This Resort in Japan Is Perfect for Those Who Like Slow Travel
Take your time taking everything in.
Wakanoura Onsen MANPA RESORT
2-10 Shinwakanoura, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture
How to get there: It’s a 40-minute ride on Wakayama Bus from Nankai Railway Wakayama-shi Station bound for JR Wakayama Station. Get off at Shin-waka Yuen bus stop.
A Japan Heritage scenic site, Wakanoura is where Wakanoura Onsen MANPA Resort stands. In this hotel, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery from almost every part of the building, such as the open-air bath, the terrace next to lobby, the restaurant, and every guest room.
The hotel’s restaurant, Shisa-afure, serves dishes made with carefully selected local seafoods and vegetables. With standard dinner plan Umisato no Kisetsu Kaiseki (a traditional Japanese set meal of seasonal seafoods), you can enjoy 10 plates.
In this course, dishes differ every season. During one visit, they served a hot pot meal with cold yellowtail, sake lees, and Wakayama’s radish.
You can also enjoy watching the chefs in their element.
The onsen spa has healing effects for neuralgia and muscle pain. In addition to the bath of each room and open-air bath, there are two types of baths for private use (¥4,309 for 50 min). If you pay ¥5,670 additionally, they can prepare you a rose bath.
Ao-no-Yu, a private bath, becomes fantastic with its LED lights up in the night. While the other private bath, Daidai-no-Yu, is where you can feel the warmth of wood.
In addition to its Standard Room, there’s also rooms with an open-air bath.
This hotel stands at cape of Wakanoura. The interiors became more stylish after their renewal in 2017.
In Sorafune, a lounge only for guests, you can drink free coffee and have a relaxing time. (Open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. )
“For those who would like to have dinner while enjoying the sea, we recommend Restaurant Shisa-afure. For those who prefer relaxing, we recommend private-room restaurant Hannari (¥3,240 for one room). It is for two to four people. Please note that we have only four rooms and reservations are required,” according to the hotel.
“For those who would like to enjoy the feeling of staying in a hotel, try the hotel’s Lunch and Dinner without Bed Plan (¥10,584). The room is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, so you can enjoy the sea or open-air bath”, an assistant manager says.
“In Sorafune, there is a free massage chair. I could use it while looking out over the sea, so I made myself quite comfortable. As there wasn’t any staff, I felt no constraint. However, as there are only two chairs, you have to wait for a while when it is crowded. In such a case, read magazines or picture books kept in the room to kill time. For women, they prepare free nail kit,” one guest says.
1-3 Wakayama City
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last entry is at 5 p.m.)
Once you check out, try to visit Wakayama Castle. It was built by the younger brother of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who ruled Japan in the second half of 16C. The castle tower is currently used as an archive where historical materials are exhibited. From the top of the castle tower, you can see the panoramic view of the streets of Wakayama City and Kino-kawa River.
The Museum of Modern Art Wakayama
1-4-14 Fukiage, Wakayama City
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Mondays
The Museum of Modern Art Wakayama has more than 12,000 collections. It is known as one of the most outstanding museums of a rich collection of the modern and postmodern block prints. The exterior is also characteristic.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Kansai Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (23 January 2018)