A Tranquil Ryokan Escape: Discovering The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort in Hokkaido
If you're looking for an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort is the perfect destination. Even if it is just one day, I can assure you that the tranquil view of lake toya, coupled with the steaming hot onsen bath will definitely recharge you and get you ready for your next work challenge!
How to get to The Lake View Toya?
Situated in the picturesque town of Toyako, in Hokkaido, Japan, this traditional Japanese inn (Ryokan) offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere with breathtaking views of the stunning Lake Toya.
Getting there is easy if you've already rented a car from Chitose airport. We drove about an hour and a half from the airport, and arrived right at the door step of the resort. The epic service started right from the porch, as we were welcomed by the friendly staff, who helped us to unload our luggage and offered complimentary valet service to park our cars within the resort premise.
By Shuttle Bus:
If you don't plan to drive, The Lake View Toya Nonokaze also offers a shuttle service at just 1000 yen (one-way) from Chitose Airport or from Sapporo JR station where you can select when you book your stay. However, the timing of this shuttle is fixed so do bear that in mind.
We've been to Sapporo before, but this is our first time driving within Hokkaido and our very first time to Lake Toya. And getting to experience a Japanese Ryokan right after touching down - We had a blast!
Read also: Our 5D4N trip to Sapporo for <SGD900
Arriving at Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort
Arriving at Lake View Toya Ryokan, you'll be greeted by this amazing view at the reception. To check-in, you'll be ushered to join a line (with chairs provided) while the rest of your party could head to the sitting area where they will be served welcome drinks and some cookies as refreshment. The warm and friendly staff, are all eager to help you make the most of your stay.
The hotel's decor is a fusion of traditional and modern Japanese elements, which creates a welcoming ambiance that's perfect for unwinding and relaxing. But what immediately took our breath away was this splendid view of the lake and the view of Mt. Usu volcano, what seems to be Lake Toya's version of Mount Fuji. Of course, it is so much smaller than the grand Fuji-san, but wow, after a long flight. This was well worth it.
The Lake View Toya Nonokaze to us, is a modern ryokan. While most ryokan's are traditional Japanese-style inn which looks a bit more dated, this resort has all the features of an up-scale five-star hotel.
Ryokans are typically located in scenic areas, such as hot sprints or countryside locations, and Lake Toya certainly hits the spot.
Since not everyone are used to tatami mat flooring, sleeping on futon beds and bathing in traditional Japanese baths in their room, we really appreciated that we could enjoy western-style beds and standing showers or baths in the room.
Like most ryokans, you can get to enjoy Japanese meals and buffet-style western cuisine in their restaurants. The Lake View Toya Nonokaze offers a unique and authentic way to experience Japanese culture, with a blend impeccable Japanese hospitality and modern amentities. If you're looking for a memorable and immersive stay at Lake Toya, but don't want the dated traditional ryokan experience, then Lake View Toya Nonokaze is the resort for you.
The Lake Toya Nonokaze Rooms
The check-in was quick, we paid for our rooms and were given breakfast and dinner coupons, plus a welcome cake voucher. All rooms at the resort are full-board, where you get to enjoy dinner and breakfast at Fespo, the lake view restaurant. We made our reservations just a few weeks before we arrived. Since it was off-season and just after Japan opened up to the world post-Covid, we paid about 38,000 yen ($376 SGD) for 2 people, for a standard twin room.
This was the lowest tier room and of course, you could top up to a higher floor room, or choose a traditional Japanese tatami room, or even go all out with Club Nonokaze, offering you more luxurious and private experience at the Ryokan. Club Nonokaze has a private reception, and is at a wing that is separate from the rest.
Nonetheless, the standard room was already amazing to us. One of the standout features of Lake View Toya Ryokan is its stunning location. Each room offers panoramic views of the lake, which is known for its crystal-clear waters and the majestic Mt. Usu volcano in the background. This view is particularly breathtaking during the sunrise and sunset, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room.
The image of the room doesn't seem like anything fascinating, but the view is to-die-for. See what I mean by even the standard room's great?
The room is also equipped with all your toiletries and amenities and even features japanese kimono and yukata for you to wear during your stay in the resort. Dirtied it and want a change of clothes or looking for a bigger or smaller size? The lobby has everything you need, available for you to pick up when you need them.
We quickly put down all our luggage, unpacked, and was yearning for a good bath after the 7-8 hour flight from Singapore. We changed into the provided yukatas and headed up to the Japanese onsen.
Onsen experience at Lake Toya Nonokaze Ryokan
No photographs here to share (for obvious reasons) but if you're here at the resort, one of the highlights is undoubtedly the onsen experience. Located on the resort's grounds, the onsen at Lake Toya Nonokaze Resort features indoor and outdoor baths, as well as saunas and relaxation areas. The hot springs are fed by natural mineral-rich water from the nearby Mount Yotei, which is known for its healing properties and ability to soothe sore muscles and joints.
Before entering the gender-segregated onsens, guests are required to remove all clothing and wash and rinse themselves thoroughly. There are 2 indoor baths at the resort on the top floor (Ezofuji) and another one at the mid-floor (Showa No Yu). The indoor bath at Ezofuji is designed with large windows that offer views of the surrounding scenery, while the outdoor bath (the highlight in my opinion) provides an even more immersive experience with the natural surroundings. Imagine the cool air (if you're travelling during winter) while soaking in the hot mineral-rich water.
What's best is that because we were travelling close to the winter period, and the temperature was sub 10 degrees, the 2 times I went to the rooftop onsen, I was the sole onsen go-er there. BLISS!
Pro-Tip: To enjoy such experience, book the resort during weekdays if possible, and visit the onsen right after checking in (3pm - 5pm) and also in the early morning to have the baths all to yourselves.
In addition to the hot springs, the resort also offers a range of other amenities to enhance the onsen experience. Guests can enjoy the saunas and steam rooms, as well as the relaxation lounges, which feature comfortable seating and stunning views of Lake Toya.
The onsen experience at Lake Toya Nonokaze Resort is a must-try! With its natural hot springs, breathtaking scenery, and relaxing amenities, the onsen at Lake Toya Nonokaze Resort provides a truly immersive and rejuvenating experience. Whether you're looking to soothe sore muscles after a day of outdoor activities or simply want to relax and unwind in a serene environment, the onsen at Lake Toya Nonokaze is perfect.
Dining at Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort
After that good and relaxing soak, we dressed ourselves in the kimonos to Fespo for dinner. Dinner was amazing - we even forgot to take photographs. The restaurant also offers a selection of local Hokkaido dishes, including fresh seafood and vegetables, which are sourced locally.
What's great about the restaurant is that it doesn't forget to showcase that you're right by the lake. Even at night, there's just something tranquil about being close to a large body of water.
For breakfast - definitely choose to sit right by the window. Enjoy a selection of fresh juices, coffee, tea, and even champagne. Yes, you got that right. For under 400 SGD for onsen, a great night stay, plus dinner and breakfast for 2 pax - this is really a steal!
Our Verdict: A Must-Stay for Travellers to Lake Toya
Lake View Toya Ryokan is indeed a hidden gem in Hokkaido, Japan, and a perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing escape. With its stunning location, traditional Japanese decor, and excellent hospitality, this hotel is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who stays there.
We left the place feeling so rejuvenated, it was as though we spent a week in Hokkaido already even though it was only our first day.
Book your stay at The Lake View Toya for your next Hokkaido trip and let us know what you think :)
29-1 Toyakoonsen, Toyako, Abuta District, Hokkaido 049-5721, Japan
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