It would be a good idea to have a relaxing soak in some hot springs after a tiring tour. This article introduces 5 recommended hotels to stay at in Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku.
1. Kotohira Grand Hotel Sakuranosho
This hotel can be found as you approach the Kotohira-gu Shrine, which is also well-known as "Konpira-san". Here, you can have a soak in an open-air bath as you gaze upon the shrine. The ladies bath – called the "Flower Bath" – has flower petals that float above the water’s surface and has great skin-smoothing properties. Have a bath as you enjoy the fragrance of the flowers! The hotel has a total of 8 types of rooms, such as Japanese-style, Western-style, and the "Yuzuran Deluxe", which is a combination of Japanese and Western styles. The breakfast buffet is also popular for serving around 50 types of food, including local cuisine. You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the whole hotel.
2. Kotohira Kadan
Kotohira Kadan is a long-established hotel that has been in business for 400 years. It is located at Monzen Town in Kotohira Shrine and the Konpira Hot Spring Village. You can find a Japanese garden filled with an abundance of greenery, as well as detached rooms built in a sukiya style that prominent writers and artists back in the day used to stay in. Both the area that’s overflowing with Japanese ambience and the garden view are spectacular. You may also avail of rooms that have a window deck with breathtaking views, as well as private open-air baths within the modernized hotel. The panoramic open-air baths are located near the bamboo forests, which give off a refreshing fragrance. You may also make use of the private hot spring (3,000 JPY (excl. tax)/45 minutes) that lets one view the city and mountains of Kotohira. There is also free Wi-Fi in certain rooms.
3. Shodoshima Seaside Hotel Matsukaze
The hotel is located in the remote island of Shodoshima, which is in the Seto Inland Sea. You can access the hotel by car within 5 minutes from Tonosho Harbor, where boats from Honshu and Takamatsu depart. The hotel is located approximately 10 seconds by foot to the beach. It is worth booking a room with a sea view. Furthermore, you can select from rooms such as a giant room that can hold up to 10 people or a reasonably priced room that doesn’t have a view of the sea. The hot spring has warming properties, which you may enjoy if you soak long enough. You can also choose between an indoor or open-air bath. There is free Wi-Fi in each room. There is a free shuttle bus from Tonosho Harbor.
4. Tenku Hotel Kairo
Tenku Hotel Kairo is another accommodation that is located at the western edge of Shodoshima, on top of a low hill that gazes upon Ginpaura. This hotel prides itself on its location, where you may view the blue sea that the sun illuminates, the surface of the water and sky turning orange, and the island. You can enjoy the panorama of the sea from the open-air bath as you have a soak in the mineral rich waters, which are gentle on the skin. You can also choose from various room styles, such as a suite that comes with an ocean-view jacuzzi, a modern Japanese room, or a room that holds several people. There is free Wi-Fi within the whole hotel.
5. Dormy Inn Takamatsu
This hotel has a wonderful location at the heart of Kagawa Prefecture in Takamatsu, 5 minutes by foot from the Kotoden Kawaramachi Station Limousine Bus Stop. You can choose between an indoor, open-air or high temperature sauna at the large communal bath on the 11th floor. The hot springs here are sure to rid you of your fatigue from your trip! From Thursdays to Sundays, depending on the season, you can find a different type of fruit floating on top of the open-air baths. Each room is compact and functional. You can choose between single or double rooms. The whole hotel has free Wi-Fi installed. You may find staff that can speak English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and/or French.
This area offers popular sightseeing spots, such as Kotohira Shrine with its long stairway. It would be a good idea to relax by soaking in the hot springs after paying a visit to the shrine. Please use this article as reference when looking for a place to stay, as Shodoshima and Takamatsu are both popular areas.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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