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Takinoya

Sophisticated onsen ryokan near Hokkaido's best thermal waters

Set among the dense woodlands of Noboriribetsu and with the Jigokudani Hell Valley volcanic hot springs within walking distance, Takinoya really couldn’t be in a more mesmerizing location. Rooms look outward onto forested areas to encourage contemplation: winter brings an ethereal serenity, while fall sees the ryokan's Japanese garden awash in autumn colors.
The inn draws upon Jigokudani to pipe in thermal waters of varying mineral content, alkalinity, and acidity. Guests can bathe communally in the Kumoi no Yu fifth floor bath, or choose from indoor or outdoor settings at the Chien no Yu bath on the ground floor. Guests may also bathe in a "rotenburo"—al fresco-style bath—if staying in either the D or DW suites. These premium accommodations are the most spacious of Takinoya's offerings. The former is a tasteful hybrid of traditional interiors and Western and "Japonesque" bedding and furniture styles. Guest meals, however, are resolutely Japanese in their focus. "Kaiseki" degustation meals are devoutly seasonal, artfully plated and made using local ingredients. Service at Takinoya is astute but never obtrusive, in keeping with Japan's omotenashi hospitality. The inn proprietors, the Suga family, have operated Takinoya since it first opened in 1918.
162 Noboribetsuonsen-machi, Noboribetsu-shi, Hokkaido

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