Hotel Notoraku

Onsen pool with ocean view and great seafood meals

By Alena Eckelmann    - 2 min read

Are you looking for a place to stay where you can spend a romantic weekend with your partner near Kanazawa City? Try Notoraku, a traditional Japanese inn located in Wakura Onsen!

A relaxing ambience, hot spring with ocean view and delicious seafood-based meals will give you a taste of the Noto Peninsula’s great hospitality.

The hotel entrance, front desk and lobby area are spacious and decorated in a mix of traditional Japanese-style and Southeast Asian-style. A mix in interior decoration is also seen in the guest rooms. For your convenience, some of the guest rooms have beds while the lounge area is tatami floor, Japanese-style. Some of the rooms have an excellent view over Nanao Bay.

The hotel pool is right outside the lobby; guests can relax inside in the lobby area or outside by the pool while sipping a cup of coffee or a beer. Gazing out over the bay area, one can see the Noto-jima Ohashi Bridge to the right and the Twin Bridge Noto to the left, and straight ahead the forested area of Noto Island, located in the middle of Nanao Bay.

The best viewpoint is a bench located at the end of a wooden walkway that is stretching out into the bay. Wear you yukata (cotton kimono) and go for a walk to catch a fresh ocean breeze.

Notoraku’s hot spring bath is located on an upper floor with a gorgeous view over the bay area. There is a large indoor pool but nothing beats a soak in the outdoor pools with the open view.

Wakura being a seaside resort, meals at Notoraku’s restaurants prominently feature seafood and fish. Meals are served at tables overlooking a Japanese garden.

Notoraku is with over one hundred rooms one of Wakura’s large accommodations, most of which are neatly lined up along the sea shore of Wakura. Notoraku is an up-marked accommodation but prices are still affordable. The price packages for the room and two meals range from ¥10,000 to ¥30,000.

The hotel shuttle bus will pick you up from Wakura Station and bring you back there when you are leaving. Maximum relaxation plus maximum convenience for your weekend stay in Wakura Onsen!

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Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Founder of Kii Monogatari, my story and the story of the Kii Peninsula of Japan. Originally from East Germany, I came to Tokyo, via Berlin and London, in 2005. In summer 2011 I moved by choice to remote Kumano in the south of the Kii Peninsula where I live, work and play now, and explore every day.The whole of the Kii Peninsula is a Healing Hub for me with its abundance of forest, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, the ocean, friendly rural communities and sacred places. This is where nature meets spirituality, and tradition meets sustainability, the new paradigm for travel post-pandemic. My deep interest is in Japanese nature & spirituality. I love being in nature, in the forest and in the mountains, and I love spending time at temples and shrines.  I am building my life and my work around these two passions. I am a Licensed Forest Therapy (Shinrin Therapy) Guide and a Licensed Kumano Kodo and Koyasan Guide. I am also a Licensed Retreat Facilitator and I am planning retreats on the Kii Peninsula. Last but not least, I have been the Japan Travel Partner for Wakayama and Yamagata since the conception of the platform in 2011! These two prefectures are close to my heart because they are the centers of Shugendo, a spiritual tradition of mountain ascetism. I am a Shugendo Practitioner for over ten years now and received Tokudo in 2016 at a Shugendo temple on Yoshinoyama. Please kindly connect via my Facebook Page Kii Monogatari. Take care, keep well, stay safe! 

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