Fodor's Expert Review Otaru Furukawa Hotel

1-2-15 Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido, 047–0031, Japan

Dark wooden beams, shadowy corridors, and well-chosen antiques transform a modern canal-side building into a comfortable, old-fashioned Japanese inn—a rarity in Otaru. The traditionally clad staff bow low on the raised straw matting in the reception area, and the first-floor restaurant has seating with a canal view. The charm of the public areas continues into the newly renovated lounge area where reading materials are available adjacent to the lobby. The eighth-floor Japanese bathroom has several indoor and open-air onsen baths as well as a sauna. The hotel's breakfast includes up to 40 different options made by their chefs with ingredients from Hokkaido.

PROS

  • old-fashioned atmosphere
  • beside the canal
  • impressive baths

CONS

  • tobacco smell in some rooms
  • overlooks main road
  • rooms aren't 100% traditional ryokan style

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0134-29–2345

HOTEL DETAILS

45 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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