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162 Noboribetsu Onsen, Noboribetsu 059-0551 Hokkaido
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#2 of 20 hotels in Noboribetsu
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See why so many travellers make Takinoya their onsen hotel of choice when visiting Noboribetsu. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a luxury setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

While staying at Takinoya, visitors can check out Symbol Oni (0.1 mi) and Enmado (0.1 mi), some of Noboribetsu's top attractions.

Rooms at Takinoya Hotel offer a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a minibar providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi.

A concierge is one of the conveniences offered at this onsen hotel. A hot tub and a lounge will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Takinoya Hotel, free parking is available.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Milky House, which is a cafe that is popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

During your visit, be sure to check out popular attractions like Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath (0.6 mi), Oyunuma (0.7 mi), and Sengen Park (0.1 mi), which are all within walking distance of the onsen hotel.

At Takinoya, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Noboribetsu.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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KI-NRT wrote a review Oct 2020
San Jose, California1369 contributions268 helpful votes
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Given that Takinoya is widely regarded as not only the top luxury ryokan in Noboribetsu but one of the best in all of Hokkaido, and considering what they charge for the privilege of staying there, we went in expecting a sublime overall experience. While we had a good stay, it wasn't a perfect or even a particularly memorable one. Hokkaido is on of the world's top seafood locales (if not the best), and we were looking forward to trying out what Takinoya would cook up - especially since we've been to (and dined at) awesome places in Hokkaido before that were far less expensive. On the food front, Takinoya did not stand out from the pack. It was good... some of it great... but the seafood did not strike us as being out of the ordinary (by Hokkaido standards, mind you.) Some of them were surprisingly mediocre, such as the Buri (Japanese Amberjack), which is a wonderfully flavorful (and fully of umami-laden and healthy fish fat/oil), which almost felt like it came to us previously frozen (and not fresh.) And apart from a few minor novelties (foam soy sauce, which was actually pretty good), the creativity of the cuisine was also lacking. We were sorely disappointed that Uni (Sea Urchin) was nowhere to be found for the two nights we were at Takinoya. Hokkaido is considered THE best place in the world for top-notch Uni, and it was not served to us once. The property itself is located just steps away from Jigokudani (地獄谷 - Hell's Valley), the top destination in the area, along with Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼), Oku no Yu (奥の湯) & Oyunumagawa Natural Foot Bath (大湯沼川天然足湯), which are also close by (and worth the hike to get there on foot if you have the time and energy - the hiking is very nice. While Takinoya's property grounds are not as expansive as some other world-class ryokans in Japan, what's there is pretty nice.... There's just not enough of it to occupy more than 10-15 minutes of one's time in the garden. We stayed in a "Japanese Suite DW"-type room, which is a hybrid Western & Japanese suite that features both a dining room with table and chairs, a Japanese style room, as well as a bedroom with real Western beds. It was reasonably spacious by Suite standards at 92m². Curiously, Takinoya does not have a Presidential Suite (or equivalent) type of room for those that want the ultimate bling factor. Either way, the DW-type Suite should satisfy even the most demanding luxury traveller, unless they're sharing the room with a ton of family members or friends. One highlight of Takinoya (and Noboribetsu in general) has to do with the quality of the onsen (hot springs water.) It smells like onsen - as soon as you're in the vicinity of Noboribetsu, you really can smell the sulfur of the hot springs. This is also true of the natural onsen water that was fed directly into our in-room open-air onsen bath. I'm not sure of its health benefits, but either way, you definitely won't feel cheated like at some ryokans in other places that mix the onsen water with normal water (or include additives to the onsen water.) Service overall was a mixed bag. At such a highly rated and expensive establishment at Takinoya, you kind of expect the vaunted "Omotenashi" hospitality that Japan is known for, especially in top ryokans. Sadly, at Takinoya this wasn't the case. Meals were served in our own room (which we really like), but our butleress(?), while not rude in any way, was robotic and formulaic in her approach. She said most of the right things, but did it in a way that displayed experience rather than genuine warmth. She fell down in two ways... 1) When she came into our dining area to set up the table for dinner, I asked her to set it up in the Japanese area (we like sitting on the floor when having kaiseki cuisine), to which she stoically said "that is not possible." Umm, okay. Later in the meal, while I was setting up the dishes in a way that would make for a great meal photo, she commented that a particular dish should not be placed where it is. The dish in question was quite large and tall, and given where the tripod was set up, the dish would have blocked the view of the smaller dishes behind it. Even after telling her that, she said that it's not how it's done in Japan. Maybe she felt more comfortable in telling me that because I am of Japanese descent and am fluent in the language. Either way.... to me, it was really snide and petty of her to behave in that manner. The second "Omotenashi" shortcoming had to do with our desire to visit the museum in the newly-opened Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park (ウポポイ民族共生象徴空間.) It's a large, beautiful and amazingly appropriate place to preserve and demonstrate the Ainu culture and history, but we were unaware of it since it was new and I generally research things on English sites (even then, not many Japanese knew about it.) What made things worse was the limit they were placing on the number of visitors to the museum due to COVID-19 - it was advance online reservation only. I asked the staff at the front desk whether there was anything they could do to help us get a reservation over the next two days, and they immediately said "no, you'll have to look it up and reserve on your own." Now, it might be asking too much for staff members at a small ryokan to pull some strings, but at least they could've shown a bit more interest in our time in Noboribetsu, and maybe do some research on their side? It turned out okay for us at the end (no thanks to Takinoya) - while we were unable to tour the museum, many of the other attractions Upopoy were open to the public, and we were able to see two performances, see a re-creation of a traditional Ainu village and see some demonstrations of the old Ainu way of life. Overall, we had a great time in Noboribetsu. And we had a comfortable stay at Takinoya. However, I wouldn't say that Takinoya itself was a notable highlight, especially given our sky-high expectations.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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USExpat wrote a review Jul 2020
Kobe, Japan12 contributions2 helpful votes
What an amazing stay! The service and standards at Takinoya were fabulous. Unassuming from the outside, the interior of the hotel and our room were zen and calming with contemporary luxury. The private onsen was perfect and the kaiseki dinner an experience. Delicious food served privately in our personal dining room. This hotel is worth every yen!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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BRSflyer wrote a review Feb 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom287 contributions57 helpful votes
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Takinoya gets it right on every level. Unassuming from the outside, the inside is a perfect mix of contemporary understated luxury. The doorman greets you, takes your bags, and radios ahead to the front desk, where you're greeted by name. A brief overview of the facilities includes guidelines about the public bathing facilities, along with the correct protocol for using them. Unfortunately a number of guests (not from Japan, but another country in Asia) completely ignored the rules, entering the baths without washing themselves, using mobile phones to play games and watch videos in the relaxation areas, etc. Perhaps the hotel should consider monitoring the area more closely. We booked a Japanese DW suite that included a private outdoor hot spring bath looking out onto the snow covered gardens, which was magical. We also made use of the public baths, which included both indoor and outdoor examples, with varying temperatures and mineral content. Dinner and breakfast are included in the room rate. Guests who book suites take their meals in their private dining room, and the food was superb, both in presentation and taste. We lost track of how many small portions we ate, but it was between 15 and 20. We spent all our time in the suite but there is a large living room with a fireplace and a bar on the ground floor open to all guests. Takinoya is a superb choice in Noboribetsu Onsen.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kai Hang wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia7 contributions2 helpful votes
Extremely expensive but pretty worth it. I stayed in a room with my own private Onsen and it was the highlight of my trip in Hokkaido. I was able to see deer and raccoons from my Onsen as it overlooks the mountain. The food is amazing but for me the food wasn’t enough. Overall a great place to stay in if you have a big budget
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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GIllIanSG wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore, Singapore131 contributions19 helpful votes
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It is a high quality stay, right from Onsen, Kaiseki dinner, interior decoration of the bedroom and lounge, the garden, and even the lift is laid with tatami! There are only 30 guest rooms so it’s quiet and I don’t see any kids running around. I truly enjoyed the Onsen which looks milky white as if I was soaking in Hokkaido milk! The open air Onsen on the top floor was awesome! I had the whole pool by myself when I went near midnight. The staff are attentive and friendly. Metsugi was the made-in-Hokkaido young chap who speaks fluent English and professionally run through each item of our Kaiseki dinner in great details, that helped us to appreciate the ingredients and the preparation of the 2.5hrs dinner in the cozy private room. I’ll highly recommend a one night stay in Takinoya if you have the budget. You will not regret it. The location is strategic and accessible via train/bus but we decided to drive for the flexibility of covering the area. I am super impressed by Takinoya!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$574 - US$1,095 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Takinoya
Which popular attractions are close to Takinoya?
Nearby attractions include Sengen Park (0.2 km), Oku no Yu (0.4 km), and Enmado (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Takinoya?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Takinoya?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Takinoya?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Takinoya?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Takinoya?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sobadokorofukuan, Sugiyohoen Noboribetsu, and Milky House.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Takinoya?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Takinoya?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Natazukuri Kannon (0.5 km).
Does Takinoya have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.