Izu Peninsula is very famous for its top-quality hot spring resorts. In this article I will introduce Tsuruya-Kisshotei hotel located in Hokkawa Onsen hot spring town. One of the most spectacular hot springs here is Kuroneiwa where you can soak in the hot water just next to the seashore.
The highlight is the view to the sea
This is the view from my room. You can’t just come to Izu and not be able to watch the sea from your accommodation. Therefore I recommend staying in the Sokaitei room (actually a suite with two rooms) because of its beautiful sea panorama. There’s even a hot spring only for you!
First, let’s change to yukata (light kimono)
Pick your favorite yukata and put it on. They’re all pretty cute so don’t forget to take a photo of yourself in yukata.
Here is the room
This is Sokaitei, the room I stayed in. The bath here uses hot spring water too. Therefore the first thing to do is to try the freely flowing hot spring and relax your body.
The dinner is traditional Hokkawa style
This traditional dinner uses plenty of local fish and vegetables. Of course, it includes the local specialty – splendid alfonsino fish.
After dinner you might want to go to the public hot spring “Kuroneiwa Onsen” located in front of the hotel
It’s right next to the seashore and is often featured on TV. This hot spring is free for guests of Tsuruya-Kisshotei. During daytime it’s gender-mixed, but from 7 pm to 9 pm in the evening it’s only open for ladies.
But if you’re worried that someone might be peeking from somewhere, you can always take a bath towel from the hotel and cover yourself with it. That was also my first time in a hot spring with a towel. I thought I probably look like those celebrities on the commercials, but the feeling of the towel embracing you was quite good.
We were 5 women spending some relaxing time in the dark, with the sea right behind us. The waves splash next to you and you can feel the sea breeze in your face.
Going to a hot spring is one of the wonders of traveling. If the view is good, then it’s double pleasure. You will feel completely relaxed.
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