Tuesday, July 26, 2016

# Accommodation ♪ Experience the harmony of modern and tradition - Hotel Itiraku in Tendo, Yamagata, Japan

A Trip in the Mountains
Yamadera in Tendo City, Yamagata Prefecture

Speaking of Tendo City, we can't miss out this famous place in Yamagata Prefecture - Yamadera!

This area is named after the common name of the temple of Risshaku-ji, founded in 860 AD by the priest Ennin, who is better known in Japan by his posthumous name, Jikaku Daishi. The temple is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site.
(Information from wikipedia)

Address: 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture
Tel.: 023-695-2002
Fees: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for Junior High School and High School Students,
100 yen for children 4 years old or above
For group of 30 persons of above: 240 yen for adults, 160 yen for Junior High School and High School Students, 100 yen for children 4 years old or above
Homepage (Japanese): http://www.rissyakuji.jp/
Yama-dera Tourism Association (Japanese): http://www.yamaderakankou.com/index.html

Hot Springs in Tendo City

If you have read our earlier blogs, you should have known that it is said that the water of the hot spring in Tendo City contains a huge amount of sulfates which is good for stiff shoulder and neuralgia etc. Also, it is good for your skin too. Please try it out by yourself in Tendo City!

You can also experience the public bath style hot spring here. Can you tell the hot spring is in shogi shape? There's even a word written at the bottom. Find out what's that by yourself!

Guestrooms mixed with Japanese style and Western style. What's more to that? You get a great view of the nature like the mountains and river right outside your window!

If you want some private time with your family or lover, you can reserve your private hot spring here!

Recommended Hot Spring Hotel - Hotel Itiraku

Hotel Itiraku
Address: 2-2-21 Kamatahoncho, Tendo City, Yamagata
(15 minutes walk from the Tendo City Station)
Prices from 14,900 yen to 51,650 yen
Tel.: 023-654-3311
Homepage: http://www.itiraku.com/foreign/en.html
Google Map

Let's talk about some of the amazing things about Hotel Itiraku!

1) Close to the famous sightseeing spot Yamadera

Just in 14 minutes by car, you can get to the famous Yamadera from Hotel Itiraku. Don't worry about you will get exhausted after hiking in Yamadera because you can get back to the hotel and take some rest very quickly!!

2) Visited by the Celebrities

On the way to the hot springs, you will pass through a corridor where you can see many celebrities autographs hanging on the sides of the wall. See if your favorite star's autograph is there!

3) Surrounded by the Cherries and Sakura

As you may know, Yamagata is famous for the cherry production. That's why you can see lots of cherry decoration here inside the hotel.

Actually the owner of the hotel was born in April (Sakura and April always link to each other in Japan), and he likes sakura a lot too, so he wants his guests can also see the beauty of sakura in all seasons no matter when they come to visit his hotel.

4) Arts in the Hotel

You think we are taking you to an art gallery now? Actually this is the entrance of Hotel Itiraku! The artwork are actually designed and made by the owner's relative, Mr. Matsuda who is a famous sculptor in Yamagata Prefecture. If you are interested in buying his artwork, you can talk to the hotel staff.

5) Private Hot Spring in Guestrooms

If you are looking for more privacy, you can reserve rooms with private hot spring which you can enjoy a quiet and relaxing bath with your family and loved ones. Look how special the shape of the hot spring is!

Guestrooms Types

A) Type 1

Traditional Japanese Style Tatami Guestroom

Guestroom in the picture included a private hot spring. 

B) Type 2

Guestrooms mixed with Japanese style and Western style with 2 beds.

Special Services For the Special Guests

A) Free cherries, Japanese sake and wine service

Free cherries, sake and wine are especially provided to guests who stay in guestrooms with outdoor hot springs!

The cherries provided are actually replaced frequently to make sure the freshness and the taste!

B) Free massage and relaxing area

You can find this relaxing area where you can relax yourself on the massage chairs while enjoying the free cherries provided to guests who stay in guestrooms with outdoor hot springs.

Souvenir Shop

Wanna buy some local souvenirs? You can go to the souvenir shop on the first floor near the lobby where you can buy snacks, handkerchief, clothes, accessories etc.

Top Left: Cherry Wine - 360ml 900 yen + tax / 720ml 1,620 + tax
Top Right: Jelly with cherries - 400 yen + tax
Bottom Left: Cherry soft drink - 231 yen + tax
Bottom Right: Cherry aroma incense stick 800 yen + tax
In Yamagata Prefecture, of course you can find many cherry products in the souvenir shop. For example, cherry wine, cherry soft drink, jelly with real cherries, or even the cherry aroma incense stick.

Luxurious Japanese Style Dinner

One of the best thing about staying at a hot spring hotel is the Japanese style dinner! See what do we have tonight?

As we have mentioned earlier, you will be surrounded by cherries and sakura at Hotel Itiraku. So you can find them in your meal too! Like in your appetizer, tempura udon and even your tea!

Our main dish tonight is Sukiyaki (Japanese hotpot in sweet soy sauce) with famous Yamagata beef.  You can choose from Shabushabu (traditional Japanese hotpot), Sukiyaki, and even steak.

Not just the dinner, the breakfast at the hotel is specially made for their guests too. There are 4 types of Japanese rice prepared everyday for you to try! Which one do you like the best?

Healthy breakfast made of fresh ingredients. Cherry salad for breakfast!

A Local Yamagata Style Izakaya

If you want to experience the local culture of each prefecture, we recommend you to visit the local izakaya!

This shop is just located on the B1 floor of Hotel Castle Yamagata which is also operated by Hotel Itiraku.

The Hidden Izakaya - Sakuranbo No Hana (Yamagata Shop)
Address: B1F Hotel Castle, 4-2-7 Tokamachi, Yamagata City, Yamagata
Tel.: 080-6290-1087
E-mail: oto-no.hana@ezweb.ne.jp
Hours: 17:30 - 23:00 (L.O. 22:30)
Homepage (Japanese): http://www.itiraku.com/?page_id=20

If you are looking for a travel destination where you can find awesome local food and beautiful nature at the same time, Tendo City is definitely a perfect place for your to visit!

Interested in reading more about Yamagata Prefecture? Check out our previous sharing here:

# Travel ♪ A Taste of Tendo City - The Most Interesting Place to Visit in Yamagata Prefecture!

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