Nice public baths
I'm sitting in Arimakan's room 611 as I write this. I didn't think I'd like this hotel at first, but it turned out to be better than I expected. In the more than 20 years I've spent knocking around Japan, this is the first time I've ever seen a hotel I'd consider to be handicapped-friendly. We're travelling with my wife's wheelchair-bound mother, so it was nice to find baths with relatively easy handicapped access.
There are a large variety of baths here, and the hotel rotates male or female accdess to different times of day, so everyone gets a chance to try every bath they have. I have seldom seen a hotsprings with so many choices.
Dinner was huge. The main feature was Yonezawa beef sukiyaki. Watch any cooking show in Japan in which they use only the finest ingredients. If beef is featured, it will be Yonezawa beef, not that stuff from Kobe with the over-inflated reputation.
Breakfast was also huge. I usually leave a hot springs breakfast still hungry. Anyone familiar with breakfast at a Japanese hot spring hotel knows there are alot of slimy, hard to identify bits all over the tray. Arimakan's breakfast had fewer of these than usual (maybe because it's not particularly close to the ocean), and I found enough palatable things to fill me up.
The room had a Western section with two beds, and a Japanese section to spread futons for the rest of the group. Again, perfect for my mother in law, so we could take her out of her chair and put her right into a bed. There were shoji screens to separate the rooms, so she could go to sleep and we could keep a light on in the Japanese room.
There's very little to see in the way of view from this hotel. I do recommend walking to Kaminoyama castle and the former samurai residential district.
Overall, pleasantly surprised and I'd be happy to return.
ครอบครัว - 12 ต.ค. 2010