Situated in Lake Akan area, about a 2 hour drive from Kushiro station, Akan Tsuruga Bessou Hina no Za is definitely my most memorable stay at any hotel. We went there during early April 2017 and luckily it was still snowing so the town was beautifully covered in white.
Starting with the preparation, I had emailed the hotel inquiring about hotel shuttle bus services as the area is mainly accessible by local bus or rental cars. The closest one was from Kushiro and had to be booked in advance so the online admin who had been corresponding with me assisted with that.
Upon arrival at the hotel, it was like entering a different world with hallways decorated with wooden carvings of bears, owls, various other creatures representing their Ainu culture. The hotel staff greeted us with a very gracious bow as we stepped into the reception area and they took our shoes for safe keeping in their storage room. After dealing with the registration, the staff lead us to our room which was on the 2nd floor. I had booked the Kazumi-no-Za which offered the view of Lake Akan and it was a great choice. The room was very spacious, divided into sections by shoji or paper walls, and had a balcony area overlooked the lake where the private onsen tub was situated. My favorite part of the room was the massage chair (lol), I actually fell asleep on it several times.
We were introduced to our room attendant before dinner, who would help us prep the dining table, lay out our futons after dinner, etc. She would tend to us for almost the entire duration of our stay and although she wasn't very fluent in English, she had a very delightful personality. Our dinner was served in-room, kaiseki style, with high quality ingredients and beautiful presentation. I almost didn't want to eat it because of how meticulous the dishes were prepared. After dinner, our room attendant helped clean everything up and laid out our futons which were very comfortable.
By the end of our trip, we felt like we had to come back here again despite the long journey not just because of the beautiful accommodation but the warm and welcoming staff that ensured we had a wonderful stay. If the hotel staff is reading this, thank you very much for your service and making our honeymoon truly memorable. Otsukaresama deshita.
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