Trains are few and far in between to Aizuwakamatsu and it was particularly difficult to get to the hotel due to poor information from the tourism office at the station. A taxi is a better option than the loop bus.
Like many of the hotels in this area, this mid-rise hotel with rooms overlooking the distant hills or car park, probably had its hey day in the 1980s.
Although the public spaces - reception/ lobby and dining room were refreshed, the bedroom, bathroom and corridors were tired and old.
I booked a Japanese style room. It had a bathroom, toilet and sitting area. The room overlooked rather unappealing roof tops below and across to the distant hills.
The two onsens were fine, nothing spectacular or amazing.
Served in a lovely dining room, the kaiseki dinner was good and so was the sake. Breakfast was Viking style. I can’t remember if I upgraded the dinner or not.
I appreciated the one and only smiling and helpful staff who did the check in and later served in the dining room. The hotel was very quiet and solemn before and after dinner and there was no life or activity in the lobby or bar.
The one night stay was the right decision. There was nothing to see or do in Higashiyama Onsen which was devoid of people and life.
I prefer more cheerful places.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking