What kind of onsen ryokan is Jozankei Daiichi Hotel Suizantei?
This is a luxury boutique onsen ryokan in Jozankei Onsen, Hokkaido. There are 58 rooms only. If you want to get much of an immersive luxury onsen ryokan experience, I would recommend staying here. The ambiance is serene, tranquil, and elegant. Everything, such as interior, furniture, and decorations tends to be traditional. Perhaps, if relaxation is your main purpose, you should stay here. Once we entered the property, we didn’t feel like going out until check-out time as there were plenty of facilities and services in the property more than we expected. This would be great for couples, families, solo travelers, or groups.
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Is the location easy to access?
Yes, it would be easy. Free shuttle service is available from the front of Showa Building located near Sapporo Station at 14:40 or 17:00. It takes 50min by car. You need to book it in advance. JFYI, it takes 40min by train from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo Station.
Rooms I would recommend?
If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with private hot springs. Others wouldn’t be special. Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you should book a Japanese western room with twin beds. It seems that most of the rooms have twin beds. The room is Japanese minimalistic, functional, and relaxed.
How about toiletries & in-room amenities?
All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, samue outfits, yukatas, tea bags, a coffee machine with capsules, and bottled water, etc. Room service is not available. The free WiFi reception was excellent in the property. I noticed that a PC was placed near the front desk to use someone. Also, this is child-friendly. Staff provides meals, yukatas, and chairs, etc., for small children if you request. They can warm baby food in the microwave if you bring it.
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How about In-house Facilities?
Overall, facilities tend to be a bit outdated, but the housekeeping was good. Then there are indoor and outdoor communal hot springs with saunas and Jacuzzi. Complimentary mint and lemon water are available at the changing rooms. On top of that, there are wonderful indoor and outdoor communal hot springs in the annex too. It costs 500JPY. All of them are open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 AM. Then there are two private family hot springs. They cost 3,000JPY for 40min. Two of them are open for 24H. *If you have tattoos and want to use the communal baths, use the private family ones instead. Then there is a great Japanese-style lounge on 1F. Complimentary croissants, milk, coffee, tea, and yogurt are available from 8:30 to 10:00. Complimentary sweets, coffee, English tea, and orange juice, etc., are available from 12:00 to 17:00. Complimentary Japanese sake is available from 17:00 to 17:30. Complimentary pound cake, plum liquor, and rolled sushi for a night snack are available from 20:00 to 24:00. On top of that, you can use the lounge after checking out. It couldn’t be better. Also, there are a vending machine and a souvenir shop. There is a convenience store within a 15min walk. Then Jozankei Daiichi Hotel Suizantei is an almost universal design. There are two rooms for wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are available for borrowing. Actually there are some steps around the dining area and the communal hot springs area only. If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to book a room with a private hot spring as you wouldn’t need to move around once you enter your room.
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How about meals?
The Japanese kaiseki food experience was wonderful. You can choose either char-grilling seafood in a dining area or Japanese kaiseki cuisine in a private room. I would highly recommend the latter if you want to have dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with dinner if you have any food allergies. They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day. *You need to check-in by 19:30 if you have dinner on the property. Then buffet-style local cuisine for breakfast was good. The buffet was not so extensive, though. The breakfast is from 7:00 to 9:00. Then, as far as I know, there wouldn’t be nice restaurants around there. You may want to book a room including meals.
Overall the price range would be reasonable. The staff tends to be patchy. It seems that they are so busy. There may be a shortage of staff during the busy season. The ryokan is one of very popular in Jozankei Onsen. You may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday. Have a nice trip! Welcome to receive any questions about Jozankei Daiichi Hotel Suizantei from the below space. *If you check-in after 18:00, you need to inform the staff in advance. Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Booking.com or Agoda
Info about Jozankei Daiichi Hotel Suizantei
|Style||Luxury Onsen Ryokan|
|Check-in and out times
|Estimated Price||40,000 JPY for 2 adults per room|
|Contact||011-598-2141 from domestic
+81 11-598-2141 from overseas
|Internet Connection||Free WiFi in the hotel|
|Facility Information||Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
|Location||Jozankei Daiichi Hotel Suizantei’s MAP|
|Access||Free shuttle bus from the front of Showa building
Need to book in advance upon request.
|Address and TEL||
|Official Homepage||Jozankei Daiichi Hotel Suizantei’s HP
*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.