Fodor's Expert Review Shizukatei
10--5 Hiraizumi Nagakura, Hiraizumi, Iwate-ken, 029-4102, Japan
The sounds of nature will lull you to sleep at this hot-spring inn set among the rice paddies outside Hiraizumi. Dinner—included in the price and featuring local dishes such as handmade soba noodles as well as sashimi, grilled vegetables, and other traditional cuisine—is served in your room, and the food just keeps on coming. The inn can also accommodate those in wheelchairs, which is not the norm for most small inns. This could be a nice, relaxing change for someone looking to experience the countryside. Soba-making, cloth-dyeing, and other events also happen depending on the season, so ask what is going on when you make your reservations. If you wake up early, join the staff in the vegetable patch and pick the ingredients for breakfast, also included. The location is quite remote, but the staff will take you to the station or to Chuson-ji Temple. They will even take you to Hiraizumi Station, wait for you to put your luggage in a locker, and then drop you off at the temple, so you can enjoy your time there.
Ask in advance for a pickup if you're arriving by train.
- peaceful rural location
- delicious, plentiful food
- free pickup from the station
- very far from town
- not much to do
- can feel a bit plain
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive