Ryotei Hanayura

Ryotei Hanayura

What kind of onsen ryokan is Ryotei Hanayura?

This is not luxurious, but it’s truly relaxing.  If you are looking for typical onsen ryokans in Noboribetsu Onsen, this is one of the best.  Perhaps if you are a hot spring freak, the ryokan would be one of the most suitable places.  There are amazing large indoor and outdoor communal hot springs.  On the other hand, if you are looking for modern ryokans, this is not.  The ambiance is family-oriented, lively, and tranquil.  Ryotei Hanayura would be great for family, groups, or couples, but not solo travelers.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, would be easy.  The location is a 10min-walk from Noboribetsu Onsen Bus Terminal.  A free shuttle service is not available.  When you go to Noboribetsu Onsen, you may want to take a Donan Bus from New Chitose Airport.  It takes approx. 75min.  Alternatively, you can take a shuttle bus from Sapporo TV Tower in Sapporo city at 13:15   It takes 100min.  You need to book it in advance by E-Mail yoyaku@tohoresort.com  First come, first served.  You need to pay a bus fare when you check out at the ryokan.  It costs JPY1,000 for a one-way ticket.  Then don’t take a public bus from Noboribetsu Station.  You may have to make a long line to get on a bus.  When we were around there, there was no taxi waiting in front of the station.  On top of that, if you visit Hokkaido in the winter season, you may have to wait for a long time in the cold.  That’s too bad.  Also, I wouldn’t recommend driving a car due to heavy snow.  Let’s use public transportation or shuttle service during the winter season in Hokkaido.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with private outdoor hot springs in milk-white color.  The spring quality is one of the best in Japan.  It’s very thick, creamy, and moist.  We spent a lot of time jumping in and out of our private one until check-out time.  The room tends to be outdated, but well-maintained, clean, and cozy.  The décor is Japanese minimalistic.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you may want to book Japanese western-style rooms with twin beds.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, bathrobes, a green tea set, a coffee machine with capsules, bottled water, dorayaki cakes, and tea bags, etc.  Room service is not available.  Complimentary soft drinks were available at the lounge.  Free Wifi reception was good in the property.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff provides meals, tableware, and yukatas for small children if you request in advance.
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How about In-house Facilities?

There are wonderful indoor and outdoor communal hot springs.  All of them are open from 14:00-9:00 the following morning.  *Please note that if you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal ones.  You may want to book a room with a private outdoor hot spring.  Then there is a convenience store nearby.  There is a vending machine for drinks in-house.   Ryotei Hanayura is an almost universal design.  A wheelchair is available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.
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How about meals?

The kaiseki food experience was wonderful.  The portion tends to be small, though.  The dinner was served in a private room.  *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 buffet-style Japanese cuisine for breakfast was great, especially fresh seafood.  The breakfast is served in a dining area.  Then, as far as I know, there is no nice restaurant around here.  Local papa-mama shops are closing early.  You may want to book a room with meals. 

My impressions

All staff tends to be very warm, helpful, and attentive, but I noticed that there was a shortage of staff during the busy season.  Overall, the onsen ryokan has good value for money if compared to others in Noboribetsu Onsen.  At last, the property is very popular all year round.  If you want to chill out here in a tranquil atmosphere, 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 Ryotei Hanayura from the below space.   Check availability and pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Ryotei Hanayura

Style Typical Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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Internet Connection Free WiFi at the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Ryotei Hanayura’s MAP
Access Shuttle bus from Sapporo TV Tower
Donan Bus from New Chitose Airport
15min by taxi or bus from Noboribetsu Station
Address and TEL 100 Noboribetsuonsencho, Noboribetsu
Hokkaido 059-0551 
Tel +81 143-84-2322
Official Homepage Ryotei Hanayura’s HP  *Japanese Only

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