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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The arrival at the hotel is not the best part. You receive preliminary information to park your car quite far from the hotel in a reserved car park. From there, a small shuttle bus, not really convenient if you have large baggages (which was our case since it was a 1-night stop along our 3-weeks journey in Japan), brings you to the Katsuraa port. From there, you take the hotel ferry to get you to the other side of the bay to the hotel.

The resort is spread among many different buildings, linked by long corridors full of shops or karaoke rooms. But it is very easy to find your way, lots of directions are available including colored paths on the ground, even though we did not spot any other foreign visitors in the hotel.

You have access to seven different onsens (traditional Japanese hotspring baths), two of them settled in natural caves facing the ocean, really breathtaking!

The food is decent, presented in a buffet formula with usual Japanese food and some western options. The atmosphere is not very nice, closer to a cafeteria that a restaurant, very noisy.

The room was large and very nice, with a magnificent view on the ocean. And really clean.

An unusual but nice stay for us.

Date of stay: August 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Djaidje_31600
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

Although not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for. I opted to upgrade to the "Sanjokan" building, which is on top of the mountain overlooking the ocean. The view was unreal.

Dinner was buffet style and quite good. The onsens were not crowded and easily accessed. Wish I could have stayed more than one night.

Room tip: Sanjokan is more expensive, but worth it if you want a breathtaking view.
Date of stay: May 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Benjiro N
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

I joined a tour and stayed in this hotel.
It is a huge hotel as distance wise. You need to take a boat to go to the hotel that is only few minutes from the harbor.

There are 6 hot springs which you have to find.
You need to follow the line to get the baths and your room which line color of blue, yellow, red....I do not remember the exact color, though.

The view from my room was great, just in front of the sea.
Dinner buffet was enormous, you can eat forever.

The hotel needs to be updated, because the style is very old fashion.
If you want to enjoy 6 kinds of hot springs and one of which has in cave,
it could be interesting.

Room tip: sea view and close to hot spring
Date of stay: December 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank annadiving
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

This is the real deal Japanese family onsen resort. If you play Kairosoft games, this is Hot Spring Story in real life. It is a giant hot spring resort on an island with all the related entertainments, i.e. ping pong tables, arcade, massage chairs, food joints (yes, there are various f&b in the resort itself), and souvenirs shop.

The resort consist of 3-4 hotels on the island, and the 7 hot springs are distributed across the island. You can get a map and collect all 6 stamps (there are 2 hot springs that are exclusively either for men or women) from visiting the hot springs to exchange for a lucky dip.

This hotels caters mainly to Japanese, hence do not expect much foreign language assistance, but English signages are readily visible. To those used to modern hotels, this will be like a throw back to the past, but all the amenities are there, except Wifi.

Free wifi is available at the lobbies, but allows only 15 minutes sessions up to 10 sessions a day (Wakayama Free Wifi). But hey, you're supposed to be here to get away from it all, right?

Room tip: Get a room away from the lobby for more quiet, but rooms right beside the lobby can get wifi connection in the room.
Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank simyen
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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

This giant hotel complex is in a relatively remote location for Japan-- about 4hrs from Osaka or 3-1/2 hrs from Nagoya on the limited express trains. But, the trains run along the coast of the Kii peninsula, so very scenic. The draw of this Ryokan are the onsen baths. There are 7 in all, though one was closed when we stayed. The star is Boukido, in a cave open to the ocean. There appears to be a large side and small side, and the male and female sides switch with some regularity. The larger side had 6 pools of varying temperatures; the one closest to the crashing waves was somewhat cooler, so you can hang out and be mesmerized by the spectacle. The other baths each have their own charms. We enjoyed the sunrise over the Pacific from the Youhou bath on top of the cliff. The outdoor baths there were tiny, with a larger indoor pool.

The room was a good-sized tatami room (10 mats) with an additional little sitting area in front of the window. Although it technically was a smoking room, we didn't detect any stale cigarette odor anywhere, including the bedding.

Food was above average for a hotel of this size. Not only the super fresh maguro (tuna), but lots of other fresh seafood in the buffet-- amaebi (sweet shrimp), regular shrimp, clams, oysters, several kinds of fish. Grilled and tempura as well as raw. Fresh fruit at breakfast, as well as the usual Western & Japanese choices.

The Honkan (main building) is definitely old, but well maintained. Wifi in the lobby, and at least on our floor, in the area just by the elevator. But why spend time surfing when the onsen are open?

Date of stay: March 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank pepeanddizzy
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