Tohoku Onsen, Tohoku-machi

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  • We visited as a family and rented a private room in the early evening. It wasn’t busy & we were able to get it with no wait and no reservation. The water ended up being too hot for the kids but we...  more »
  • My husband and I went to Tohoku Onsen so we could enjoy soaking in the Onsen together. I believe a reservation is recommended/required to get the private Onsen, but there are public baths available...  more »
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  • Full transparency before we start - my wife and I speak basic Japanese. We stayed here as it was about as close as we could get to Aomori to watch the Nebuta Festival in the height of the August holiday season. It actually worked out really well - the trains back after the festival ended were nearly empty when we boarded, decimating my fears that they would be completely packed. I would do it again this way in a heartbeat. The service at Touhoku Onsen was great. On hearing that we wanted to go to Nebuta, one of the staff came to us at dinner with printed timetables to and from the onsen to Aomori (just as well since our portable wifi unit wasn't working up here). The food was delicious, although the kids found the Japanese-style breakfast on the first morning pretty challenging. Clearly noticing that they didn't really like it, the lady prepared something completely different for the second morning. That kind of personal touch is what makes a place great for me. The eating area itself is more reminiscent of a hospital dining room than a ryokan - not exactly drenched with atmosphere to say the least. The bathhouse has seen better days. Peeling paint, missing tiles. However, there were lots of different baths to enjoy - high temperature, outdoor, jacuzzi, a weird electric pulse one and a cold plunge pool to go with the sauna. The water is very dark, a rich brown colour, and has something of an oily feel about it - it is meant to be like that, I'm assured, having talked to a few locals who bathe there every day. One thing to watch, if you are travelling with a JR Pass, is that the Aoimori Line, the train line that gets you here, is NOT covered by the pass, so you end up having to pay cash for tickets to and from Aomori / Hachinohe, the nearest Shinkansen stations. With a family of four, the cost soon mounts up. Another thing - portable wifi units seem pretty dodgy up here. Ours (from Kyushu Wifi Rental) didn't work at all except in Aomori and Hachinohe. Though that could well be that company as we've been offline more than online to be honest. I would recommend this place to people wanting to visit Nebuta if you can't get any closer to Aomori - it's not much of a hardship to do the trains. And if you are doing it, pick up a little folding chair from Daiso 100 yen shop, and get near the corner of the crossroads outside Nomura Securities company by about 5:30pm on a festival day - you'll have the perfect viewing spot.
  • Rented a family bath for an hour. It was a nice room and bathing area.
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