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Reviewed 26 November 2017

My wife and I stayed at this Hotel/Ryokan for 2 nights in mid-November, 2017. The Japanese-style bedroom is large, comfortable and with a great view of the sea. The Front Desk and the Restaurant’s service staffs were courteous.

The breakfast and dinner buffet were quite substantial, and the Restaurant too was excellent although pricey. Hot spring bath facilities were excellent and offered unique "open" cave onsen experience that opens into the sea.

However, the hotel is not located in a convenient location unless you arrive with a tour group or drive there yourself.

I'd recommend this as a good-value hotel in a nice, relaxing location.

Room tip: all rooms have excellent sea-view
Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank jimmyangkh
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We had 2 nights at Hotel Urashima and it was madder than 2 hatters at a tea party.

The hotel is MASSIVE and as our stay coincided with a weekend, it was absolutely heaving with domestic Japanese tourists. Big with extended families with young children, this is not the place for an intimate getaway. People seemed to be busy eating and shopping and onsen-ing all the time. We planned on an early start on our final morning, so went to the cave onsen for a wash - it was 5.30am, not even sunrise and already busy with bathers!

There are 4 major onsens, 2 of which are in sea caves and apparently there are even private sea caves that can be booked - which I didn't know about until I read some other reviews here in Tripadvisor. Rooms have no en suite bathrooms/showers, so your only way to wash is in the public baths.

Also note that Hotel Urashima's baths are open to the public at certain times of the day, so day trippers add to the numbers.

Our booking came with breakfast and dinners, but after our first night at the buffet-style feeding troughs, we couldn't bear another night of mayhem so went to the "mainland" - the town of Nachi Katsuura for the best meal of our trip. All was much calmer there.

Hotel Urashima is so large, it's almost like a city in itself with its own shops - lots of supermarkets and other restaurants. A long corridor leading to the cave onsens on the other side of the hotel had Karaoke cabins and games rooms.

Don't forget to take the long escalator up to the top of the island where the most exclusive rooms are - it's also where there is a shrine and garden with the most amazing views of the surrounding islands. The sea here is exceptionally pristine - not a scrap of rubbish in the harbour. It was breathtaking.

Nachi Katsuura, the port town, is a major tuna import hub but this region is also a major hub for whale meat too - we spotted quite a few whale products in the shops.

Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank explrdvr37
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Nice place to stay after we had stayed in some really grotty places while doing the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage. You have to get a cute ferry over, only takes a few mins. It’s a large hotel with shops and onsens. The dinner and breakfast buffets were really good, at dinner there was a guy theatrically chopping up a big tuna which made for a good show. Breakfast has western style breakfast food like cereal, toast, yoghurt and fruit which was very welcome, as well as Japanese items too. Rooms are nice and staff are very polite and helpful. We were able to leave our luggage free of charge after we checked out so we could explore the town before our evening train out, which was great. Would recommend.

Date of stay: November 2017
Thank Charisma89
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We spent one night in Urashima. The hotel is old, but huge and the services are well.
The dinner was excellent. Whole tuna fish was cutted in live.
You can see the sunrise and sunset on top building viewpoint. Unfortunately there are not Wifi in rooms, just in the Lobby and the elavator area.
There are more onsens in hotel that clean and nice.

Date of stay: November 2017
Thank gabors45
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Hotel Urashima is a nice hotel with four nice onsens. One of the onsens is located in a cave and has a great view of the ocean. If you enjoy hot springs and onsens, you will really enjoy your stay. I highly recommend renting a private onsen. It was about 3000 yen for one hour, and you have an onsen with an ocean view all to yourself.

The hotel room was pretty nice, quite spacious compared to other rooms in Japan. The hotel room had a view of the bay, and was a traditional Japanese style room with sliding doors and tatami floors. The beds were hard but I slept well on them. The hotel staff was very helpful.

The ferry was running all the time, which conflicts with other travelers' accounts. I couldn't translate the Japanese sign but maybe they take it down for maintenance at times. They could make the ferry schedule less confusing.

Overall, it was a nice stay and I would recommend it!

Date of stay: October 2017
Thank ouwxman
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