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997-1201 Yamagata, Tsuruoka, Yunohama 2-22-8, Japan
June 12, 2016
눉The hotel's description says that there is a great restaurant open for dinner in the hotel. When we arrived we were told that there is no restaurant for dinner (only breakfast) and were advised that there were only two restaurants open in the town of Yunohama - a Chinese restaurant and a sushi restaurant. We never found the sushi place, after looking for an hour. The only other alternatives were bento boxes from a FamilyMart at the edge of town, or to drive 20 mins to nearby Tsuruoka or Mikawa towns. The town of Yunohama, where the hotel is located, is very quiet. There are hardly any shops and many of the houses and hotels look like they've been closed for years. The beach was covered in litter. The town has an air of neglect about it. However, if you have a car, there are plenty of interesting things to see within a 45 min radius of the town. So we're still glad that we used Hotel Mankoen as a base for a few days to explore the west coast of Yamagata. Just don't expect a thriving beach resort holiday here.
눇Staff were very friendly and also attempted to speak English to us, which was helpful. The mochi-beating ritual at breakfast was a bit of fun and we received complimentary photos for our participation. The location is quiet with beautiful sea views and we saw some lovely sunsets. Our comfortable Japanese style room had huge windows overlooking the ocean. There is plenty of free parking. Don't miss a visit to the amazing Kamo Aquarium, about 10-15 min drive further along the coast. It has one of the best collections of jellyfish in the world. And the Five Storey Pagoda at Hagurosan, one of The Three Mountains of Dewa, is a beautiful lush green peaceful place to retreat for a day trip and an easy drive from the hotel.
February 19, 2016
눉Nothing I can think of!
눇Nice view, friendly welcoming staff, comfortable room and facilities. Fresh and filling dinner and breakfast with the opportunity to make mochi's while having breakfast. Nice cozy onsen indoors and outdoors with view of the sea.
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