Hotel Alpha 1 Tsuyama
190-16 Otani, Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, 708-0882, Japan
Alpha 1 is a hotel chain that can be found throughout Japan in cities and towns that receive slightly less tourists. The Alpha 1 Hotel in Tsuyama is the third Alpha 1 hotel I've stayed at and I must say that I like this chain.
This particular hotel is located right next to Tsuyama Station. The single room was perhaps a bit small, but comfortable. My room faced the train tracks, which was a nice view. The opposite side may have views of Tsuyama Castle. The bed was quite comfortable. The pillow was slightly hard but I had no trouble sleeping. The previous Alpha 1 hotels I stayed at in Yamaguchi Prefecture had the option of using the TV as a computer with internet however, this hotel does not have that service. Instead, you can bring your own laptop and use the internet cable provided.
The ground floor has a restaurant, the Tomato & Onion which serves mostly hamburg and steak meals.
This hotel is slightly cheaper than the other major hotels in the city, but the hotel prices in Tsuyama seem to all be in the same price range, so price is less important in choosing a hotel.
Directions: To the left upon exiting Tsuyama Station.
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While much of Japan's historical sights have been engulfed by Japan's large metropolitan areas, Tsuyama is a more quiet town where you can enjoy the historical sights without the tourist crowds. This is partly because it is in rural Japan, but also because the citizens have taken an interest in their city's history and culture, so they are well-preserved. Because of the history and culture, Tsuyama has been called "Little Kyoto". Joto street and the samurai house are from the feudal Edo Period, the Yayoi village is a recreation of some of the first settlements in Tsuyama (and there is a museum nearby that contains artifacts from the past), Yokono Washi (which is the traditional method of making paper in Tsuyama) still exists in Tsuyama, Kakuzan Park contains the ruins of Tsuyama Castle, Shurakuen Garden has been preserved from the 17th century, and of course there are many temples and shrines, along with many museums, so you can truly learn a lot about Japanese history and experience much of it firsthand!
One of the main reasons why people travel to Japan, is to experience its unique culture and to learn more about its fascinating history. If this is one of your goals, then Tsuyama will not disappoint you! The people of Tsuyama really made my stay there memorable. I lived with a host family for four weeks, and I have since returned to visit them.
Tsuyama: beautiful its own right
OK, so now I feel groundbreaking. I am officially the first person to write about Tsuyama! Tsuyama is the the third largest city in Okayama prefecture in Japan. At first sight it really isn`t the most beautiful of places, but it has a lot of charcter. There are a few cool things to do, and having lived for a year in a small village outside of Tsuyama, it has been my lifeline.
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