Founded in 1884, Haiya is a traditional onset in Awara Onsen area of Fukui Japan. The hotel lobby, public bath and main entrance were renovated in 2006. Some of the hotel rooms are also newly renovated. The hotel is well maintained with a nice Japanese garden, shop, spa, bar, event halls, 15 themed room with direct access to the garden, 6 of which has private onsen, and 35 other Japanese rooms on the upper floors (15 of which are garden view and decorated with Echizen Washi. It is one of the famous traditional Japanese hotels in Awara Onsen area.

Searching for a hotel to stay in the winter, accessibility is a key factor in the decision process because I don’t want to drag my luggages and walk on the snow for a long time. Of course the hotel room, facilities and price are also important. Tokachigawa Hot Spring Dai-ichi Hotel was my pick for the Tokachigawa trip. It turned out to be a good choice! The bus stopped in front of the hotel. The hotel is conveniently located by Tokachi River, offering nice views from the guest rooms and many of the rest areas. The amenities and services are good. It offers free shuttle bus to Sairinka Festival at night during the event, free shuttle bus back to Obihiro JR Station, and even a bus to Lake Shikaribetsu the next morning!

Traditional Japanese hot springs (Onsen) are common bath were people soaked in a large hot tub together, naked. This Japanese tradition has brought to Taiwan for more than 50 years. Many people, particularly the older generation, are used to the Japanese style of public hot spring. In their hearts, Taiwanese are shy to go naked in front of other people. If possible, they prefer private bath (I think that’s most people). That’s why Hot! Spring Onion only offers private rooms of different sizes and designs for friends and families. Each hot spring room are well decorated and equipped with a shower, a large enough hot tub to share, and a dressing room. Larger rooms will have a TV and rest area. The designer rooms have interesting paintings on the walls to make it colourful and interesting. Enjoy a good hot bath with you loved ones is now available in Yilan! And it’s new.

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