Akiu Onsen, located on the upper stream of the Natori River, boast a long history dating from the 6th century. The clear spring water here has no noticeable odor and is said to be a curative for arthritis and muscle pains. The main attractions around this town include a gorge with carved-out rocks, a forest park with many pleasant trails and a museum dedicated to kaleidoscopes.
Purposeelderly,family,winter in Japan,hot springs,secret hot spring
Airport/Sta.Sendai Airport (about 20.9km) Google Transit
3.03 months ago
Decent place. Was rather expensive for what you got. Traditional style rooms, probably the worst breakfast I've had, and typical overprice meals. Very little English communication, but was still doable. The onsen, or bathing area, was really nice. But I went to better ones in the big city. Not much to do around the hotel either. But that may have been due to poor planning.
5.02 months ago
Loved our experience here, despite smokers in the hallway (of a non-smoking floor). The fancy bar was closed while we were there (assume off-season), but the karaoke and izakaya were open and lovely. Do try the house sake from the izakaya, truly great. The set meals, both dinner and breakfast were also amazing. Onsens were great and staff were very accommodating, despite the language barrier.
1.0a year ago
I have lived this hotel for one night. After check-out I was eating some snacks in the lobby and waiting for hotel shuttle bus back to Sendai(仙台) station, a few minutes later just an old-female staff(seems like manager) came over and said "you aren't allowed to eat here", spoken in an impolite way of Japanese making me embarrassed and uncomfortable. However, there was no any sign to prohibit eating in the hotel lobby, how could the staff speak to a customer like that at the beginning?
By the way, I have a lot of experience living in high-quality onsen hotels, but this is the only one which gives only one room key for two guests. I don't believe that is the service of 400 years historical hotel.
5.0a year ago
Extraordinary service. I forgot my kindle and they sent it to me. Nicest thing a hotel has done for me :)
4.011 months ago
It is a good hot spring.