Hoshino Resort KAI Tsugaru
At a Glance
Enjoy a taste of Japanese culture with hot spring bathing and kaiseki dining
Both Japanese and Western-style accommodation available
Daily lute concerts for guests to enjoy
Best time to Visit
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The best and most popular times to visit Japan are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in early April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Of course, you can visit Japan anytime although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.
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Immerse yourself in local culture, artworks and elegant architecture at the boutique ryokan KAI Tsugaru, where you can enjoy apple-scented hot spring bathing, kaiseki dining and traditional Shamisen lute concerts.
A member of the KAI franchise of deluxe boutique hot spring ryokans, KAI Tsugaru is located in the Owani Onsen district known for its wonderful hot springs. The hotel showcases traditional Japanese architecture, regional artisan craftsmanship and artwork, creating an authentic and elegant ambience and providing guests with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture. Guests can choose from Western-style or Japanese-style rooms, enjoy hot spring bathing in the beautiful shared baths or private baths, dine on accomplished multi-course kaiseki dishes and enjoy daily Shamisen lute concerts. Just 50-minutes by train from Aomori Airport, the hotel offers a free shuttle from JR Owani-Onsen Station.There are 41 traditionally-furnished and generously-sized rooms offering both Western and Japanese-style designs. Other options include a separate living area and private outdoor hot spring bath. The KAI Signature Rooms incorporate regional craftwork displaying the Tsugaru needlework of contemporary artist Iemasa Yamabata. Standard amenities include linen Yukata robe, wrapping cloth bag, Wi-Fi, en-suite bathroom, TV, kettle, fridge, safe and hair dryer. There is an excellent onsite restaurant where traditional Japanese breakfast and multi-course kaiseki meals are served created from the freshest local ingredients. The accommodation is on a half-board basis and please note that no Western food is available. The shared hot spring baths have floor-to-ceiling windows offering glorious views of the natural scenery, while the Yuagari Lounge is your next stop where you can relax over a complimentary local drink, like burdock tea or an apple cider vinegar drink. The hotel also organises daily concerts featuring the Tsugaru Shamisen lute performed by professional musicians. For those looking to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, a stay at KAI Tsugaru will be a highlight of your trip.
There are 41 rooms with a choice of Western or Japanese-style accommodation. All are spacious and elegantly furnished and some offer a separate living area, while others include a private outdoor hot spring bath. Signature Rooms include artisan needlework and luxury mattresses.
Children are welcome at the hotel although there are no specific childcare facilities available.
The cypress-lined hot spring baths enjoy mesmerising views of the surrounding natural landscape. Once you have finished bathing, the Yuagari Lounge is a lovely place to relax and enjoy a local drink, such as burdock tea or an apple cider vinegar drink.
Each day guests are treated to a concert featuring a local instrument, the Shamisen lute, played by the nationally celebrated Kohei Shibuya and his retinue of musicians.
Aomori City Tour
Discover Aomori and visit the unique Nebuta House Warasse Museum, the local Furukawa Market and the Aomori Museum of Art. End your day in the Sannai Maruyama Ruins.
Beauty of Hakkoda and Lake Towada
Revel in the stunning natural beauty of Hakkoda and Lake Towada. Take the Hakkoda Ropeway and try an easy circular hike for a stunning view. Go on a cruise in Lake Towada before an active afternoon trekking along the beautiful river valley, Oirase Gorge.
Cherry Blossom - Ashino Park and Apple Farm Visit
During the Sakura season, make a trip to Ashino Park where it is famed for its spectacular picture of the cherry blossoms. Make a trip to an apple farm and understand the huge apple industry of Aomori.
Cherry Blossom Fever in Hirosaki
Enjoy a full day at Hirosaki. Head to the beautiful Hirosaki Park and Castle, nestled amongst thousands of sakura trees. Enjoy a picnic lunch then take a walk at Fujita-Kinen Teien gardens. Proceed to Mt Iwaki and admire the scenery along the 7.3km trail.
Scenic Exploration and Apple Farm Visit
Today, visit Shirakami Sanchi, a UNESCO site and forested natural treasure with amazing scenery. Make a trip an apple farm and if the season is right, try your hand at apple picking and taste the sweet, juicy apples!
Location & directions
The ryokan is only 7-minutes from the JR Owani-Onsen Station, where a free shuttle is available to transfer guests to the hotel. Hirosaki Castle is a 35-minute drive away, while Lake Towada is an 80-minute drive.
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