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“The Japanese experience and the food makes this place worth the trip”

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Hakkouda Resort Hotel
Ranked #28 of 57 Hotels / Ryokan in Aomori
Reviewed 4 May 2016

We were here during the shoulder season. Minimal snow and no hiking. We used this hotel as a base to explore the Aomori Prefecture. The end of April was the perfect time to see the cherry blossoms around Aomori. Hirosaki Castle and Park is a lovely 1 hour drive and the blossoms were in full bloom. A short drive to the pacific coast brings you to Hachinohe and Kabushima Island and Ashigezaki viewpoint. There is plenty to see for a few days. The hotel is a basic lodge and onsen. The staff were friendly and helpful in broken english. The traditional Japanese room with tatami mats was basic but comfortable. The traditional Japanese breakfast and dinner were exceptional.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

Perhaps more commonly known by the title above (and thus not so easily found on Tripadvisor), we stayed here for five nights in March. This is not an elaborate resort in the usual sense but it ticked all the boxes for us - location, food, service and comfort at a very reasonable price. We came mainly to view the stunning winter vistas of the Hakkoda mountains and weren't disappointed. When the weather was poor we visited neighbouring onsens (although the hotel's onsen was a delight) and always had superb Japanese dinners at the hotel complemented by excellent beer and saki. The hotel staff were always helpful, even if English was sometimes limited.

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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2015

Great location if you are here for winter sports or to use the Cable Ropeway.
Do not let the name Resort or Spa fool you – this is JAPAN & more like our basic skiers lodge!
The staff are absolutely delightful: enthusiastic and could not have been more helpful - English is not spoken well (if at all), but that is half the charm.
The food is totally awesome…all authentic traditional Japanese – set menu with no choice every night, and a basic buffet breakfast. No bar, certainly no ‘nightlife’, and very VERY limited on any wine choice with dinner…
We were actually asked to be quiet & turn our ‘noise’ down one evening at SIX pm…..not by the staff, I might add! So do not come here to party & laugh too much!
We tried to book about 12 months in advance to get western style rooms. There were only 2 other ‘western’ couples staying while we were there, and as we were unable to get ‘western’ rooms – I seriously question how many western style rooms they may or may not have here. We all had tatami mats for beds and you had to use the hotel’s public onsen for your daily bath/shower. Well worth a visit (by local bus shuttle) to the 300 year old onsen nearby as well.
We stayed here for 5 nights and though we all got used to sleeping on the floor very comfortably…it certainly was nice to get back to the ‘altitude’ of a western style bed.
Always great Pow this far up north and the snow did not disappoint. The back country touring & skiing was wonderful more for the scenery & ambiance than the slopes – far too much walking by our guide for very short fresh tracks.
Have certainly had much better back-country touring & skiing elsewhere in Japan. Touring through the Tree Monster scenery combined with the story of being the lost souls of warriors does makes this experience a MUST at least once!!
As long as you know what to expect, this is a great experience away from the hoards of ‘westerners’ stampeding through the Japan off-piste Pow.

  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

Wow, this was best-value, best japanese. best food hotel in our 2 week ski trip. We stayed here for two nights jn Feb to ski mount hakkoda with Guide Simon. Just getting here in winter is part of the fun (4 busses/day from Aomori station, takes 1 hr and the snow goes from 0 to over 4 meters on the side of the road)... Hotel is situated next To the hakkoda ropeway terminal. Most people come here for active sports, do NOT expect active after ski/nightlife, place is pretty much desterted after 9 but the price js good, rooms (japanese) are nice size, clean and comfy, view is fantastic and the food in the restaurant (set menu, no a la carte) is simple but superb. There is a little shop in the hotel, couple of vensing machines, mostly japanese audience (who were very talkative when we were there). The onsen is nice and big (great view) and the area is great fun to ski for two/theee days.... Absolutely loved it..

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 8 September 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1-58 Arakawa Kansuizawaza, Aomori 030-0111, Aomori Prefecture
Region: Japan > Tohoku > Aomori Prefecture > Aomori
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Ranked #28 of 57 Hotels / Ryokan in Aomori
Price Range: $145 - $323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
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