Yunokawa Prince Nagisatei

1-2-25 Yunokawa-cho Hakodate-shi, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 042-0932, Japan

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    Room with a private onsen


    Let's start by saying that this hotel was quite a bit outside our normal budget of about 10,000 a night. We booked a 14m2 Japanese room with an open air bath for the Friday after Golden Week and paid around 17,000 yen per person (so 34,000 yen for that one night). Had we shown up a week later, this same room would have been 13,000 or 14,000 yen per person. That said, if you wanted a room with a full dinner and a private bath in the Noboribetsu region, it would cost way more than that, so that's why we did our onsen experience in Hakodate instead.

    We arrived in Hakodate at around 1:30pm and took the airport bus to the hotel. The airport bus timetable is timed with the arrival of the planes, so make sure you get to the bus stop within 30 minutes of arrival or you could find yourself stranded there for a couple of hours. Just let the bus driver know you want to stop at Yunokawa. The hotel is the last of 3 or 4 tall buildings near the bus stop.

    The staff at check-in was very helpful. He did not speak much English, but they have translated cards that basically explained the whole check-in process, so between those and some sign language, we were able to leave our bags with him and arranged for dinner. You could have dinner anytime between 5 and 8, I think. We picked 7pm.

    The hotel is about a 8 to 10 minute walk to the Yunokawa Onsen tram station. There is also a bus stop right at the hotel. The bus stop to the train station is a few houses south of the hotel while the bus stop to the other direction is directly across the street.

    We went back to check in at 6:45pm and were asked to sit at the lobby and wait. There was a large tour group there, so the staff handed us our welcome drinks (selected from a menu) and we waited for someone to show us to our room. Since we already went through the check-in and etiquette earlier, we were led straight to our rooms, where our bags were waiting. The room was much bigger than I expected and our outdoor stone bath had a great view of the ocean and the sun setting on Mount Hakodate.

    We were kind of late for our 7pm dinner, so we quickly changed into the hotel yukata and slippers and went to the 1/F restaurant. Oh, one of the etiquette was that we had to wear the yukata while inside the hotel. We picked the Japanese banquet (kaiseki?) and were led to a private room and presented with our meal. It was a very big dinner with about 12 courses. I will list the dishes when I find the menu but it included (but not limited to) sashimi, soup, crab legs, fish, and dessert. The food was really good and fresh.

    After dinner, we went back to our rooms to try out the onsen. Well, we were a bit shy about using the public onsen, which was one of the reasons why we picked this hotel with the private hot spring bath. The Yunokawa onsen is not the sulphuric type like in Noboribetsu. It was warm and soothing and we did feel our tiredness melt away. You are only supposed to soak a maximum of 3 times each day according to the information sheet, so we did exactly that. We did make sure we had another 3 soaks the next morning. It was a new day after all!

    The tatami mattresses were tempur mattresses, so they were quite comfortable. The hotel also supplied a sleeping yukata and a hygiene set (toothbrushes etc), so you technically don't have to bring any toiletries with you. There was also a fridge in the room, so we could keep our mini cheesecakes cooled.

    The breakfast buffet was on the ground floor and had a lot of choices. There were sashimi, dumplings, meats, breads, continental breakfast and a lot of drinks. You could easily eat enough for lunch there. I liked the crab dumplings and the sashimi rice the most.

    I think this hotel is a good alternative for those visiting Hokkaido, want a hot spring experience in private. There are other ryokans with much nicer decorated outdoor onsen, but the price tag is also much higher.

    Unique Quality: Private, outdoor hot spring bath (onsen) in most rooms.
    Good dinner and breakfast.

    Directions: Yunokawa Onsen area, next to the sea

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Hakodate - The Million-Dollar Night Scene

by chatterley

"We came for the Night-Scene, and..."

we got more than what we bargained for! Admiring the night-scene of Hakodate (touted as one of the top 3 in the world, besides Hong Kong and Napoli) on Mt Hakodate was an absolutely romantic and beautiful experience. The downside was the weather - it was extremely cold and windy, and we couldn't endure being out there in the wind for more than a few minutes.

Although the snow could be a bit annoying and made our travel a tad inconvenient, it was a special experience to see the sights and attractions covered under a thick white blanket. Undaunted by the weather, we soldiered on, slipped and fell on the road a couple of times, hid inside restaurants and cafes and enjoyed hot coffee or shio ramen when it got too cold, and eventually did manage to see quite a bit of Hakodate.

"What we saw..."

These were some of the places we visited:

Old Public Hall (see picture),
Hachiman-zaka slope,
Goryokaku and the Tower,
Hakodate Bay,
Episcopal Church,
Russian Orthodox Church,
Waterfront Warehouses etc

In my opinion, the "must-see" is definitely the night scene on top of Mt Hakodate.

"Food Glorious Food..."

We LOVED the food in Hakodate! Our 2-night stay in the hotel (Japanese-style) included breakfast and dinner. We did not expect to see 10 dishes per person for the dinner! Dinner on first evening (for one person) included 1 hairy crab, abalone and other seafood in a steamboat, fresh assortment of sashimi etc! On day 2, dinner consisted of shrimp sashimi, tempura, uni in steamboat, beef stew, scallop etc. Heavenly delights!

We also tried the famous shio ramen (the hot soup and noodles made us feel warm and good on a cold cold snowing day), the crab feet+uni+salmon roe don, etc.

Would love to go back to Hakodate... just for the food again!


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Address: 1-2-25 Yunokawa-cho Hakodate-shi, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 042-0932, Japan