288–2 Kabuse Aikawa, Sado-shi, Niigata-ken, 952-1583, Japan
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Sea of Japan, this resort offers ocean views, an open-air hot spring pool, and comfortable Japanese- or Western-style rooms. What you're really here for, though, is the food: meals consist of fresh sashimi, grilled sazae (a local shellfish), wagyu beef, and vegetable tempura from Sado farms. It's all washed down with some Niigata sake, of course. For the whole meal deal, book the "gourmet plan." The hotel is a 50-minute bus ride from Ryotsu; ask in advance about the hotel's shuttle bus.
- delicious meals
- ocean views
- peaceful location
- not much sightseeing nearby
- Western-style rooms are uninspiring
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