Pros: The architecture, gardens, interior decor and overall ambience; the outdoor hot springs baths; professional yet friendly staff; complimentary shuttle bus from Sendai ( although only once per day); ...
Cons: Food was beautiful to look at and plentiful, but could have been a bit better (personal preference, of course).
Pros: Wonderful retreat with impeccable staff, onsen, rooms, large yard and tasty dinner. Modern and comfortable yet featuring all that can be expected from a true ryokan. From my experience one of the best...
Cons: Check-out time is 11 AM which is not bad itself (since usually in ryokans it's 10 AM), however still earlier than 12 AM (conventional for western hotels).
Pros: Everything is excellent here. Love it! I will definitely recommend it to my friends and relatives.
Cons: None. The only thing is we have to leave here.
When visiting Zao, CHIKUSENSO Mt.Zao Onsen Resort&Spa is a great choice to consider. You can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant and visit the spa to be pampered with body wraps or aromatherapy. A bar/lounge, a health club, and a steam room are other highlights at this luxurious hotel.
Take a refreshing holiday in one of the 18 individual Japanese-style villas situated in the midst of the vast natural forest at the foot of Mt Zao. Soak in the natural free flowing hot spring baths and taste the natural vegetable oriented dishes. Daikon-no-Hana is a resort guests will want to visit every season of the year.
This onsen yado (traditional Japanese-style inn with hot springs) is suitable for enjoying Zao's beautiful nature across the seasons. Guests can relieve their daily fatigue at the oriental therapy room and aesthetic salon. The amber-colored, weak alkaline spring water, constantly flowing directly from the hot spring source, leaves skin feeling smooth.
Yutomori Club is a forest spa resort where grown-ups can relax in the comfort of the woods. The award-winning tasteful cuisine prepared with highland vegetables is another great reason to choose this place.
Guests are sure to enjoy the seasonal dishes and colorful baths. The hotel wastes no effort to ensure complete customer satisfaction. Enjoy natural hot spring baths constantly drawing water directly from the source, and 2 private baths, one stone and one ceramic, available for reservation at no cost.
Pros: Staff went above and beyond to help us with our travel needs. Room was comfy and had a great view. Would definitely stay again.
Pros: Why housekeeping didn't make bed room in bedtime coming?
Cons: Front office don't ask satisfaction of service when check out.
Cons: You need car
Pros: Normally Japanese hotels are charged per person but this hotel charges per room. The standard room I booked had three single beds. So great for couple or family.
Cons: They only have one place for dinner. The cheapest was 4100yen. No near by restraurants. There are only few restaurants in the Zao city.
Cons: This was the most expensive hotel that we stayed in on our trip and the only disappointing one. The room was small and the service was poor. We had to make up our own futons - I have never experienced...
Pros: The staff was so friendly and went the extra mile to make sure my stay was as pleasant as possible. Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.
Cons: Not a thing
Pros: Quiet location - nice view of the hills/mountains
Cons: Staff did not know much english
Pros: Very swanky. Beautiful onsen and sauna. Good internet. Quiet and remote. Great special price for three-bed room. Nice bathroom.
Cons: If you want ease of access, the location is not great. It's very remote and far from any big city. If you want a relaxing getaway, the location is wonderful. There is a main road that is straight ...
Pros: Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The hotel was immaculately presented.
Cons: Due to location, transport and shuttles to and from make it hard to go anywhere unless you have a car. Distinct lack of food choices or alternatives to the restaurant, or in room cooking options.
Pros: Really nice location, friendly, helpful staff. Delicious traditional Japanese food. The Onsen are really nice.
Cons: Not fully set up for English speaking tourists, feels like they probably don't get many. This could actually be a plus for someone that can read and speak Japanese.
When visiting Zao, Laforet ZAO Resort & Spa is a great choice to consider. You can indulge in body scrubs or aromatherapy. Rooms offer flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and slippers.
Popular for its original kaiseki cuisine using the seasonal ingredients of Zao, Tamaya Ryokan also offers hot spring baths. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the flowing hot spring waters of the large communal bath or reservable bath.
Pros: The waffles were yummy at breakfast but it was too costly. The rooms were clean, beds comfy, & staff polite.
Cons: The breakfast is too costly. The hotel is quite nice, though far out of the way, and an agreeable price. Though, for that price, breakfast really should be included.
Pros: I did like the size of the room it was huge, I did not like the price of the coffee from the restaurant. The pools were amazing, first time I have ever tried them.
Cons: The price of the coffee from the restaurant.
Pros: Hot bath
Cons: A little bit expensive in that period
Pros: Very large and clean Japanese-style room with a nice view on the mountains. The onsen was great too! The location is awesome, surrounded by mountains and beautiful sceneries.
Cons: we chose not to have breakfast because it was too expensive..1,700jpy!
Pros: The breakfast buffet was nice and there was loads of variety (Japanese and western dishes). The staff was really nice and helpful, they did everything they could to find us a non smoking room - thank ...
Cons: A bit outdated, but okay. The swimming pool is only open during summer season.
Pros: Location is great (the surrounding mountains are beautiful and there's a couple of days' worth of good things to sightsee etc. Staff were friendly (but with virtually no English). Facilities...
Cons: No English spoken made it challenging to communicate with staff. Wifi is patchy. Decor is ok but a bit dilapidated.
Pros: Really a laid back & comfortable experience
Pros: Area is great for resting Service is above standard Shuttle service is convenient.
Cons: Room size is good but terrible dirty. Hot springs need to be clean, especially main bath Need more shuttle service to nearby area
Cons: i was given a smoking room and not able to change. Very inconvenient place if you don't drive. The transport out to city and sightseeing added up is much more expensive than the hotel charges.
Pros: Food good and wonderful scenery
Cons: A bit more of cleaning during the breakfast specially in the Buffee area.
A great choice for a stay in Zao, Miyagi Zao Royal Hotel features a nightclub. Guests can visit the spa to be pampered with massages, facials, or body treatments, and Shiki, one of 3 restaurants, serves dinner. There are 2 bars/lounges and an indoor pool, and rooms get the details right with deep soaking tubs and slippers.
Pros: Beautiful view and clean rooms. Great meals.
Cons: If you don't have a car it might not be easy to reach.
Pros: Staff was friendly. The onsen baths were available anytime, unlike what was in description, which is a great plus! Outdoor onsen was relaxing while relaxing under the moon. There was a 7/11 ...
Cons: Room smelt a little stuffy. A nice room scent or deodorizer for the room would've been pleasant
Pros: The food was incredible - the best I've ever had at a ryokan. The onsens were nice.
Cons: The hotel was so run down - in serious need of renovation, nothing like the photos, which must have been taken when it was brand new. Don't come here for the snow monsters - you need to go to the ...
Pros: Great dinner and breakfast. The room was kind small but comfortable. Outstanding onsen hot tub.
Cons: Entrance was hardly to find following the map
Pros: Great onsen. Very helpful and friendly staff.
Cons: Onsen closed for maintenance 9 to 11 am. Our check out was 10 am. Couldn't get up early for a last dip.
Pros: Large Japanese style rooms, nice public bath areas, great view of the river from the room, very welcoming and friendly staff despite the significant language barrier.
Cons: Bathroom was a little outdated. Windows in our room could have been cleaned to enhance the view - though this is a large undertaking for a hotel this size.
Pros: We loved the outdoor hot springs and the nearby river.
Cons: Difficulty getting coffee when we chose the Japanese style breakfast. But the food is delicious!
Pros: The room and location was breathtaking. Being next to a river in the mountains, it was serene.
Cons: I wasn't too sure about what kind of food would be served for the breakfast brunch. It was great, just come with an open mind and empty stomach.
Cons: Toilet in the room is old. You have to use tissue to wipe , doesn't have an automatical water system to spray yours.
Situated in Zao, this ryokan is within 2 mi (3 km) of Miyagi Zao Kokeshi Doll Hall, Aone Onsen, and Mt. Zao. Okama Crater and Zao Dairy Farm are also within 2 mi (3 km).