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Reviewed 5 December 2016

We had just spent 5 days of cycling and walking our butts off in Kyoto and were looking forward to 2 days of onsen bliss and relaxation. Nakanoshima was exactly what we needed and we absolutely loved it!

Before we came to Nakanoshima, I read a lot of the reviews, and now after experiencing the place myself I think its fair to clarify some things.

Yes the decor is 70's/80's and in some areas of the hotel it could do with some repairs, but who cares about that when your beautiful Japanese room overlooks the ocean and you get to relax in one of the most awesome onsens in Japan, overlooking the ocean. I have never been so relaxed in my life!

I read in one of the reviews that they felt their bedding smelt of old cooking oil or something like that. What you're smelling is sulphur, which is what you will smell when you stay at a hot spring, and what your skin will smell like when you soak in an onsen. They likely wash the bedding in the piping hot water too. Did not bother us.

Food: the food is amazing, and you get lots of it! Japanese meal in the evenings, and Japanese as well as Western buffet in the mornings.

Onsens: Amazing!!!! The ladies have 1 indoor hot bath and 2 outdoor hot baths. They are incredible, especially the outdoor onsen on the ground level. The ladies changing room area is large and well equipped with everything you need, including hairbands, creams, brushes etc. The room even has massage chairs, which you can relax and unwind in after a soak (at no cost). The mens area have the same facilities, from what my husband tells me. He loved it! There is a private hot bath you can book for you and your partner/family, but that is an extra cost.

Service: so friendly and helpful! Never had a problem here

Room: Beautiful! Tatami mats were super comfortable, and the rooms are large!

Tip: If you're worried about costs for alcoholic beverages, bring your own for the room. We bought some gin and sochu in a little shop right opposite the ferry stop in the village. We enjoyed two days on our balcony sipping G&T's and enjoying the view. Perfect!

We stayed in building 1, loved it!

Date of stay: November 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Zazabee
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Stayed here one night as a part of a visit to Japan.The hotel bills itself as a ryokan which it is not as it is very large,with some cavernous inside areas and modern but in a great location with great views from the rooms.It has large rooms in a ryokan style but with balconies and we had a great meal in our room.The onsens are great with the water at a nice temparature for outdoors even in October.However beware that the dolphin boat cruises pass by the outdoor onsens ! Staff were pleasant and helpful even though many did not have any English.The strangest thing was that there were two bars which did not open until after 8pm ie after dinner and when we attempted to get one drink were told we had to buy an all inclusive ticket which would get us snacks and unlimited drinks.However we were told by some American guests that you could buy beer from the shop which was open before dinner and sold it at a fraction of the room mini bar price.This really should all be sorted out to provide a decent service to guests.

Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ianmcllondon
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Nice room overlooking a inner part of the sea
But still a bit smokesmelly
The corridors look terrybly dirty stained
Everywhere you smell some smoke
We ask to having dinner at 7.30
Nearly everybody left at 8.00 the place
Lots of noise from cleaners
We had hardly time to finish our costly meal
By the way; the onsen was wonderful

Room tip: Overlooking the sea
Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Quintus V
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a lovely hotel with a fabulous location. We stayed there one night after our Kumodo Kudo walk before heading back to the big cities. The onsens are fantastic, both the indoor and outdoor, and the fact that they are open from really early and stay open till late, is a bonus.
We stayed in Building 1, in a lovely japanese styled room. We had a lovely view towards the town. It was a really good size, and the facilities were good.
We had both dinner and breakfast there, both in the restaurants, although it is possible to have ones meals served to ones room. The meals were both wonderful.
However the reasons why I can only rate this hotel as Good, is that there was a smell of stale japanese food in the room, which did not disappear even when we turned the air con on and opened the windows. It was either in the bedding or in the sleeping mats. It became most unpleasant during the night.
We hoped to sleep with the doors open but the mosquitos were a problem and there were no screens on them meaning that the air con needed to be turned on. However this was not the best option as the air blew down onto our heads which we were not happy with the for entire night. There were no instructions for the air con( and it was a different system to the norm) and we were unable to redirect the air flow.
The result was that we did not have the best of nights.
On top of this, our room was just above the ferry drop off point, and thus we heard the constant noise of the ferry coming and going.

Room tip: Ask for a room away from the front of the hotel. This is probably not in Building 1.
Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank suem030
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

I am so grateful that I randomly found this hotel for my solo trip in Wakayama!

The onsens are perfect - the only setback is that there is no M/F mixed spa so that you cannot enjoy the nice view together with your other half.

Highly recommend you to take a walk to the observation platform - just 10 minutes walk for a marvelous view!

Food is average/ good.

Room tip: Get a room on the higher floors for a better view
Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank CookLight
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