Check the Hotel Homepage for more information (Japanese)!
Now, how much did we pay for one night at Suikoen Hotel, thebest one in Sumatakyo, lost in the southern Japan Alps with full dinner, breakfast and onsen bath/hotsprings bath?
130 US $ each, not bad!
Meals are taken early in Japanese hotsprings hotels.
Ours was launched at 6:00 p.m.!
A plate of zensai/appetizers was waiting for us. I can’t remember all the descriptions as I had no time to jot down anything, waht with being busy the pics (with a mobile phone, which is not the perfect way! Sorry) and the Missus waiting impatiently!
Vegetarian sushi with rice steamed in green tea.
Stewed mushrooms and pickled ginger.
Kogomi/fern, moutain vegetable.
Tea leaves tempura.
Fuki, mountain vegetable
And the procession of appetizers continued with stewed cold chicken and boiled vegetables,
yam, pickled wasabi and myoga ginger,
grilled yamame, you can eat the whole!
Japanese-style bbq with pork and vegetables and miso paste,
20 minutes later!
Shika tataki/Seared venison sashimi (the venison comes from wild deer in the nearvy mountains!),
an interesting “sashimi plate”: gomadofu/sesame tofu, salmon and konnyaku/devil’s tongue tuber jelly mixed with local green tea!
I don’t know too much baout this one. All I know is that it was made with azuki beans, yam and tofu. Very hearty!
Chinese-style fried salmon with sweet and sour sauce,
tsukemono, Japanese pickles,
Yamasemi (Mountain Kingfisher) white wine from Nagano Precture (extra fee!),
Freshly steamed rice is brought inside a double-lid pot,
so simple and delicious!
Miso soup, naturally,
Kawane Green Tea (did I tell you that Shizuoka Prefecture produces more than 45% of all green tea in Japan?)!
And Kawane green tea jelly for dessert!
before taking our first bath of the day, we took time to admire the carps in the garden pond!
The entrance of the hot baths…
The noren/curtain barring the view of the hot baths for men.
”男” means “men”. Don’t make a mistake!
The noren/curtain barring the view of the hot baths for women/ladies.
”女” means “women”. Don’t make a mistake again!
The “venues are switched every 12 hours. Do be careful and check! LOL
A view of the “make-up” room.
The indoor bath.
Scrub yourself before entering any bath!
Rotenburo/露天風呂/outdoors bath. A bit small, I must admit!
The relaxation room by the outdoors bath.
Do not trust the scales!
We did dip in the baths the next day before and after breakfast.
The breakfast was the all you can eat self-service style, both European and Japanese style. Above was my first helping (European).
I was really hungry after allthe walking the day before (and more coming on taht day!), I couldn’t help wolfing down another, Japanese-style, breakfast!
All considered, a good enough hotel, good steady food and very reasonable. Definitely recommended!
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