Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort (Lake Toya, JAPAN)

I thought it was going to be a walk in the park but check-in took a little more than half an hour to complete. But the good news was that everybody seemed to be happy with the contemporary décor of The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort (洞爺湖景乃之風溫泉度假酒店) so at least I wasn't going to get grilled for not picking Windsor Hotel Toya.

As its name also suggested, it is a lake side resort hotel right by Lake Toya with both public and private onsen. 

The view from the hotel lobby was pretty amazing. I couldn't wait to check out what the view's going to be like from our rooms. 

We skipped Mount Yōtei (羊蹄山) during our stay in Niseko so it was nice to get a clear view of the active stratovolcano from the lobby.

Our rooms were right down the end of the corridor.

I thought the room looked much bigger and brighter than what's shown on those hotel booking website. Perhaps they should consider hiring me for their next photo-taking session!

Traditional western-style room with your typical Japanese twist, a lot of wood and lantern style lamps. I thought a little better (and newer) than what I've expected.

The bathroom was a little small though.

Even smaller was the shower area. I could hardly squeeze in for a photo.

To the contrary, the toilet was pretty spacious. And you got to love Japanese's hygiene habits. A special pair of slippers just for the toilet!

Toyako Onsen Tourist Association has put together various events for their annual Toyako Onsen Winter Festival. For the entire month of October, they would have firework displays lighting up the skies above Lake Toya every night at 8:45PM. Tonight was supposed to be the last night so we all finished our dinner buffet a little earlier to get ourselves ready.

It's my little nugget's first time watching firework shows live and his first reaction.....

Toyako Onsen Winter Festival - lake side firework show seen from The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort

LOUD! But I think he's the only one who didn't enjoy the show.

Toyako Onsen Winter Festival - lake side firework show seen from The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort

The next morning, I found myself awaken in front of this amazing Lake Toya view. I could really get used to this every morning.

Back to the hotel's "backyard" we go, it's where we watched the fireworks last night. Of course, we had to take a few photos standing next to the "Lake Toya" sign.

Apart from the onsen on the second and eighth floor, the hotel also offers other facilities to make everybody's stay more enjoyable. For example, their "Select 108" shop offering some of the finest souvenirs available in Hokkaido.  

There's a bakery cafe at Select 108 if you're looking for some freshly made bread and pastries. Both dine-in and take-out options are available.


And for smokers, a special booth on selected floors for your convenience.

I think every onsen hotel on Tōyakoonsen offers complimentary breakfast and dinner. The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort is no exception and they have a really good breakfast and dinner buffet here at their only restaurant, nami-no-oto (波の音). For details, please check out my review here.

Rating: ❤❤❤❤
Price: ¥¥¥
Address: 29-1 Tōyakoonsen, Toyako-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 049-5721, Japan
Tel: +81 570-026-571

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