Booked: Tsurunoyu Onsen

Another accommodation that I aimed to book is Tsurunoyu Onsen. Japanese categorized this accommodation as ‘minshuku’, family operated Japanese-style bed and breakfast. I would say that Tsurunoyu Onsen isn’t a luxurious property, but there are something rustic and traditional which you can’t find if you stay in luxury hotels. I will let pictures below show you what I am talking about:

Tsurunoyu Onsen – Exterior

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Tsurunoyu Onsen – Exterior

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Tsurunoyu Onsen – Exterior

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Reservation can be made from the first date of the month, six months in advance. But according to many articles in the internet, is pretty hard to secure a room in Tsurunoyu Onsen. It is perhaps due to ranking as one of the best onsen in the whole nation and you can’t book using mainstream OTA (e.g. Agoda, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, etc).

They do have a partially English website (one page in English, the rest is in Japanese). From the website I learn that the cheapest room is priced JPY 8,550 / guest / night, breakfast and dinner are included in this price. Considering Japan is one of the most expensive countries to visit in Asia, I can say this is a damn good price! However the website stated that reservations are accepted by phone only, they not accept reservation by email or reservation by online.

Tsurunoyu Onsen – Reservation

After thorough research over the internet, I found out that japaneseguesthouses.com can help traveler to book this kind of accommodation. Unlike mainstream OTA, japaneseguesthouses.com will manually check room availability with each minshuku/ryokan based on our request. Thanks to them, I was able to secure 2 nights stay in Tsurunoyu Onsen on February next year!

Tsurunoyu Onsen – Room

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