Monday, 5 April 2010

Nyuto Onsen, Here We Come

A return visit to Nyuto Onsenkyo is on the cards for us for this year's trip. Last year we went to Taenoyu Onsen and had a really great time and we are planning to spend a night in Tsurunoyu Onsen, which is the oldest operating ryokan in Nyuto Onsenkyo this year. With the help of S-san, we were informed that the very room we were eyeing is available. No harm in booking a room early, especially when the rooms there are often fully booked.

The name Tsurunoyu means " Crane's Bath Hot Spring" and the name originated from the legend of a local hunter; Kansuke who saw a crane bathing in the spring to heal her wound. A soak in the baths is said to help cure ailments such as cuts, high blood pressure and eye problems.

This room does looks nice, doesn't it? Imagine sleeping in a 350 years old samurai guard quarters with no electricity. We will be spending a night like Japanese of yesteryears. It would be fun eating dinner around the irori too.  Tsurunoyu Onsen is a slice of old Japan with its traditional wooden buildings, indoor and outdoor baths, tatami rooms and delectable Japanese dinners. We can't wait to stay there!

If you are a fan of Korean drama, IRIS; Tsurunoyu Onsen is one of the location site where some of the scenes in the drama were filmed in Akita Prefecture. To know more about the location site, head to Oh Tazawako, Where Art Thou? blog. If you want to have more information on Tazawako, you can find it at the blog too. A wealth of information on Tazawako to be found there.

Seems like the Akita Prefecture Tourism Agency spent quite a lot of effort promoting the area connecting it to the Korean Drama. I was informed that the number of Korean tourists went up threefold after the drama was aired, which is good news for the area.
Zaini even found a Japanese language travel guide book at Kinokuniya highlighting the location site of IRIS.
You can see the main character Kim Hyun Joon (played by Lee Byeong Heon) and Choi Seung Hee (Kim Tae Hui) at Tsurunoyu Onsen and in the last photo in front of Tatsuko Statue.

Hmm... should I get Raimie to take photo of his Mom and Dad posing the same way too? :D


  1. Ayie, where are you? Busy with your baby? Can't spam Lina's blog with me nowadays! Haha!

  2. Wow! Already planning for this year's Japan trip! And I have yet to go Japan! Hmpph!!

  3. Yes! Yes! Yes! Please take a photo of you and Zaini posing the same way as the Korean stars! Haha!! Would love to see it! Promise me you will take that photo? Cos I wanna see it!!! : )

  4. @foong,
    Ayie is around. Got her SMSes oredi, just no spamming in our blogs only. Right, Ayie?

    We always plan ahead one. Makes the trip so much more to look forward too. :)

    I better get more serious in the gym, wanna look nice and slim like Kim Tae Hui before I try to copy those poses. ;)

  5. @Mei Teng,
    I'll try and coerce Zaini into doing them once we get there. ;)

  6. Love these shots and would really enjoy sleeping in those guard rooms. Very cool.

  7. I am here foong but can't spam same time with you, baby and I are either sleeping or busy with something else that time.

  8. Let's all go together to Ghibli Museum! Foong you are miyazaki's fan right? But it won't be so soon! hahah baby has to be at least 3! lol

  9. Lina, you really can't persuade them to go to Korea? Another Japan trip! woooh!

  10. We're still busy not only with baby but also here in the apartment, still finishing up arranging.

  11. wow, you're planning another trip to Japan? sounds awesome. Wait up for me. :):)

  12. @Ayie,
    Yes, let's all go together! :) We have 2/3 years to plan the trip. :)

    I'm taking my time looking up good places to visit in Korea so I'm not pushing for the trip just yet. :) What more, I'm not going to follow any tour group.

    Take it easy with the new house. Don't work too hard and stress out yourself, Ayie! How's baby coping with all the hubbub in the house?

  13. @Life Ramblings,
    You planning to go too?

  14. @Poetic Shutterbug,
    I'm planning to take more photos of the room once we get there. Can't wait.

  15. i so wish I could go on a yearly trip to Japan. Have fun!

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  17. @Jamaipanese,
    Hey! long time no hear! :)
    Any plans to visit yet (or have you gone to Japan already)?

  18. This ryokan is so traditional! It would be awesome to stay in one.

  19. @ECL,
    I think our stay will be awesome too. :) And we are so excited about going into their hot spring.

    If you wanna go and visit, you can always check with Sasaki-san whose at Tazawako Tourism Organization at Oh Tazawako Where Art Thou? for assistance.

  20. We always plan ahead one. Makes the trip so much more to look forward too. :)
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  21. baby's enjoying the private family time...he knows when daddy's home and he wants some time alone with him

    baby also gets to sleep more and we can play and relax more. I get to do more things now not minding much people around.

    I will post more updates soon. Just finishing up with the place. This isn't a big apartment to take me too long to work on. =P

  22. Hi - i really want to visit tsurunoyu onsen, but no clue how to get there, i am staying at tokyo the sherton hotel, but never been to japan, and reading you blog, i really wanna go there and check it out. can give me some details, like what train, price, where to get off and all details, and plus where can i book the room? which is the best room to stay. thanks!

  23. @Joanna,
    Tsurunoyu Onsen is located in Nyuto Onsenkyo, which is about 3 hours ride on the bullet train from Tokyo. If you want to go there, take the Akita Komachi shinkansen and make a stop at Tazawako Station. Afterwards, take a bus either to Tsurunoyu Onsen stop (and walk a bit) or stop at Arupa Komakasa for the hotel shuttle service. However, you need to contact the hotel for the arrangement.

    You can reserve direct to Tsurunoyu Onsen or if you look at my sidebar, contact Tazawako Tourism office for assistance.

    However, if you want to book their most popular room yoou have to book 6 months in advance!


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