What kind of onsen ryokan is Kuramure in Otaru?

This is very unique.  The appearance of the buildings is like a Ninja house.   If you are looking for unique modern ryokans in Otaru, Hokkaido, this is one of the best.  This is like a hideaway for adults.  Perhaps, if you love drinking, Kuramure would be perfect.  All beverages including liquors are complimentary, such as local beer, wine, whiskey, brandy, cocktail, gin, sake, shochu, coffee, milk, and fresh juice, etc.  The bar & café is open from 8:00-11:00, 18:00-24:00.  The ambiance would be serene, tranquil, and charming.  Everything, such as architecture, interior, furniture, etc., would be creative, different, and artistic.  The property would be great for couples, solo travelers, family, or small groups.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it would be easy.  Free shuttle service is available from Otaruchikko station at 14:45, 15:45, or 16:45.  You need to book it by one day before the check-in date.  It takes around 15min by car.  FYI, it takes around 40min by train from Sapporo Station to Otaruchikko Station.  It takes around 80min by train from New Chitose Airport.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with views of the river.  You can chill out at a room while viewing a peaceful landscape.  On the other hand, rooms with small inner gardens may give you a sense of oppression.  Overall, it’s darker and the ceiling is low.  It would be a bit hard to read books at night.  The room tends to be not user-friendly, not functional, and not so relaxed.  There was no chair, no sofa, or no something to just sit back in our room.  The owner tends to emphasize a well-designed interior.  Then each room has an indoor private hot spring.  The spring quality was great.  The water temperature tends to be lukewarm. 

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, samue outfits, pajamas, a complimentary mini-bar including beer, bottled water, and a Japanese tea set, etc.  There are BVLGARI amenities in the bathroom.  The Staff top-up complimentary drinks in the fridge if you request.  Room service is not available.  The free WiFi reception was good.  You need to get a password to connect to the internet at the front desk when you check-in.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are indoor and outdoor communal hot springs.  You can enjoy the outdoor baths while hearing white noise from the river.  They are open from 6:00-11:00, 15:00-24:00.  *Please note that if you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public ones.  Then Kuramure is almost universal design.  There is room for wheelchair users.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to stay in a room with a view of the river on 1F.  Then there is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.
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How about meals?

Japanese kaiseki food was good, but wouldn’t be special.  All drinks we ordered during our meals were complimentary.  The staff came to our room and escorted us to the venue for dinner.  All meals are served in a private room.  Dinner starts from 18:00 or 19:00.  *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Then, as far as I know, there is no restaurant around here.  You may want to book a room including meals unless you have a car. 

My impressions

The staff tends to be not sophisticated.  If you expect 5-star hotel service, this is not.  Overall, if you love drinking, Japanese modern art, and way of life, the property would be one of the best choices in Otaru.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Kuramure from the below space.   If you check-in after 19:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.  Check availability and pricing for the property on Agoda

Info about Kuramure

Style Modern Ryokan
Check-in and out times 15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 70,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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Internet Connection Free WiFi in the property
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Kuramure Ryokan’s MAP
Access Free shuttle bus from Otaruchikko station
Need to book it in advance.
Address and TEL 2-685 Asarigawaonsen, Otaru-shi
Hokkaidō 047-0154 
Tel +81 134-51-5151
Official Homepage Kuramure Ryokan’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.