set back over some other roofs of the lower floors, and there was no balcony, so we did not really get much of an immersive "ocean view" experience from our room, as we had expected. And the biggest negative of all is that there is really no outdoor space at the hotel at all, other than the small outdoor baths (which are still behind a fence / under an overhang). The hotel is basically sandwiched between the road and the ocean. You will spend all of your time in your room, in the baths, or in the lobby. For me, I felt much more confined than I had expected/hoped If you want more of an outdoor Ryokkan/Onsen experience, with gardens and other outdoor space, you should go somewhere else.
One word for vegetarians - they cannot prepare a vegetarian dinner option, and the dinner is supposed to be a big part of the experience. We checked in advance and knew this so we brought some snacks for dinner and enjoyed the Western breakfast, which was mostly vegetarian.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 【About Bousui】Bousui is a brand of "Making memories." We promise that you can make a special memory during staying at Bousui. Every room is oceanfront, so you can enjoy seeing the beautiful blue sea anytime as you like. 【Private Outdoor Bath】We offer Japanese Private Outdoor Bath if you make a reservation. You can select from 4 kinds of Japanese Private Outdoor Baths. 【Spa】 Our "HEAVENLY SPA GECCA" won JAPANESE BEST SPA 2013 and 2014. 【Surroundings】We have the Oceanfront Public Outdoor Bath which is called "KURONEIWABURO" This is an outside public bath at the water's edge. It is very close to the ocean, and this KURONEIWABURO is very famous and is a popular place for tourists and local people. ... more less
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- Izu Hokkawa Onsen Bousui Japan/Higashiizu-Cho