Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza

Lake Akan, Hokkaido, Japan

At a Glance

  • All-suite upscale ryokan with private outdoor onsen

  • Lovely location on Lake Akan with wonderful views

  • Serene, calm and relaxing environment

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Hokkaido is a year-round destination for travellers as its distinct seasons benefit the activities you can do here. The hotter summer months of July and August are perfect for witnessing colourful meadows full of flowers. Winter peaks in January with colder temperatures than the rest of the country, but it is then that the snowy slopes are at their best for skiing. The months of April, May and June are spring-like with pleasant temperatures and long sunny days, which is great for hiking. Autumn arrives early on Hokkaido and by mid-September the famous autumn colours are once again changing the landscape.

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Description

With beautifully-appointed suite accommodation boasting both private outdoor onsen and private multi-course kaiseki dining, Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza offers upscale accommodation on the shores of beautiful Lake Akan.

Set along the shoreline of Lake Akan, surrounded by ancient forest and with views of Mount Oakandake, Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza offers upmarket suite accommodation that skilfully blends Japanese tradition with modern comforts. This is a wonderfully serene and calm environment in which to relax away from the stresses of modern-day life. The elegant interiors are spacious and showcase the work of master wood carver Takeki Fujito, creating a rustic but opulent design.
 
Each suite is individually-furnished and includes a tatami mat room, living room, massage chair, separate bedroom, Western-style bathroom and wooden deck with private onsen, fed from Lake Akan’s natural hot spring. Most suites and decks enjoy glorious lake and mountain views. Amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, air purifier, fridge, kettle, tea set, coffee grinder and maker and minibar.
 
The hotel offers multi-course kaiseki fine dining enjoyed in private dining rooms. Guests can also enjoy boutique saki and a good choice of fine wines. The Za Bar features a counter crafted from a 10-metre long tree trunk and is a lovely location for a relaxing drink. As well as private onsen bathing, there are two shared hot spring baths on the upper floors with fine views of the scenery. Guests can also relax in the Listening Room or Library, book an in-room spa treatment or enjoy exploring the hotel’s onsite art gallery, Komori no Za. For those looking to unwind amid beautiful scenery in style and splendour, Tsruga Besso Hinanoza would be the ideal choice.
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Accommodation

Each of the 25 spacious suites is individually furnished but all feature a private open-air hot spring bath fed from Lake Akan and a wooden deck. The décor blends Japanese design with modern comforts. The en-suite bathrooms are Western-style and furnishings combine tatami mats, massage chairs and low furniture with Western comfort.  Amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, air purifier, fridge, kettle, tea set, coffee grinder and maker and minibar.

Childcare

While there are no specific facilities or childcare available, children are welcome at the hotel.

Facilities

As well as in-room onsen, the hotel has two communal hot spring baths on the upper floor for amazing views of the lake and surrounding scenery. Restaurant HINA offers traditional Japanese multi-course kaiseki cuisine in private dining rooms, while the Za Bar is a lovely spot for a relaxing drink. Boutique saki and fine wines are both available. Other facilities include a Library Corner, Listening Room for music lovers and an art gallery.

Activities

In-room massage and beauty treatments can be arranged, or guests can wander through the art gallery and relax over a book in the library.

Experiences

  • Abashiri City Highlights

    Take a tour of Abashiri City and visit the Okhotsuku Ryuhyo Museum and Prison Museum.

  • Active Winter in Asahidake

    Today, visit Daisetsuzan National Park, one of the largest national parks in Japan, and embark on a light winter snowshoe trek in the park. Finish the day with a tour on the Asahidake ropeway, which provides great views of the scenic winter landscape.

  • Biei Nature Tour - Flower Fields and the Blue Pond

    Drive to Biei and visit the Patchwork Hill and Shikisai Hill, which offers fantastic views of the countryside and various flower fields. After lunch, visit the Blue Pond which is a mesmerising blue colour before hopping on a Norokko Train.

  • Birdlife and Nature in Onuma National Park

    Reconnect with nature as you visit Onuma National Park, known for its bird life and an abundance of diverse vegetation.

  • Boat Ride on Lake Akan

    Take a Boat Tour and enjoy the scenery of the unspoiled lush forest around Lake Akan and the famous Marimo, one of Japan's unique natural wonders.

  • Dynamic Summer tour in Akan

    Start with a visit to Lake Mashu before continuing to a local farm for a hands-on experience of cow milking. Continue to Mt Iou and Sunayu Lake Sussharo before ending with an cultural immersion in the Ainu Kotan.

  • Hakodate Morning Market and the Grand Matsumae

    Today, visit the Morning Market of Hakodate and experience the local life. Continue to Matsumae, a former castle town, where you can take a tour of the town and the grand Matsumae Castle.

  • Half Day Tour of Kushiro

    Today, take a trip to the Hoso'oka Observation deck to view the spectacular Kushiro Marsh before heading to Washo Market that boasts Japan's largest fish catch!

  • Highlights of Sapporo

    Enjoy a Half Day City tour of Sapporo. You will see the Sapporo Clock Tower, Odori Park, the Old Hokkaido Government Building, the viewing point of Okurayama Ski Jump Hill and more.

  • Hiking in Shiretoko National Park

    Enjoy a three hour hike around the Shiretoko Goko Lakes and discover the untouched nature of Shiretoko.

  • Horseback Riding

    Enjoy a leisurely nature tour on a 70-minutes horseback ride through the great outdoors while taking in the beautiful scenery of Abashiri.

  • Insight into Sapporo Beer

    Take a tour of the Sapporo Beer Factory for an insight into beer and brewing.

  • Morning Local Immersion in Rausu

    This morning, explore the local fishing village of Rausu. Enjoy the chance to witness a real fish auction and watch how the locals snap up their deals at the market.

  • Otaru by Rickshaw and Foot

    Explore Otaru by rickshaw and experience the city in a unique way. Afterwards, take a stroll along the Otaru Canal and have a chance to visit the original stone-built warehouses.

  • Refreshing Lake Toya

    Tour Lake Toya. Enjoy great views of the lake and the neighbouring Showa Shinzan at the observation deck of the Usuzan Ropeway. Make a stop at Lake Hill Toya and taste some of the best home-made icecream. Afterwards, proceed to Niseko for a horse-trek.

  • Sushi Making in Yoichi

    Learn how to make sushi by preparing your own sushi rolls for lunch!

  • Tofu Making Class in Honbetsu

    Take a trip to Honbetsu town to learn how to make tofu from soy beans with the local farmers - a wonderfully unique activity.

  • Tokachigawa Winter Dog Sledding

    Get ready for a winter adventure as you try your hand at mushing a team of Alaskan Huskies!

  • Visit to the Akan International Crane Center

    Visit the excellent Akan International Crane Center to observe the beautiful Japanese red-crested cranes.

  • Winter Exploration of Akan

    Discover Eastern Hokkaido as you visit Mt Iou, Lake Mashu, known as the 'foggy lake' and immerse in the culture of the Ainu at the Ainu Kotan.

Holiday Ideas

  • Eastern Hokkaido in Winter

    Abashiri, Shiretoko, Akan, Kushiro

    from £4900 pp inc flights & transfers for 5 nights

    • Experience the wild and pristine beauty of Eastern Hokkaido, an area off the beaten track and less visited.
    • Visit during end January to mid March to see the phenomenon of drift ice in the Okhotsk Sea of Northeastern Hokkaido.
    • Go onboard the Shiretoko Nature Cruise and get the chance to see some rare species of birds or wildlife!

Location & directions

Lake Akan, Hokkaido, Japan

On the shoreline of Lake Akan, the hotel is a five-hour drive from Sapporo airport, or a 90-minute drive from Kushiro Station.

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